Extremities

Overview

Attacked by a masked assailant, Marjorie Farrah Fawcett lives in mortal fear that the unidentified man will strike again -- especially since he knows her address. Sure enough, Joe the attacker James Russo breaks into Marjorie's home and subjects her to a night of terror and sexual humiliation. But Marjorie manages to turns the tables on her attacker, knocking him unconscious and rendering him helpless. The remainder of the story charts Marjorie's battle with herself: should she turn Joe over to the authorities, ...
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Overview

Attacked by a masked assailant, Marjorie Farrah Fawcett lives in mortal fear that the unidentified man will strike again -- especially since he knows her address. Sure enough, Joe the attacker James Russo breaks into Marjorie's home and subjects her to a night of terror and sexual humiliation. But Marjorie manages to turns the tables on her attacker, knocking him unconscious and rendering him helpless. The remainder of the story charts Marjorie's battle with herself: should she turn Joe over to the authorities, who may very well set him free, or should she mete out her own punishment?
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Extremities is half of a good movie married to half of a misguided one. William Mastrosimone's script (adapted from his play) has an effective setup, focusing on the battle of the wits between rapist James Russo and reluctant victim Farrah Fawcett. This half of the film is handled in a gripping, believable style, with Robert M. Young's sympathetic direction offering a sleek narrative mechanism that puts the excellent performances of Russo and Fawcett into sharp focus. Russo is frighteningly believable as the aggressor, creating a villain who matches his feral rage with a scary knack for psychological manipulation, and Fawcett does a great job of conveying the fear and pain of a character trying to survive in a terrible situation. Unfortunately, the film becomes far less believable when the heroine turns the tables on her aggressor: the script suddenly becomes an allegorical talkfest when Fawcett's roommates return home, taking on too many issues and straining for plot twists and turns of behavior that defy credibility (particularly the ending). Young's direction and the gutsy, fully committed quality of Russo and Fawcett's performances keep things engaging but the cluttered, unfocused nature of the second half ultimately saps the experience of its overall power. As far as the roommates go, Alfre Woodard is solid as the script's voice of reason but Diana Scarwid turns in a distractingly hammy performance as the weakest link in the group of roommates. To sum up, Extremities is compelling from moment to moment, particularly during its first half, but is ultimately unsatisfying because it can never decide whether it wants to be a thriller or a polemic (and settles for a half-hearted try at being both).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • UPC: 883904129837
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Farrah Fawcett Marjorie
James Russo Joe
Diana Scarwid Terry
Alfre Woodard Patricia
Sandy Martin Officer Sudow
Eddie Velez 1st Officer
Tom Everett 2nd Officer
Donna Lynn Leavy Woman on Phone
Enid Kent Mother at Police Station
Danika Hendrickson Joe's Daughter
Michael Hennessy Pizza Man
Clare Wren Racquetball Player
James Avery Security Guard
Technical Credits
Robert M. Young Director
Richard Arrington Makeup
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Curtis Clark Cinematographer
Arthur Coburn Editor
Thomas Coleman Producer
Edwin Cook Screenwriter
Wendy Cutler Screenwriter
Jeannie Epper Stunts
Andy Goldberg Screenwriter
Chester Kaczenski Production Designer
William Mastrosimone Screenwriter
George W. Perkins Producer
J.A.C. Redford Score Composer
Michael Rosenblatt Producer
Scott Rosenfelt Producer
Roger Steffens Screenwriter
Burt Sugarman Producer
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