Mesmerized

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This psychodrama is set in New Zealand during the 1880s and is based on the true story of an orphaned 18-year-old who marries a cruel, much-older man. He constantly abuses her and keeps her under his thumb until she snaps and using hypnotism, kills him. Later she is tried in court.
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Jodie Foster, John Lithgow, Michael Murphy, Dan Shor, Harry Andrews 12/18/1998 DVD New 1984 Run time: 94.

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DVD Brand New 6 Based on true accounts of the Victoria Thompson murder trial, MESMERIZED tells the story of an 18-year old orphan who is forced into an arranged marriage with a ... cruel older man. Set in New Zealand in the 1800s, this drama stars Jodi Foster as penniless, naive Victoria, who at the young age of 17, is coerced to move into her new husband's home. Before long, Victoria realizes that Oliver Thomspon (John Lithgow) has some strange sexual habits, and an abusive nature. Concerned for her own safety, Victoria ponders what desperate measures she'll have to take in order to become free of this terrible arrangement. Thus, when Oliver turns up dead, Victoria becomes the prime suspect, arousing the scorn of the entire nation. Both leads give solid performances as Victoria and Oliver, with Foster's understated performance as Victoria nicely contrasting Lithgow's more extravagant portrayal of Oliver. The film thrives from this interesting couple dynamic. Read more Show Less

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This psychodrama is set in New Zealand during the 1880s and is based on the true story of an orphaned 18-year-old who marries a cruel, much-older man. He constantly abuses her and keeps her under his thumb until she snaps and using hypnotism, kills him. Later she is tried in court.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/1998
  • UPC: 619543002732
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Victoria
John Lithgow Oliver Thompson
Michael Murphy Wilson
Harry Andrews Old Thompson
Dan Shor George
Philip Holder Dr. Finch
Reg Evans Mr. Simmons
Jonathan Hardy Burley
Don Selwyn Joseph
Derek Hardwick Longwood
David Baxter Court Heckler
David Baxter Court Heckler
Karl Bradley Dentist
David Cameron Shipping Clerk
Norman Fairley Bailiff
Norman Fletcher Merchant at Races
Bob Gould Judge
Ian Harrop Court Heckler
Rob Jayne Prison Chaplain
John Smith Jury Foreman
Sheila Summers Head Matron
Beryl TeWiata Mrs. Simmons
John Wingrove Victoria's Grandfather
Technical Credits
Michael Laughlin Director, Screenwriter
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Jodie Foster Co-producer
Antony I. Ginnane Producer
Louis Horvath Cinematographer
Jerzy Skolimowski Screenwriter
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Side #1 -- Mesmerized
0. Chapters
1. An Arranged Marriage [9:02]
2. Disturbing Habits [5:15]
3. A Secret Revealed [8:53]
4. A Terrible Accident [8:33]
5. More Misfortune [9:06]
6. Doctor Mesmer [12:10]
7. Rat Poison [7:20]
8. A Turn For The Worse [8:30]
9. Murder Most Foul [14:32]
10. Reunited [6:20]
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