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A Judgment in Stone (1986)

An English woman, psychotic and sexually repressed, murders her sadistic father, then moves to America. She soon secures a job as a maid for a wealthy family. Soon her severe psychosis and ... See full summary »

Director:

Ousama Rawi

Writers:

Ruth Rendell (novel), Elaine Waisglass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Tushingham ... Eunice Parchman
Ross Petty Ross Petty ... George Coverdale
Shelley Peterson Shelley Peterson ... Jackie Coverdale
Jonathan Crombie ... Bobby Coverdale
Jessica Steen ... Melinda Coverdale
Jackie Burroughs ... Joan Smith
Tom Kneebone Tom Kneebone ... Norman Smith
Peter MacNeill ... William
Donald Ewer Donald Ewer ... Mr. Parchman
Joyce Gordon ... Aunt
Aisha Bicknell Aisha Bicknell ... Young Eunice (as Aisha Tushingham)
Gary Krawford Gary Krawford ... Larry
Wanda Cannon ... Bernice
Layne Coleman Layne Coleman ... Pastor
Betty Harris Betty Harris ... Teacher
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An English woman, psychotic and sexually repressed, murders her sadistic father, then moves to America. She soon secures a job as a maid for a wealthy family. Soon her severe psychosis and her attempts to keep her sexuality from asserting itself combine to cause trouble for all concerned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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She cooks. She cleans. She kills.

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Housekeeper See more »

Filming Locations:

Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut, and only film ever directed by, Ousama Rawi. See more »

Connections

References Cinderella (1950) See more »

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There is no fear greater than illiteracy.
8 March 2007 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

Rita Tushingham plays a British woman who murders her father and has an even worse secret: she's illiterate! Oh no! What to do? She moves to America to become a housekeeper for a (rather dysfunctional?!) wealthy family. All is fine and dandy until she flubs up on watering the patriarch's beloved plants because she can't read the instructions he left for her while they were on vacay. This is mostly dull, but has nice touches like incestuous step-sibs, the housekeeper's hilarious whore-turned-religious-freak gal-pal, and a finale that's to die for. Tushingham is excellent as always and revels in the mousiness of her character.


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