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Praying Mantis

Directed by Jack Gold
United Kingdom, 1983
Drama, Crime, Romance


A middle-aged professor’s young bride and his assistant plan to commit a double murder disguised as a “Crime Passionel”, but discover too late that one of their intended victims has become a fellow conspirator.

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Praying Mantis Directed by Jack Gold

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  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film Praying Mantis

    3.5 The British slay TV movies, this is no exception. It kind of drags (152 min. is the uncut), but still a fun straight forward twisted tale of corruption and torture, kind of like an easily digestible pulp novel you read in one sitting, then curl up in your cozy bed gratified. Cherie Lunghi is lovely (and dark); her grace and charm reminiscent of the great Lesley Manville. Du Sautoy is equally exquisitely evil.

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