Sisters

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Overview

A reporter gets more than she bargained for when she tries to prove that a murder has occurred in Brian De Palma's disturbing thriller. Danielle Margot Kidder meets Phillip Lisle Wilson on a "Peeping Tom"-themed game show and, dodging her ex-husband Emil William Finley, takes him back to her apartment. But Danielle has a separated Siamese twin sister, Dominique, who is not pleased about the overnight guest. Journalist neighbor Grace Jennifer Salt sees Phillip slaughtered by one of them through her window; the ...
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Overview

A reporter gets more than she bargained for when she tries to prove that a murder has occurred in Brian De Palma's disturbing thriller. Danielle Margot Kidder meets Phillip Lisle Wilson on a "Peeping Tom"-themed game show and, dodging her ex-husband Emil William Finley, takes him back to her apartment. But Danielle has a separated Siamese twin sister, Dominique, who is not pleased about the overnight guest. Journalist neighbor Grace Jennifer Salt sees Phillip slaughtered by one of them through her window; the body vanishes before she can convince a skeptical detective Dolph Sweet to take a look. Determined to prove that she's right and get a career-advancing story, Grace investigates, assisted by a private eye Charles Durning, and becomes more involved in the relationships among Danielle, Dominique, and Emil than she ever expected.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Subtle psychological tension is punctuated by some kitchen-knife slashing in Brian De Palma's underrated thriller Sisters. Margot Kidder plays Danielle Breton, a model/actress in New York City whose romantic life is complicated by her demented -- and violent -- twin sister. De Palma's flair for the choreography of suspense is completely on display here, most notably in a few beautifully engineered split-screen sequences a technique he would employ again in Carrie. Also typically De Palma are the shades of Alfred Hitchcock in Sisters, including a few scenes straight out of Rear Window and a haunting score by longtime Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. The performances are all solid if low-key, save for Kidder's. And while the story unfolds rather slowly, it packs several clever twists capped off by a brilliantly off-kilter hypnosis sequence, resulting in an effective thriller that stands among De Palma's best films.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In Sisters, Brian De Palma reworks elements of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Rear Window to tell a timely and eerie tale about the fate of women who deviate from normalcy in ways that go beyond stabbings and voyeurism. Using split screens to ratchet up the suspense, De Palma also hints at a kinship between Grace and Danielle, as they are both patronized by various male authority figures. Bernard Herrmann's foreboding score adds to the Hitchcockian atmosphere (as does the darkly humorous final shot), but the nightmarishly surreal visit to a mental hospital signaled the technical virtuosity (and gore) that would characterize De Palma's subsequent work. Shot for little money, Sisters became quite profitable, establishing De Palma's directorial standing after a handful of little-seen independent films and one Hollywood debacle with Get to Know Your Rabbit (1970). Although Carrie (1976) would surpass it at the box office, Sisters is remarkable proof of De Palma's visual skill and ability to creep out his audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2001
  • UPC: 037429139936
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margot Kidder Danielle Breton
Jennifer Salt Grace Collier
Charles Durning Joseph Larch
William Finley Emil Breton
Lisle Wilson Phillip Woode
Barnard Hughes Mr. McLennen
Mary Davenport Mrs. Collier
Dolph Sweet Detective
Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director, Screenwriter
Sylvia Fay Casting
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Louisa Rose Screenwriter
Gregory Sandor Cinematographer
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Weist Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kool Killer Kidder

    Margot Kidder has got to go down in history as one of the most determined, empassioned actors of our twenty first century. Alongside strong, able female actors like Jessica Lange, Jane Fonda and others, Kidder has sustained an amazing career in the face of many emotional challenges. Truly a multi-dimensional indiviual, she is perfectly cast in Brian DePalma's early psychological shocker than never fails to deliver both shocks and substance! Playing twins, she earned much praise for this twisted performance which still levels the viewer with a serious case of the shudders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Homage or rip-off?--There's a big difference.

    Brian DePalma's "Sisters" was promoted as a routine shocker by its distributor, American International Pictures, back in 1973--the kind of picture that made the studio rich and infamous. But it was something more--and more interesting--than that. It was an homage by a gifted young director to one of the cinema's genuine masters, Alfred Hitchcock. The theme was very Hitchcockian: a demonstration of the way private sexual obsession has a way of spilling over into public, with murderous consequences {"Vertigo"). There are innocent bystanders drawn dangerously into a closely woven criminal web ("The Man Who Knew Too Much") and the investigative reporter who witnesses a murder in the apartment across the courtyard ("Rear Window"). Even the murder that is film's central incident--a ghastly knifing--reminds us of the famous shower murder in "Psycho", as does a splendid, spooky score by that film's masterful composer, Bernard Herrmann. More important than these specific references to glories past, however, is the Hitchcockian discipline De Palma brings to his storytelling, the delicate balance between humor and horror which he permits it to unfold, the suspenseful way he lets the audience in on the plot's secret before his characters tumble into it. It is a weirdly plausible and marvelously original plot. So are the parodies that enliven the film: a lunatic TV game show that caters openly to voyeurism, an eerie documentary explicating the medical and psychological problems of Siamese twins. DePalma's New York location work reveals facets of an over-familiar urban landscape untouched at the time by other filmmakers. Most importantly, there is an appealing performance by Jennifer Salt as the investigative journalist who's cries of "Wolf!" go unheeded until it is almost too late, and Margot Kidder is touching and frightening as the most thoroughly bizarre heroine in movie history. Above all, however, "Sisters" revealed DePalma as capable of moving to the commercial center of the movie world without sacrificing the exuberantly radical spirit that first marked him as a director worth watching. "Sisters" provided moviegoers like myself with a special satisfaction of finding a real treasure while prowling cinema's bargain basement. [filmfactsman]

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