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Devil in the Flesh (1998)

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When a girl lays eyes on her teacher, sparks fly and so do some heads.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose McGowan ... Debbie Strand
Alex McArthur ... Peter Rinaldi
Peg Shirley ... Fiona Long
J.C. Brandy ... Janie Magray
Phil Morris ... Det. Joe Rosales
Robert Silver Robert Silver ... Det. Phil Archer
Sherrie Rose ... Marilyn
Ryan Bittle ... Greg Straffer
Julia Nickson ... Anna Nakashi
Krissy Carlson Krissy Carlson ... Meegan Wright
Wendy Robie ... Joyce Saunders
Philip Boyd ... Todd Sauser
Milton James ... Mr. Monsour
Morgan Distefano Morgan Distefano ... Student
Aloma Wright ... Secretary


Debbie Strand set a fire that killed her mother and her mother's boyfriend, and is sent to live with her elderly grandmother, who is an ultra-conservative fundamentalist Christian and her dog. Her grandmother is abusive and physically violent, and even forces her to wear her demeaning, outdated clothes. Debbie kills her grandmother's dog and beats her grandmother to death with her cane after she reads her diary and tells her she's putting her in a reform school. Debbie also eyes one of her new teachers, Mr. Rinaldi. After learning that he has a girlfriend, she deletes her messages on his answering machine and tries to kill her so she can have Mr. Rinaldi to herself. Debbie is eventually arrested and placed in an institution. Written by lisakoffler1967@gmail.com

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Release Date:

23 June 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dearly Devoted See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It's very simple ...
27 November 2002 | by jtamburiSee all my reviews

... if you are a fan of Rose McGowan, then you have to see this movie. If you think you may be a fan of Rose McGowan, then you have to see this movie. If you abhor Rose McGowan (as unbelievable as that sounds to me), then skip this movie!

You see, it's all about Rose McGowan. Devil in the Flesh is a one woman show, and that woman does a remarkable job!

This is not a light-hearted fluff comedy. It is surprisingly dark. Many have compared this movie to "The Crush", starring Alicia Silverstone, and for good reason: both movies portray a young under-age girl pursuing an older guy. But there are a few big differences:

1) The point of view is switched. Varying the point of view can make a big difference in the emotional bent of the story, and who we sympathize with. In "The Crush", the point of view was of Cary Elwes' character (who I might add, gave a disappointingly wimpy performance after seeing him in Princess Bride, but I digress). In this movie, the point of view is that of Rose McGowan, and what a great choice!!! By doing this, we get to sympathize with her, love her, and hate her, all at the same time. We really care what happens to her, and what she does to other people.

2) This movie is a lot darker. Without giving anything away, suffice it to say, Rose really kicks butt in this movie. There is no shortage of bodies. One death in particular, which I won't reveal, had me in anticipation and cheering when it finally happened.

3) If you really look at the two films, "Flesh" is the more plausible of the two, if you care about such things. Alicia's character in The Crush was a psychopathic killer who liked to seduce and play with her victims before dispatching them. McGowan's character is the victim of a chain of physically abusive parents (her mother and her grandmother), who seeks an older man that she can love, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Yeah, she's evil also, but don't let that bother you.

Because of these points, Devil in the Flesh, should be compared to movies like "Freeway", starring a young Reese Witherspoon. Any fan of this movie will absolutely love Freeway (which frankly is a much better movie despite McGowan's amazing performance).

Don't get me wrong: Devil in the Flesh is not a great movie. It's barely a good movie. But McGowan's presence is enough to transcend all that - she's so cool. That's reason enough to watch!

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