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Dodelijke omhelzing (1979)

Last Embrace (original title)
Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Murray Teigh Bloom (novel), David Shaber (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Harry Hannan
Janet Margolin ... Ellie Fabian
John Glover ... Richard Peabody
Sam Levene ... Sam Urdell
Charles Napier ... Dave Quittle
Christopher Walken ... Eckart
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes ... Dr. Coopersmith
David Margulies ... Rabbi Josh Drexel
Andrew Duncan ... Bernie Meckler
Marcia Rodd ... Adrian
Gary Goetzman ... Tour Guide (as Gary Getzman)
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... Rabbi Jacobs
Mandy Patinkin ... First Commuter
Max Wright ... Second Commuter
Sandy McLeod Sandy McLeod ... Dorothy Hannan
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Storyline

When his wife is killed in a restaurant shoot-out, intelligence man Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider) has a breakdown and finds that his department doesn't want him back. Someone's trying to kill him and it could be them, though a cryptic Jewish death-threat suggests there's something else going on. His only ally seems to be mousy Ellie Fabian (Janet Margolin) who has managed to move into his New York apartment. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

In the act of love, you will face your murderer. See more »


Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1979 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dodelijke omhelzing See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,537,125
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Miklós Rózsa score for this film was composed in the style of regular Hitch music composer Bernard Herrmann who worked regularly with thriller director Alfred Hitchcock. Music composer Rózsa had actually worked with Hitchcock himself once, on 1945's Spellbound (1945). See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the synagogue, Harry appears to be going through a register book when he finds his grandfather's name. Actually, he's reading a tractate of the Talmud, which is entirely in Aramaica and Hebrew - and he's holding it upside down. See more »

Quotes

Eckart: [indignantly to Harry] You honestly think we'd send up one of our people up to a railroad station in Connecticut just to push you under a train? Okay? OKAY? Now I don't know what you think is goin' on, but it's not us. I just hope it's not you!
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Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Forties
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Arranged by Joe Reisman
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GREATNESS PREVIEW
29 December 2001 | by mibailiffSee all my reviews

This small pic was a preview of great things to come from Jonathan Demme, who went onto MELVIN & HOWARD, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, STOP MAKING SENSE, to name a few other notable works. This was a decent 100 minute time waster that you either got or you didn't, liked or hated. Roy Scheider turned in his always good performance and I didn't mind looking at Janet Margolin in the bathtub.


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