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Mortal Thoughts (1991)

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Two detectives interrogate a hairdresser on two homicides she may or may not have been involved in.

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Alan Rudolph
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Cynthia Kellogg
Glenne Headly ... Joyce Urbanski
Bruce Willis ... James Urbanski
John Pankow ... Arthur Kellogg
Harvey Keitel ... Det. John Woods
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Det. Linda Nealon
Frank Vincent ... Dominic, Joyce's Father
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Gloria, James' Mother
Crystal Field Crystal Field ... Jeanette, Joyce's Mother
Marianne Leone ... Aunt Rita (as Maryanne Leone)
Marc Baron ... Usher (as Marc Tantillo)
Doris McCarthy ... Pat - Cynthia's Mother
Christopher Scotellaro Christopher Scotellaro ... Joey, James' Brother
Ron J. Amodea Ron J. Amodea ... Band Leader
Leonid Merzon Leonid Merzon ... Yuri
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Storyline

The hairdresser, wife and mother Cynthia Kellogg is in police department being interrogated by the experienced detective John Woods and his partner, Detective Linda Nealon. Through flashbacks, she reveals how her best friend and colleague Joyce Urbanski married the scum and nasty James Urbanski; how hard Joyce's life with James was; and why Joyce became a criminal. The smart detective finds some contradictions in her statement and presses Cynthia, trying to disclose the truth of two murders. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Something terrible happened that night. Something everyone wanted to talk about. Something no one was telling the truth about. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, momentary violence, and for some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pensamientos mortales See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,068,524, 21 April 1991

Gross USA:

$18,784,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,784,957
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The James Urbanski role was only a tiny part in the film until Bruce Willis agreed to do the film. See more »

Goofs

Camera crew reflected in the van when Joey drives away from Cynthia. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Kellogg: You know what they say? Most murders are committed by someone you know. Family even.
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Connections

Remade as Anything That Moves (1992) See more »

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Just the Way You Are
Written by Billy Joel (uncredited)
Performed by Billy Joel
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Solid and Underrated
11 June 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

Solid, underrated thriller about murder and the domino effect of lies. Demi Moore stars as Cynthia Kellogg, a woman caught in the middle when her best friend (played by Glenne Headly) murders her jerk of a husband -- or so it seems. Great performances and intriguing plot twists and turns help elevate this forgotten effort from director Alan Rudolph (Breakfast of Champions, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle). Moore and Willis (who went on to marry after reportedly meeting on this film) are particularly effective. Mortal Thoughts is made all the more memorable in that it constantly asks the viewer what he or she would do in the strenuous situations in which the characters find themselves.


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