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Body of Influence (1993)

R | | Drama, Thriller | Video August 1994
A successful psychiatrist has his world turned upside-down by the appearance of an erotic, mystery woman - who makes him prove just how far he will go for her love.

Director:

Gregory Dark (as Gregory Hippolyte)

Writer:

David P. Schreiber (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cassavetes ... Jonathan Brooks
Shannon Whirry ... Laura / Lana
Richard Roundtree ... Harry Reams
Sandahl Bergman ... Clarissa
Anna Karin ... Beth
Don Swayze ... Biker
Catherine Parks ... Helen
Diana Barton Diana Barton ... Jennifer
Michelle Stafford ... Madam
Tiffany Million ... Margaret (as Sandra Margot)
Robert Armstrong Robert Armstrong ... Flashback Man
Ashlie Rhey ... Dominatrix
Linda Ljoka Linda Ljoka ... Third Woman
Caroline Summers Caroline Summers ... Second Woman
Monique Parent ... Chic Woman
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Storyline

A successful psychiatrist (Cassavetes) has his world turned upside-down by the appearance of a mystery woman (Whirry) who cannot recall her own past. Along with a friend (Roundtree), he tries to unlock her secret only to uncover a bizarre series of events. Written by Jeff London

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1994 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Indecent Advances See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Following the UK home video success of Animal Instincts (1992), UK distributors tried to cash-in on the fact that Body of Influence featured the same director and lead actress so they retitled and released the movie as Animal Instincts II. Confusingly the actual sequel to Animal Instincts was released the following year, leading to UK distributors retitling that movie as Animal Instincts III. See more »

Quotes

Laura: [after wripping off her clothes and straddling her psychiatrist's chair] I understand your pain, Jonathan.
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An Abundance Of Nudity On Display Here.
25 March 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Gregory Hippolyte, as with the excellent OBJECT OF OBSESSION, has provided a fine touch as a director, but that is not the case in this instance since the work at hand has relegated such basic elements as plot logic and continuity, acting, and editing to ancillary positions with the greatest emphasis being the disrobing of a generous supply of attractive females in the cast, a number of whom have primarily hardcore pornographic credentials, an apparent goal being bringing to a boil the adolescent juices of what must be a targeted youthful male audience. Nick Cassavetes plays as Dr. Jonathan Brooks, a successful psychoanalyst whose clientèle, it seems, is composed exclusively of plainly desirable but sexually frustrated wives who apparently share a perception that the psychiatric couch is kin to the casting variety, but Brooks remains in control of his libido until the appearance of Laura/Lana (Shannon Whirry), a new patient with an ostensible multiple personality disorder who, while under hypnosis, metamorphoses into a vixen for whose palpable attractions Jonathan is hard run not to yield his reputation and personal safety. A viewer quickly becomes familiar with the complete coordinates of Miss Whirry's ample bosom and may long for an additional garnish from her in the way of acting technique, a not unreasonable expectation as she presents a unique enunciative style, but the overall production is so wanting in quality, and not helped by its intrusive score, with only an occasional wry bit of dialogue sifting through the tedious softcore proceedings, notably this one: when Jonathan is lured by his game playing lover to what he believes is her apartment, he is startled to discover that its tenant is yet another lingerie attired wench, and after he protests to her that he is, in fact, a doctor there to meet a patient, the young woman sneers "Since when do doctors make house calls?" - a very apt and witty line that brings Brooks up short; sadly, the claustrophobic movie, shot in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles and utilizing interior sets almost exclusively, continues on.


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