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Mortal Thoughts (1991)

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Two detectives interrogated a hairdresser on two homicides she may or may not have been involved in.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Cynthia Kellogg
Glenne Headly ... Joyce Urbanski
Bruce Willis ... James Urbanski
John Pankow ... Arthur Kellogg
Harvey Keitel ... Det. John Woods
Billie Neal Billie Neal ... Det. Linda Nealon
Frank Vincent ... Dominic, Joyce's Father
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Gloria, James' Mother
Crystal Field Crystal Field ... Jeanette, Joyce's Mother
Marianne Leone ... Aunt Rita (as Maryanne Leone)
Marc Baron ... Usher (as Marc Tantillo)
Doris McCarthy ... Pat - Cynthia's Mother
Christopher Scotellaro Christopher Scotellaro ... Joey, James' Brother
Ron J. Amodea Ron J. Amodea ... Band Leader
Leonid Merzon Leonid Merzon ... Yuri
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Storyline

The hairdresser, wife and mother Cynthia Kellogg is in police department being interrogated by the experienced detective John Woods and his partner, Detective Linda Nealon. Through flashbacks, she reveals how her best friend and colleague Joyce Urbanski married the scum and nasty James Urbanski; how hard Joyce's life with James was; and why Joyce became a criminal. The smart detective finds some contradictions in her statement and presses Cynthia, trying to disclose the truth of two murders. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Something terrible happened that night. Something everyone wanted to talk about. Something no one was telling the truth about. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, momentary violence, and for some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pensamientos mortales See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,018,321
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Gallagher was originally set to play Arthur Kellogg, but dropped out of the film due to a delay in the filmmaking. John Pankow was immediately cast in his place. See more »

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Camera crew reflected in the van when Joey drives away from Cynthia. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Urbanski: I think I hear him. Like, sometimes I think I hear his voice calling me.Joycie. It's really weird, the way the mind works.
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KUNG FU FIGHTING
Written by Carl Douglas (uncredited) and Biddu (uncredited)
Performed by Carl Douglas
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A Stellar Film Noir
6 July 2003 | by CPT_DoomSee all my reviews

Not being a fan of either Demi Moore or Bruce Willis, I was not prepared to be blown away by both their performances in Mortal Thoughts. The two actors give nuanced and very real performances as regular Jersey folks, and Glenne Headly steals the movie. Demi (Cythia) and Glenne (Joyce) play lifelong friends, both beauticians at Joyce's shop. Joyce is married to the insufferable Jimmy (Willis), who alternately ignores, harasses, and hits her, when he's not out partying. Joyce is constantly talking about killing Jimmy, and since the movie begins during the investigation into his death, the movie raises your suspicion from the start.

The entire movie is told as a flashback during the police questioning of Cynthia, and Demi manages to bring to life a scared, distraught, exhausted and defensive woman whose life as a simple mother of two has been turned upside down. Harvey Keitel, as the lead investigator into the case, gives an amazing performance, supplying the audience with the right level of doubt about Cynthia's story to keep the suspense flying until the end - and all while sitting in the same chair for most of the film! Glenne Headly shows just how good she is as Joyce goes from kooky and fun to paranoid and potentially dangerous. The ending manages to tie all the ends of the mystery up while grabbing at your emotions. Truly a satisfying film for a dark and stormy night.


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