Mortal Thoughts
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Mortal Thoughts

Director: Alan Rudolph

Cast: Alan Rudolph, Demi Moore, Glenne Headly, Bruce Willis

     
 

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Mortal Thoughts is a low-key thriller revolving around the relationship between two best friends who are involved in the death of one of their husbands. The movie unfolds as the events leading to a confession are shown in flashback. Joyce (Glenne Headly) is married to the abusive, unfaithful James (Bruce Willis). During an outing at a carnival, James is killed,…  See more details below

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Mortal Thoughts is a low-key thriller revolving around the relationship between two best friends who are involved in the death of one of their husbands. The movie unfolds as the events leading to a confession are shown in flashback. Joyce (Glenne Headly) is married to the abusive, unfaithful James (Bruce Willis). During an outing at a carnival, James is killed, and Joyce and her best friend Cynthia (Demi Moore) try to cover up the murder.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Director Alan Rudolph takes a dramatic detour from his typical dreamy style with this gripping tale of a blue-collar homicide investigation. Bruce Willis plays a more vicious version of his familiar working-class blowhard, here, a poster boy for spousal abuse. When the police find his corpse, his wife (Glenne Headley) and her best friend (Demi Moore) are brought in for interrogation. A completely absorbing study of the dynamics of a dysfunctional marriage and an unusual friendship, its depiction of the way in which murder can erupt in the midst of a seemingly ordinary milieu is utterly convincing. While the film emphasizes the unhappiness of both women with their husbands, Headley clearly has the worse deal, and it makes clear how, given the financial pains of the alternatives, she would rather joke about killing her husband than suing for divorce. The fascination
evulsion of Moore with her friend's marriage worries even her dim-witted husband (John Pankow), but she fails to heed his warning. The willingness of the two women to blandly accept what they've done, if only for a time, is an unsettling reminder of the banality of evil. Willis and Headley give beautifully nuanced performances, but the revelation here is Moore, in what may be her best work.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
UPC:
0043396507494
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:42:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Demi Moore Cynthia Kellogg
Glenne Headly Joyce Urbanski
Bruce Willis James Urbanski
Harvey Keitel Det. John Woods
John Pankow Arthur Kellogg
Billie Neal Det. Linda Nealon
Peter Gallagher Actor
Donna Isaacson Actor
John Lyons Actor
David Willis Mr. Urbanski
Frank Vincent Dominic Marino
Karen Shallo Gloria Urbanski
Crystal Field Jeanette Marino
Marianne Leone Aunt Rita
Marc Tantillo Usher
Doris McCarthy Pat (Cynthia's Mom)
Christopher Scotellaro Joey Urbanski
Ron J. Amodea Band Leader
Leonid Merzon Yuri
Kelly Cinnante Cookie
Christopher Peacock Irish Kid
Bruce Smolanoff Irish Kid
Elain Graham Woman Police Sergeant
Thomas Quinn Detective Seltzer
Brandon Messemer Cynthia's Baby
Richard Messemer Cynthia's Baby
Larry Attile Sydney Levitt
Roger Shamas Krishna Kolhatkar
Star Jasper Lauren (Cynthia's Sister)
Lindsay Rodio Jennifer Kellogg - as a 3-year-old
Julie Garfield Maria Urbanski
Edward Chip Rogers Detective
James Pecora Cop
Elaine Eldridge Customer in Salon
Kimberly Comprix Tina
Anna Marie Wieder Candy

Technical Credits
Alan Rudolph Director
Gary Alper Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Benjamin Executive Producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Producer
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
John Fiedler Producer
Janet Flora Makeup
Taylor Hackford Executive Producer
Hope Hanafin Costumes/Costume Designer
Donna Isaacson Casting
Mark Isham Score Composer
Claude Kerven Screenwriter
Beth Kushnick Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
John Lyons Casting
Demi Moore Co-producer
William Reilly Screenwriter
Robert K. Shaw Art Director
Mark Tarlov Producer
Tom Walls Editor

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