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Victim of Love (1991)

A psychiatrist (Williams) and her patient (Madsen) are involved with the same man, who may or may not be a murderer.

Director:

Jerry London

Writers:

James Desmarais (as James J. Desmarais), Alison Rosenfeld Desmarais
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierce Brosnan ... Paul Tomlinson
JoBeth Williams ... Tess Palmer
Virginia Madsen ... Carla Simmons
Georgia Brown ... Emma
Murphy Cross ... Roz
Ruben Pla ... Carousel Attendant
Yuri Ogawa Yuri Ogawa ... Japanese Waitress
Gary Bolen Gary Bolen ... Malibu Sheriff
Terry Kohl Terry Kohl ... Fireman
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Storyline

Carla Simmons is a disturbed suicidal young woman, who can't get over her deceitful ex boyfriend. Tess Palmer is her therapist and she's truly worried about Carla's mental state and wants to help her in any way she can. One evening at a party, Tess meats Paul Tomlinson, a charming swab widowed professor with clear interest in her. They become lovers and Tess couldn't be happier. However, during one of her sessions with Carla, she realizes in shock that Carla's ex is her Paul. This is especially worrisome, since Carla claims that Paul's wife's death was no accident. Who should she trust?

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The truth isn't always clear and lies could lead to destruction... See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raw Heat See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Excellent casting sells this TVM
25 October 2005 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

I saw "Victim of Love" under the more provocative title "Raw Heat". The original title may be bland, but it's also more accurate, as the director of this erotic thriller goes out of his way not to show "too much" flesh in the erotic scenes. On the other hand, the film is directed with an unusual sensitivity towards the female characters, and it will probably appeal more to women. The "did-he-or-didn't-he?" story does keep you guessing to the last minute (and beyond!), and most of the credit for that has to go to the skill of the actors: Pierce Brosnan as the mysterious, seductive, possibly murderous professor, Jobeth Wiliams as the "mature" but still very attractive psychiatrist who's longing for love, and Virginia Madsen as her fragile, possibly psychotic patient. They all match their roles perfectly. (**1/2)


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