Directed By: Michael Laughlin Starring: John Lithgow Jodie Foster

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Product Overview


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 40162194
UPC 096009010034
UPC 14 00096009010034
Format DVD
Release Date 10/18/2001
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary This Gothic melodrama features Jodie Foster as a naive young bride, and John Lithgow as her mysterious, voyeuristic husband.|Victoria, an orphan with neither home nor money, suddenly wins the attentions of Oliver Thompson, a prosperous, older businessman. He weds her, but they continue to live apart while she remains in school. When Victoria does finally move into his home, she finds her husband has some strange habits -- including the desire to spy on her undressing, while never consummating the marriage.|Increasingly uneasy and unhappy in this situation, Victoria unsuccessfully tries to escape -- only to find Oliver ready and waiting to bring her back home again.|Now the desperate woman believes she has just one option left: to murder her husband...
Michael Laughlin
John Lithgow
Jodie Foster
Cast & Crew
Dan Shor - Star
John Lithgow - Star
Jodie Foster - Star
Michael Murphy - Star
Harry Andrews - Star
Jerzy Skolimowski - Story
Michael Laughlin - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 01003
UPC 00096009010034
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Foster,Jodie
Label Platinum Disc Corporation
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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