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Exposed (1983)

R | | Drama, Music | 22 April 1983 (USA)
Wisconsin farm girl Elizabeth Carlson leaves family and her English teacher lover behind, and escapes to New York City. There she soon makes a career for herself as a fashion model. During ... See full summary »

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James Toback

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James Toback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Elizabeth Carlson
Rudolf Nureyev ... Daniel Jelline
Harvey Keitel ... Rivas
Ian McShane ... Greg Miller
Bibi Andersson ... Margaret
Ron Randell ... Curt
Pierre Clémenti ... Vic
Dov Gottesfeld Dov Gottesfeld ... Marcel
James Russo ... Nick
Marion Varella Marion Varella ... Bridget Gormann
Murray Moston Murray Moston ... Hotel Manager
Stephanie Farrow Stephanie Farrow ... Waitress
Carmen Carmen ... Lois Straub
Daisy Carrington Daisy Carrington ... Daisy Carlson
Carl Lee Carl Lee ... Duke
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Storyline

Wisconsin farm girl Elizabeth Carlson leaves family and her English teacher lover behind, and escapes to New York City. There she soon makes a career for herself as a fashion model. During a private viewing of paintings, she's approached by a mysterious man whose motives are unclear. Written by Michel Hafner <mhafner@imdb.com>

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al descobert See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,818,910

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,818,910
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United Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut film as an actor for director James Toback. See more »

Goofs

Elizabeth's purse changes positions when she's asking informations on the mosque. When she's outside the purse is on her left side, but when she's inside the purse goes to the right and later returns to the left again when she's about to leave the place. See more »

Quotes

Leo Boscovitch: [first spoken lines in English] The Western world is breaking down. Socially, politically, economically, morally, aesthetically and psychologically. Really, if you look into your own lives there are only two routes of escape from this dark claustrophobic trap: art and romantic love. In the novel you are supposed to read by monday "The Sorrows of Young Werther" Goethe through his art reveals not only the ecstasy of romantic love but also the doomed consequences that necessarily follow. Driven by ...
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Independence Day (1983) (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Shoop Shoop Song
Written by Rudy Clark
Performed by Betty Everett
Courtesy of Vee-Jay International Records
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Kinski: perfect! The film: a mess
12 August 2004 | by brontySee all my reviews

The early 80's seemed to be a ripe time for espionage-themed films and, taken as a whole, is probably somewhere in the middle in terms of quality (goodness knows there were worse!). However, what makes it worth seeing are two things: its European locales (all in monochromatic greys and browns) and, first and foremost, the astonishing and eye-achingly beautiful Kinski, in what may well be her ripest, fiercest, most raw performance captured on film. What surrounds her, unfortunately, is either standard or downright embarassing: wooden supporting performances (particularly Nureyev, who looks singularly uneasy and clodding, ironic for someone who spent a lifetime being praised for his graceful moves), an often senseless plot, and direction that veers from shameful to confused, none of which is helped by sometimes-spastic editing. And yet...there is Kinski, breathing life into this dull affair in spite of itself, wiping everyone else from the screen and the audience's eyes and minds. Here, she is a force to be reckoned with, radiating an intriguing blend of natural awkwardness and just-enough confidence: in essence, she is 100% REAL. There isn't a single false moment delivered by her, as a young woman who falls into the world of both modeling and espionage, giving the film as a whole the unmistakable air of 'what-could-have-been'. If this movie had a tenth of what she provides, it would still rate, despite being dated, as a modern-day classic. As it is, it IS, whatever its many, many flaws, worth seeing (for it's often-silly early-80's fashions, as a time machine, those aforementioned locales) but she is the main reason why. She is brilliant.


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