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83 Ratings

Last Embrace

Directed by Jonathan Demme
United States, 1979


Harry (Roy Scheider) breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated – could it be his turn next ?

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Last Embrace Directed by Jonathan Demme

Critics reviews

The string of visual references, from Dial M for Murder’s scissors to a non-murderous restaging of Psycho’s shower scene, don’t exactly add resonance to Last Embrace’s pulpy narrative, and at times the film suggests as if it’s directed by a less confident Brian De Palma. But that’s not to say Last Embrace isn’t entertaining, even if its thrills are of the cheap and empty-calorie variety, as Demme’s tight control of atmosphere augment a darkly comic study in paranoia.
October 20, 2014
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While Demme isn’t as adept as Brian De Palma at capturing the sheer terror of Hitchcock’s subjective aesthetic, the plot’s treatment of heritage—a string of murders foreshadowed by Aramaic death threats—parallels, and shows his understanding of, his artistic debt.
August 01, 2012
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