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Deceived (1991)

A man is murdered when checking authenticity of ancient Egyptian jewelry at a museum. Adrienne finds out after the death of her husband, that he was using a fake name. Are the 2 deaths linked?

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Damian Harris

Writers:

Mary Agnes Donoghue (story), Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Adrienne Saunders
Damon Redfern ... Maitre D'
John Heard ... Jack Saunders
Charles Kassatly ... Waiter
Robin Bartlett ... Charlotte
Ashley Peldon ... Mary Saunders
Beatrice Straight ... Adrienne's Mother
George R. Robertson ... Adrienne's Father
Maia Filar ... Carol Gingold
Tom Irwin ... Harvey
Jan Rubes ... Tomasz
Anais Granofsky ... Ellen
Heidi von Palleske ... Mrs. Peabody
Stanley Anderson ... Det. Kinsella
Peter Stevens Peter Stevens ... Ron
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Storyline

A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. Strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's past, developments that lead her to believe she has been deceived. Written by Joseph Toscano <shumjt@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Haar leven leek perfect maar die gedachte was levensgevaarlijk! (Dutch) Her life seemed perfect but that thought was life threatening!


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El engaño See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,738,096
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Laura Hawn, who appears in one scene with her real-life daughter Goldie Hawn. See more »

Goofs

When Adrienne is painting (right before her husband's accident), the brush she is using is dry. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Jack Saunders: Now, give me the necklace, Adrienne.
Adrienne Saunders: Here... take it.
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Soundtracks

Ka Mate
(uncredited)
Composed by Te Rauparaha
Performed by the Maori War Dancers
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An attractive mystery with some drawbacks.
5 October 2002 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

Hawn, in an attempt to shed her giggling, airheaded screen persona, chose to make this rather dark thriller. In it, she plays a woman who meets a charming man (Heard) by chance and is soon married to him and enjoying a life of bliss and parenthood (to adorable imp Peldon) while dealing in ancient treasures and jewelry. One day, he finds himself in danger of incrimination for a forgery and from there, the plot takes off in hyper-unreal twists and shocks. Hawn, despite some viewers' carping that they couldn't accept her in this type of role, is excellent. She gives a fully committed, intriguing performance. Heard is also extremely effective in his part. They are both damaged by a script that is just too difficult to fully buy and riddled with plot holes. That said, the film is still quite entertaining as an experiment in audience manipulation. More than once, spine-chilling moments of surprise and terror jolt the viewer, no matter how many times they are viewed. The film is geared for audience reaction, but, unfortunately, the logic of the plot doesn't hold up. It hangs together pretty well for the longest time, then gets way out of hand and is all too typical of the thriller films of this era. There also seems to be evidence of cuts (note the billing, but virtual absence of Straight and Robertson as Hawn's parents and the sudden disappearance of underused Bartlett from the story, though she is fourth billed.) On the plus side is a sumptuous and rich-looking production design and a haunting, exceptional music score from Thomas Newman. Newman uses the lower notes that his father found so useful, but creates a modern, unique sound. Fans who can let go of Goldie's PREVIOUS image should find enjoyment in the film along with those who just like to get jolted. Fans of water-tight, intelligent mysteries are in for a let-down. Sadly, Hawn hasn't really attempted to break the mold again since this, joining people like Bill Murray ("The Razor's Edge") who have had immense trouble breaking free of preconceived notions about their area of talent.


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