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Up Against Amanda (2000)

After childhood abuse by her step-father and eight years in a juvenile psychiatric lockup, Amanda Lear is released. Her shrink is also her lover, who surreptitiously pays her rent on a nice... See full summary »

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Michael Rissi

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Michael Rissi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justine Priestley ... Amanda Lear
David DeWitt David DeWitt ... Richard Pierce
Karen Grosso Karen Grosso ... Laurie Pierce
Chuck Williams ... Buzz
John Alan Richards John Alan Richards ... Dr. Arnold
Daniel Roebuck ... Officer Red
Willard E. Pugh ... Officer Wharton (as Willard Pugh)
Skippy McGriff Skippy McGriff ... Amanda's Stepdad
Reggie Bannister ... Lead Guitar Ted
William L. Edwards William L. Edwards ... Sergeant Blathen
Roberta Randall Roberta Randall ... Shelly
Ariauna Albright Ariauna Albright ... Nicole (as Ariana Albright)
Meagan Moore Meagan Moore ... Young Amanda Lear (as Meagan Smith)
Alexis Kent Alexis Kent ... Sheila Gallagher
Marika Casteel ... News Reporter
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Storyline

After childhood abuse by her step-father and eight years in a juvenile psychiatric lockup, Amanda Lear is released. Her shrink is also her lover, who surreptitiously pays her rent on a nice house for a year. She moves in, takes one look at her neighbor Richard, and dispatches her doctor. To cover her tracks and to begin her seduction, she gets Richard's help with a security system. Soon she's bugging his calls and spying on him with hidden cameras, taking advantage of a rift between Richard and his wife who's in Nashville cutting a record. Amanda will stop at nothing to get Richard's exclusive attention. Will this good neighbor wise up before the hot tub overheats? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes the beauty is the beast.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2000 (USA) See more »

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Rissi Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

Originally entitled "Malicious" during production. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Lear: It's not the smoke that kills - it's the smoker.
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Interesting Slant on Obsessed Lover Genre
24 March 2002 | by Love2USee all my reviews

This movie was released by Roger Corman, so you know that the filmmakers didn't have much money to work with.

Although, some viewers may miss the subtleties in this movie because of the very typical "obsessed killer" type marketing approach, there are unique differences about this movie.

AMANDA, as played by the obviously talented Justine Priestley, is a complex character. Some people like these movies precisely because the violence can seem random, but here the ramifications of past abuse (dealt with in a realistic but tasteful manner) are what shape the psychosis of AMANDA. Surprisingly, Amanda redeems herself at the end with an act of love, where most of these movies turn into the typical, all out fight to the death and the evil character dies just as evil in the end as to begin with.

Some rough edges in this picture, but I have to give it 7 out of 10 stars based on its thoughtfulness and yes, originality as compared to the usual -- especially on a budget.


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