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The Driver's Seat (1974)

Identikit (original title)
R | | Drama | 10 October 1975 (USA)
Mentally disturbed spinster Lise experiences a series of bizarre encounters in Rome as she searches for someone to murder her.

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Raffaele La Capria (screenplay), Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Lise
Ian Bannen ... Bill
Guido Mannari Guido Mannari ... Carlo
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Helen Fiedke
Luigi Squarzina Luigi Squarzina ... Lead Detective
Maxence Mailfort Maxence Mailfort ... Pierre
Andy Warhol ... English Lord
Anita Bartolucci Anita Bartolucci ... Saleswoman
Gino Giuseppe Gino Giuseppe ... Police Commissioner (as Gino Giuseppe C.S.C.)
Marino Masé ... Traffic Policeman
Bedy Moratti Bedy Moratti ... Dress Shop Owner
Dino Mele ... Police Captain
Alessandro Perrella Alessandro Perrella ... Detective (as Alessandro Perrella C.S.C.)
Quinto Parmeggiani Quinto Parmeggiani ... Hotel Waiter
Nadia Scarpitta Nadia Scarpitta ... Elderly Lady at airport (as Nadia Scarpitta Pernice)
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Storyline

Lise, a mentally unbalanced middle-aged woman travels toward a fatal destiny that she had helped to arrange, as if her own extinction will bring a meaningful existence to its wished-for end - a premeditated search for someone, anyone, with whom she could form a dangerous liaison. Written by alfiehitchie

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Was she really mad enough to plot her own murder?

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

10 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Driver's Seat See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Luchino Visconti had wanted to film this in 1970 with Glenda Jackson in the lead. See more »

Quotes

Bill: I'm staying at the Metropole. I'll book you a room there next to mine. The company will pay for it because I have to have an orgasm a day on my macrobiotic diet, you see?
Lise: I am an idealist.
Bill: Oh, I only meant that... er... if we get acquainted, I think somehow that I'm your type, you know?
Lise: Do you think so?
[he nods]
Lise: Well you're mistaken. When I diet, I diet. And when I orgasm, I orgasm. I don't believe in mixing the two cultures.
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Referenced in Rate It X (1986) See more »

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Great movie but not for everyone
29 November 2003 | by BRAINIAC-2See all my reviews

I disagree with the reviewers here whom simply write this off as a bad movie. "Identikit", or as it is known on the deceptively retitled US videotape release, "Psychotic", is a film that requires the viewer to think about what is happening, studying the disjointed events which gradually come to an ambiguous conclusion (which slightly echoes "Blow-Up" I might add). It is obvious that every detail of this film is deliberate and well crafted. Liz Taylor fans used to her more mainstream movies may be a bit put-off. If you like offbeat dramas from this time period that require a little brainwork then you may dig it. If you like having everything spelled out for you then you may find it "bad". I dug it!


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