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  • Actors: Madeleine Stowe, Alan Rickman
  • Directors: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Writers: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Janet Meyers, Karen Koch, Ron Howard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 12, 1991
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302135397
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,815 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Indian-born, American-educated director Radha Bharadwaj based her allegorical thriller on the work of her husband with Amnesty International. The story concerns The Woman (Madeleine Stowe), a children's book writer who, in an unspecified country, is abducted from her bed in the middle of the night and imprisoned for writing subversive literature. She declares her books to be pure fantasies, but her well-dressed inquisitor The Man (Alan Rickman) sees the books as allegorical attacks on the State. In the form of a long dialogue between The Man and The Woman, The Man, through psychological and physical torture, attempts to get The Woman to confess. But The Woman endures, refusing to buckle under to The Man's relentless interrogation.

Customer Reviews

This movie is very, very emotional.
"zootycoonlady"
Full of phycologicaly disturbing emotions and flashbacks, the actors are both perfectly in character. the backround music also adds an extrmely creepy touch to it.
Sarah Han
They found the movie enlightening and interesting and disturbing at the same time.
M. Flagg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By "zootycoonlady" on February 16, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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Oh, yes, the movie. This movie is very, very emotional. It's about a gvmt. interrogator who accuses a writer of children's books of putting political propoganda in her books. LOTS of madness ensues. There are only two people in this movie, Alan Rickman (Interrogator) and Madeline Stowe (Victim). The Interrogator tries to break the Victim into admitting that she's putting political stuff in her books throughout the whole movie. Now, this may sound like boring suff, but the script and the acting and the story is so superb that the one and a half hours actually goes by quickly, with the viewer wanting to watch more.
Alan Rickman does an Oscar caliber job as the Interrogator. At first, he's calm and "kind" to the Victim; soon, he starts to break down. The scene where the Interrogator pretends to be two people at once shows SHEER ACTING TALENT.
Madeline Stowe is equally good as the victim, and the monologue she does inside the closet toward the end of the film was so well done the viewer could visualize everything she was talking about, and it's as if you were there.
However, this movie is very disturbing, with scenes of violence, and references to rape and abuse. It's one intense ride from beginning to end. This is psychological drama to the max, and it's deeply though provoking, disturbing, and talent-filled.
Don't miss your chance to get this movie! Or else, you probably will never see it again, except on obscure websites, selling for fifty bucks. Which is still worth it, but take the chance to get it on Amazon... while you still can.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Flagg on September 12, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I watched this film with 3 guys of the terminator persuation. I asked them to try something different and see what they thought. If it Stank, we could always watch something mindless that explodes alot. We turned out the light and started the movie... Not a single peep from any of them until the end of the film. Suddenly, intellectual discussion spontaneously erupted from these otherwise shallow people...I was astounded. They found the movie enlightening and interesting and disturbing at the same time. Note: there are only two people in the entire film? This should have been on stage. Rickman was amazing and Stowe was a bright shining star.

Highly recommend as a change of pace...Topic is an adult one, I would say no children under 15.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I watched this movie in the theatre when it came out in 1991. I was a senior in high school and was mezmorized and intrigued by the film. Two actors in basically one room through the entire film. I wasn't thrilled about my friends choice to go see it, however I walked away knowing I would never forget seeing this movie.
Worth five times the money to purchase it. It's not a film with a million budget so it will probably vanish in the near future. SAD because it is some of the best acting I've seen.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is a very powerful, moving and skillfully written and acted film. The above mentioned reviewer is most likely a product of the MTV generation of fast takes and shallow dialog. Often times movies that are panned by the 'common folk', are done so, because they watch movies for pure entertainment and have no appreciation for what goes into the craft of direction, dialog and overall film making.
This movie will not leave you with a 'good' feeling, but at least it will leave you with a profound impact.
No, it may not mirror true reality, but what film actually does completely.
I rented this movie years ago, (I do confess to wanting to see the lovely Madeline Stowe and the versatile actor Rickman) but was quickly absorbed into its depth and power.
Watch it in a quiet room with little distraction and I assure you; you will be moved.
and contrary to the earlier reviewers comments: I am not an actor, and I REALLY doubt the reviewer's belief in most of the viewers analysis of other reviewers. I give the film 5 stars to negate an otherwise insulting and innacurate portrayal of this wonderful movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I am an actor from the U.K. and had to rent a copy of this film whilst on holiday in L.A. to see it; since it's `release' in 1991 it has virtually vanished without trace! It has been performed as a play [adapted by Bharadwaj] both in the U.S. and U.K. - I saw a production last year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Though often pigeonholed as the snarling villain, Alan Rickman here produces work of real subtlety, allowing the audience to peer inside the interrogator as he peers into Madeline Stowe's prisoner; particulaly moving is the scene in which as the `resident witness' he describes himself to the prisoner in the third person. I got the feeling this is the interrogator's only release in the world he has found himself in. Stowe also gets a chance to shine - I suspect she has `risen' to films from much experience in the theatre; her monologue, which allows the camera to linger on her for two minutes, shows real power and sensitivity. A shame then, that this film was not `picked up' on release. In toning down the film or shifting locations Radha Bharadwaj may have made the film more accessible, and ultimately less powerful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jadzia dax on January 18, 2006
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this incredibly intense movie is the thing of nightmares, both for the viewer and the character played by madeline stowe.

the only different slant i have to add from what other viewers have said is besides wanting to hate and fear Alan Rickman's character-i also think one has to also feel sorry for him.

what made him a child molester in the first place? was he really a college professor at one time? did the government "recruit" him as a torturer/interogator against his will? is he really being watched as he performs his "job" and what are the consequences to him if he disobeys? has he himself bee through some type of tortue and been "broken"? what is the meaning of the scene of him driving in the rain during a particularly intense part of the film-does he also have a "closet land" that he escapes to while performing inhuman acts of tortue? does he really regret all he is doing/has done or does it give him pleasure

only mr. rickman can inspire such conflicting feelings in us.
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Is this in English?
I realize yours is an old post be I'll answer it anyway, seeing as how no one else has. Yes the film is in English. It stars Alan Rickman ( Harry Potter, Sense And Sensibility, Die Hard, etc.) and Madeleine Stowe (whom you can currently see in Revenge on TV).
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