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Whispers in the Dark (1992)

Annabella Sciorra , Jamey Sheridan , Christopher Crowe  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Annabella Sciorra, Jamey Sheridan, Alan Alda, Anthony LaPaglia, Jill Clayburgh
  • Directors: Christopher Crowe
  • Writers: Christopher Crowe
  • Producers: Andrew Deane, Eric Freiser, Martin Bregman, Michael Bregman, Richard Gitelson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I8322
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Whispers in the Dark" on IMDb

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Annabella Sciorra plays a Manhattan shrink with a couple of particularly troubling patients. The most haunting is a woman (Deborah Unger) with unusually kinky sexual tastes; Sciorra gets gooned out when she realizes that her new boyfriend (Jamey Sheridan) is the same guy her patient has been seeing. And when the patient winds up dead, Sciorra begins looking slantwise at her boyfriend. Unfortunately, despite some spooky mood setting, this psychological thriller goes in circles and ends up nowhere, thanks to the implausible stretches of writer-director Christopher Crowe's script. Sciorra seems hollow at the film's center, though Sheridan brings a certain scary charisma to his boyfriend role and Alan Alda is solid as her psychiatric mentor. "--Marshall Fine"

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Whispers in the Dark (1992), an entertaining whodunit/whydunit, may also fall conveniently under the category, "white-collar thriller". Similar to films produced around this period: Malice (1993), Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992), and Single White Female (1992), Whispers in the Dark focuses its attentions on Ann Hecker (Annabella Sciorra) whose psychiatric practice may suffer irreparably as a result of engaging the attentions of Doug McDowell (Jamey Sheridan), a robust pilot who flirts with Ann one morning while standing in a crowded elevator.

What begins as a minor flirtation sets in motion a series of events, one of which results in the murder of one of Ann's clients, Eve Abergray (Deborah Kara), who had a history of exploring sexually deviant acts with an unnamed boyfriend of similar erotic tastes. As the film progresses, Ann has just cause to suspect Doug of foul play. Larry Morgenstern (Anthony LaPaglia), a tough and unflinching detective, harasses Ann for her session notes and resents what he feels to be the inanities of her chosen profession. Yet as the film continues, Crowe offers a higher body count than one would expect from the closed world of artists and their attendant shrinks. At any given point, anybody might be capable of murder. Ann's mentor, Leo Green (Alan Alda), a likeable and easy going director of psychiatric medicine, aids Ann in her own need to process a past that has left her haunted and troubled, particularly in her relations with men.

At the conclusion of the film, one wonders if Crowe's intention was to offer a timely critique of helping professions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's good. Honest. March 31, 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
I don't know why reviewers were so harsh with this film. It was interesting and entertaining, and it kept me quessing, even though the other contributers on this page gave away the ending without warning of "spoilers." I recommend this film when you are not in the mood for the latest "critical success/oscar contender," preferring instead a nifty little mystery. It gets points also for having a straightforward ending, and not one of this twists where you go "huh?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Viewed: 7/12
Rate: 2

7/12: Whispers in the Dark gives Color of Night and Basic Instinct a serious run for their money for the worst psychobabble thriller and probably hands down wins it. While the acting and dialogues seem to be perfectly fine, it's the hackneyed script that manages to reach for the over-the-top logic and throw a lot of curveballs on purpose. I had formed a conjecture and stuck fast with whom might be the killer, and the revelation was not surprising the least bit. Then, to think about it, it does not make any sense whatsoever. It's just exactly what I was waiting for. However, the pathetic sight of the killer's embarrassing anger in an epic meltdown afterwards is another story. You just have to see it to believe it. Legions of fans will find this surprising as well. Speaking of the tapes, what kind of an intellectual idiot would leave them in an open view for others to listen to if they are the most intimate secrets? The cop really does overstep the line and become so contumelious that he ought to be sued for his unethical methods and have his badge taken away. So, all in all, congratulations to everybody all around for winning the Worst Psychobabble Film, and Alan Alda...please find better scripts or just retire. By the way, the title of the film should have been Trust or Gullibility.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Men And Women in 1990s New York January 30, 2006
I give WHISPERS IN THE DARk an extra star for attempting to say something about adult sexuality, an area into which very few American movies seem to want to venture. Annabella Sciorra stars as Ann, a young psychiatrist with trust issues of her own. She has been unable to keep any relationship going with any man. The one boyfriend she's living with has a serious drinking problem and on top of it confronts her (underneath a terribly symbolic painting of a wailing girl) with an ultimatum that he's leaving her, adding insult to injury because she realizes she should long ago have stepped up to the plate and walked out on *his* ass instead of vice versa.

Most of Ann's immediate problems stem from her interactions with her two star patients, an artist and his dealer. John Leguizamo's the artist, born with a curse that sets him apart from his fellow man: when he meets a beautiful woman, he doesn't want to make love to her, he wants to hear her whimper with suffering. Leguizamo contributes a convincing portrayal of a total creep, but he's so little you wonder could he really do any damage to anybody? How tall is he, five feet one? Even Annabella Sciorra seems to tower over him and she's a tiny little thing. However Leguizamo's black leather pants were expertly fitted and give him enough of the old Hollywood oomph to make this a great debut for him, even though you've seen him do this shtick in every role he's played since then. Ann's other patient, Eve, the gallerist, is played by the one and only Deborah Kara Unger (here billed before she thought of adding "Kara" to her name) in a completely over the top performance as a woman who can't stay dressed for more than a few minutes at a time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
Enjoyed this movie. The ending was a surprise and didn't make a lot of sense but it's still a good suspense flick.
Published 23 days ago by Candi
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
I thought the movie was great. The ending was amazing!!! I was totally fooled! Its a real whodunnit!! loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Peltz
4.0 out of 5 stars Under Appreciated Film
I was always a fan of the movie because it has some interesting characters and a killer (no pun intended) score by Thomas Newman.
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin
4.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't See That Coming
The ending, I mean. Okay, I probably should have, but I didn't. Watched this movie a long time ago, but it always stuck with me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. MCDONOUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars WHISPERS IN THE DARK
This movie is excellent! There are so many twists and turns in this movie and really I had seen it years ago but wanted to see it again with my family. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BARBARA JOSEPH
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
Very good suspenseful movie. I have watched it a number of times over the years, and promise you it is a good buy. Enjoy!!!
Published 11 months ago by Lisa Phyllis Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars hot thriller
ok this thriller has alot of sexual content ....highly sexually charged it....alan alda is awesome...this movie has great twists.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by wolfven
5.0 out of 5 stars terrifying
This has to be one of the most terrifying movies I've ever seen. Granted it was a long time ago, but so terrifying I don't think I can watch it again. Read more
Published 17 months ago by pokemon mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Thriller
Whispers in the Dark is a sexy, whodunit thriller with a huge twist that I didn't see coming. I love it when that happens. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Calamity Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers In The Dark
I placed an order of the DVD Whispers in the Dark from Iain Kay. Mr Kay was very prompt in answering my request and mailing my DVD out to me. Read more
Published on September 15, 2010 by desertgeezer
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