- 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: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Fox Video
- VHS Release Date: September 12, 1991
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302135397
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Highly recommend as a change of pace...Topic is an adult one, I would say no children under 15.
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.
are you the type who must watch a film to KEEP from thinking? Are you always looking for pure entertainment?
If you answered yes to any of that- be careful of watching this film. It is perhaps the single most dramatic piece either actour will ever attempt on film. It is enough to scare the daylights out of the sane and confirm the cruelty of the world to the unbalanced.
I will not tell you the story line. I will tell you that it will leave you sitting in silence, contemplating the entirity of the film. and never again will you look upon human rights violations with the same disconnection. We in the US live in relative safety from our governmental types. Most of the world does not.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was advertised ad brand new but there was definitely damage to the case and to the tape itself inside. Love this movie but this seller lies.Published 4 months ago by Adrienne
Mesmerizing. Riveting. Thought provoking. This is one of those movies where the hair on my arms stood on end knowing that the potential for this to reflect a "true... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hedda Elizabeth
Has never worked in my DVD player, even with the correct language setting.Published 10 months ago by Shannon Lynch
Great acting by only two people seen in the movie... Sammy ZippoPublished 16 months ago by Sammy Zippo
Rare and intriguing movie, wish it had been in English. Dubbing won't give you that deep velvet voice of Alan Rickman.Published 17 months ago by Christi-Ann
This movie would not play in our dvd or the blue ray . I was not very happy with this movie, I would like to send it back?Published 18 months ago by Linda Vavra
more psychologically than graphically disturbing, this film showcases two people, one of whom is accused of writing a subversive children's book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Viva