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Whispers in the Dark

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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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  • 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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I8322
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Whispers in the Dark" on IMDb

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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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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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Excellent. Better than I anticipated. It's a keeper. Alan Alda stars in this film and he was most definitely out of his usual characters he plays but he did pull it off. Very unsuspecting is all I can say here. This flick is most definitely worth a watch.
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An uneasy mixture of thrills, chills and camp, "Whispers in the Dark" came out the same time as "Basic Instinct" and, although it lacks the high cheese factor that distinguishes that film, it has its moments. Psychiatrist Ann Hecker (Annabella Sciorra) is trapped in a dead end relationship which makes listening to one of her patient's (Deborah Unger in a sultry, memorable performance)unusual sexual exploits difficult. Seeking solice she seeks advice from her mentor (Alan Alda). When she becomes involved with a man (the underrated and great Jamey Sheridan) she meets in an elevator, she finds some fulfulliment. Then one of her patient's is murdered and evidence points to her new boyfriend as a possible suspect her world is turned upside down.

With a twist ending out of Agatha Christie (albeit involving sexual jealous as a motive), "Whispers in the Dark" is a bit uneven but a throughly enjoyable mystery thriller that you might see Lifetime (although without the sexual explicitness). Christopher Crowe (screenwriter of "The Last of the Mohicans")does a great job directing his screenplay. With memorable performances from a strong supporting cas including Jill Clayburgh, John Leguizamo and Anthony LaPaglia, "Whispers in the Dark" doesn't come with any extras on DVD but has a nice transfer that looks sharp with solid color reproduction.
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