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TitleDream Lover (1993)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental
CountryUSA
Length100
GenreThriller
Rating3
DirectorNicholas Kazan
CastJames Spader Madchen Amick Bess Armstrong Frederick Lehne
NotesThis is one of those convoluted films where you might expect a trick ending but in some ways it cops-out. A divorced architect (Spader) swears off women until he meets the exquisite Madchen Amick. In no time at all they're married and having kids. But slowly Spader begins to suspect that his wife is more than she seems. Since we see the whole of Amick in the buff we know she can't be more than she seems, that would be too much. But with the little tricks and sleights of the thriller Spader becomes paranoically jealous and hits her. Her reaction is to have him committed for wife battery. After the initial commitment he appears before a Judge and gets another 100 days in the mental hospital. At this point we're getting confused because the script isn't strong enough to support all this. To give away the ending it is revealed Amick has been plotting all this from the beginning but Spader says there's a flaw in her plan. And he kills her saying he can never be held responsible because he is clinically mad. The detective who initially arrests Spader walks using one crutch. Now have you ever known a policeman who when injured didn't stay off work until his fingernails had grown back?

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