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49 Ratings

Mortal Thoughts

Directed by Alan Rudolph
United States, 1991


Cynthia Kellogg walks into a police station with some disturbing things to get off her chest: Her best friend, Joyce, has murdered her abusive husband — and Cynthia has helped her cover it up.

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Mortal Thoughts Directed by Alan Rudolph

Awards & Festivals

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1992 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

1992 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

Critics reviews

…A strong and gripping picture that nonetheless leaves me ambivalent… The problem isn’t that Mortal Thoughts is condescending or inhumane or unfeeling toward its characters: on the contrary, it draws us into the worst of their problems with a great deal of compassion and understanding. But it never, not even for an instant, allows us to make the leap that a novel or short story by, say, Nelson Algren would, in order to imagine that these events could happen to us or people close to us.
April 26, 1991
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