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Obsession (1976)




Critic Consensus: Obsession suffers in comparison to the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece that it mirrors, but director Brian De Palma's unique preoccupations give this thriller its own compulsive, twisted fingerprint.

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Brian DePalma's spin on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo casts Cliff Robertson as widower Michael Courtland, who meets an enigmatic young woman (Genevieve Bujold) who is an exact double of the wife he lost 16 years ago.

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Cliff Robertson
as Michael Courtland
Geneviève Bujold
as Elizabeth Courtland, Sandra Portinari
John Lithgow
as Robert La Salle
Wanda Blackman
as Amy Courtland
J. Patrick McNamara
as 3rd Kidnaper
Pat McNamara
as 3rd Kidnapper
Stanley J. Reyes
as Inspector Brie
Don Hood
as Ferguson
Andrea Esterhazy
as D'Annunzio
Andre Eszterhazy
as D'Annunzio
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Critic Reviews for Obsession

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4)

De Palma's direction has its splashy slickness, but the people serve as mere props for the effects.

December 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Whatever shred of credibility the movie retains is dispersed by the final, dead serious directorial hocus‐pocus.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Subtlety is a not a term that can often be applied to DePalma's work, but it's this uncharacteristic restraint that helps make "Obsession" his masterpiece.

April 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Sometimes overwrought excess can be its own reward. If Obsession had been even a little more subtle, had made even a little more sense on some boring logical plane, it wouldn't have worked at all.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Obsession is a laughably bad film. So bad, in fact, that it becomes almost interesting to speculate on why all the critical enthusiasm.

June 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Striking performances by Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold (in a two-character portrayal) help to make the Hitch-cock-like direction (especially Vertigo) both effective and rewarding.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Obsession

Good suspense movie - I have to admit I had guessed the twist half way through, but it still threw up enough doubt to have me not quite sure! Really well filmed and mostly the acting was good. A little over the top at times, but I could forgive it in this type of movie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Beautifully shot, but it feels like Vertigo lite...but creepier.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Solid Vertigo inspired thriller with good performances and beautiful locations.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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