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An Indecent Obsession (1985)

Sister Honour Langtree (Wendy Hughes), is in charge of a military hospital for psychiatric patients. She however transgresses boundaries by developing a sexual attraction for a new patient.

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Lex Marinos
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Complete credited cast:
Wendy Hughes ... Honour Langtry
Gary Sweet ... Michael Wilson
Richard Moir ... Luce Daggett
Jonathan Hyde ... Neil Parkinson
Bruno Lawrence ... Matt Sawyer
Mark Little ... Benedict Maynard
Tony Sheldon ... Nugget Jones
Bill Hunter ... Colonel Chinstrap
Julia Blake ... Matron
Caroline Gillmer Caroline Gillmer ... Sally
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Finlay Marina Finlay ... Sue Pedder
Masayuki Fujioka Masayuki Fujioka ... Japanese Soldier
John Sheerin John Sheerin ... RSM
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Sister Honour Langtree (Wendy Hughes), is in charge of a military hospital for psychiatric patients. She however transgresses boundaries by developing a sexual attraction for a new patient.

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1985 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Une indécente obsession See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie is set in a medical camp at the end of World War II during 1945. It's main focus is its psychiatric ward, Ward X aka Troppo Ward. The film stars Australian actor Richard Moir as Luce Daggett as one of a number of patients who have a psychiatric medical disability, disease or condition such as blindness, schizophrenia, hypochondria, homophobia, psychoticism or battle fatigue. Moir received an Australian Film Institute Best Actor Nomination for his performance in this film. Sadly, five years later in 1990, Moir was diagnosed with a real life degenerative medical disability, Parkinson's Disease. See more »

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When Sergeant Wilson arrives, he is wearing a set of campaign ribbons indicating the areas in which he served during the war. The medals would not have been designed by this time (immediately after the Japanese surrender) much less issued. See more »

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Yankee Doodle
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Whistled by the Ward X patients
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Film an indecency, to our novelist Colleen.
17 November 2016 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

I somehow get the feeling, the CM novel didn't translate well to screen, where beyond the really good performances, for which Moir and Little, were justly commended, especially Little (he's brilliant) though I really liked Garry Sweet's performance too, the film just doesn't rise to the occasion, or how it should of gone. Basically the story deals with military psychiatric patients, housed together, where Hughes, their carer, and others sisters of war seem quite lonely types. Hughes develops a sexual obsession for newcomer, Sweet which sends Moir's violently crazed self, spiraling into jealousy, and predictably his own death, (a particular violent scene) or was it murder. The film's ending song, is so out of place, I couldn't understand it. It didn't go with any of this misfire of a film. Yeah, the intimate scene with Hughes and Sweet was beautiful and touching, but this film was way from that.


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