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Torso (2002)

Kathleen Robertson , Victor Garber , Alex Chapple  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kathleen Robertson, Victor Garber, Brenda Fricker, Callum Keith Rennie, Ken James
  • Directors: Alex Chapple
  • Writers: Dennis Foon, Marjorie Freeman Campbell
  • Producers: Christina Jennings, Laura Harbin, Paul Stephens, Peter Emerson, Scott Garvie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OVB9YY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Torso" on IMDb

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The 1947 trial of Evelyn Dick shocked the world and still remains one of the most lurid murder cases in history. After the torso of her missing husband is found, Evelyn is arrested for his murder. Sentenced to hang, the young and beautiful widow is later acquitted of all crimes. But after a tip from her father, police find the decayed remains of Evelyn’s infant son buried under the floor boards in her home…. Based on the best-selling book by Marjorie Freeman Campbell, starring Kathleen Robertson, Callum Keith Rennie, Brenda Fricker and Victor Garber.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, fascinating murder case! April 29, 2006
Just saw the Canadian film "Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story" on the Lifetime Channel and loved it. While I was watching it, I had little or no sense that I was watching a made-for-TV movie, so good were the sets, costumes, and production values. I was hooked from beginning to end, sucked in by the fascinating story of a 1940s Canadian murder case with which I was completely unfamiliar.

The always elegant Victor Garber, a native Canadian whose performance as ship's designer Thomas Andrews in "Titanic" was so memorable, is wonderful in "Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story" as the insightful Canadian attorney J.J. Robinette, who shouldered Evelyn Dick's cause when no one else would touch it and managed to save her life against all odds. Legendary Irish stage and screen veteran Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot," "Veronica Guerin") turns in a chilling and masterful performance here as the lethal matriarch pimping out her daughter Evelyn to upper crust Canadians in 1940s Ontario.

The true revelation for me, however, is Kathleen Robertson as Evelyn Dick. I've had no real exposure to Robertson's work before seeing this film, but a perusal of her filmography indicates that she deserves a much better chance to shine than she's had in her previous films. She certainly does shine in this one, her stunning physical beauty by no means her only asset. She manages to understand and capture Evelyn Dick's slippery character on every conceivable level and imbues her with a poignant depth that inspires compassion and revulsion in equal measure.

Kathleen Robertson, incidentally, is a native of Hamilton, Ontario, where the woman she portrays in this film, Evelyn Dick, was brought to trial for murder 60 years ago in 1946/1947.
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You would be hard pressed to identify this as a made-for-television movie. The cinematography and production design are superior to most theatrical features (angular and overhead camera shots, tight shots on Kathleen Robertson, period costuming and good sets). It really transports the viewer back to 1940's Ontario. They paid attention to the details and put serious money into creating a stylish stage on which Robertson turns in a truly fine performance.

She plays a young woman from a horribly abusive family; and what with the flashbacks she convincingly plays herself from about age 13 to age 26 (in fact the flashback to her at age 13 is the most convincing scene in the film). Under a cynical veneer is someone so scarred that she cannot really defend herself against two murder charges, but with the cool elliptical storytelling technique it is some time before the viewer understands the whole dynamic. The film is really about peeling back her protective layers. Instead of a traditional narrative about a character undergoing changes, what changes here is not the character but the viewer's perception of the character.

Robertson was born for this role. I have generally liked her in other stuff but have felt a bit uneasy-when she smiles it seems like she is conning me. This works against her in "good girl" roles ("Maniac Mansion" and "Splendor") but could actually work for her in "bad girl" roles. And it certainly does here where her character is as ambiguous as any you are likely to find.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like the story February 28, 2005
Although a lot of the details of this true crime story is lacking, there is much to the character of Evelyn, obviously mistreated by her parents and brainwashed, she was a playthign for the rich to please her parents who then pinned a murder on her. It's a sad piece of history and the costume designs are wonderful on the Canadian actress who played Evelyn. I've watchedit everytime it's come one, because I think the characters are so interesting, especially if you lie true crime, also see Heavenly Creatures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and hard to find December 29, 2013
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A movie based on a true and dreadful event please don't miss this small film. The Alley Cats' songs are wonderful. Brenda Fricker is beautiful in her portrayal of the tragic Evelyn Dick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Robertson is brilliant December 24, 2007
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This is based on a true story from Canada, and it is very well done. You do actually get into the mind of the main character a bit, and see how she could very easily have committed the murders. Still, no one has ever been convicted of her husband's death. Kathlees Robertson, however, is absolutely wonderful. She is a very lovely woman, but I was not really impressed until I saw her in "Tin Man". She is a good actress, but she is especially great at playing evil or misunderstood evil characters. This is a good movie and well worth watching.
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