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Sisters (1972)

A fledgling Staten Island journalist witnesses a brutal murder in the neighboring apartment of a French-Canadian model, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.

Director:

Brian De Palma

Writers:

Brian De Palma (screenplay), Louisa Rose (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margot Kidder ... Danielle Breton / Dominique Blanchion
Jennifer Salt ... Grace Collier
Charles Durning ... Joseph Larch
William Finley ... Emil Breton (as Bill Finley)
Lisle Wilson ... Phillip Woode
Barnard Hughes ... Arthur McLennen
Mary Davenport Mary Davenport ... Mrs. Peyson Collier
Dolph Sweet ... Detective Kelly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby C. Collins Bobby C. Collins
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Storyline

The Staten Island apartment of lovely model Danielle becomes the scene of a grisly murder that is witnessed by her neighbor, Grace, a reporter. But the police don't believe her story, so it's up to Grace to solve the murder mystery on her own. Written by alarmanwp

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (flashback sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt were roommates in Southern California in the early 1970s while they were struggling performers. They held parties for their friends and neighbors who included Paul Schrader, Blythe Danner, Bruce Paltrow and Brian De Palma. One year at Christmas, Kidder and Salt opened separate boxes under their Christmas tree and each one contained the script to this film. This project was De Palma's gift to them. See more »

Goofs

When the woman is writing on the cake she is writing horizontal along left to right under the main floral decoration but when the man opens the box the writing is turned 90 degrees putting the main floral decoration to the right hand side as you read the message See more »

Quotes

Crazy Woman: Did you know that the germs can come through the wires? I never call and I *never* answer. It's a good way to get sick. Very, very sick... That's how I got so sick! SOMEONE CALLED ME ON THE TELEPHONE!
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Alternate Versions

For the original 1973 UK cinema release cuts were made by the BBFC to edit the violent stabbing of Phillip Woode. All later releases were fully uncut. See more »

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References Repulsion (1965) See more »

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Vintage DePalma
13 March 2005 | by Vancity_Film_FanaticSee all my reviews

Brian DePalma made his feature length horror debut with "Sisters" – a delightfully sinister film in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock. Unfortunately, DePalma has endured an unfair amount of backlash over the years from both critics and moviegoers a like who feel his work too closely resembles that of Hitchcock. One major difference between the two is where Hitchcock played on the imagination of the audience as a tool to generate shock and horror, DePalma gleefully pushes the envelope a step further in staging stylized yet graphically brutal murders that the camera does not shy from. There are two such sequences in "Sisters" and they both still stand today, some thirty-two years later, as extremely unsettling and highly effective scenes (the visibly fake blood notwithstanding). And while one cannot deny that the majority of DePalama's repertoire borrows liberally from Hitchcock, DePalma is still a master of the macabre in his own right (after all, imitation has been called the highest form of flattery). And despite what the critics say, DePalma IS credible in the eyes of his loyal legion of fans – based on his strong skill of affectionately paying homage, while at the same time invigorating the material with his own flair of unique visual imagery. And in this manner, "Sisters" does not disappoint. By combining his then experimental split screen technique with a brilliantly unsettling score by composer icon Bernard Herrmann, a "Rear Window" esquire story, and an eerie crackerjack sort of ending – DePalma successfully creates a truly thrilling viewing experience. The film also succeeds in not taking itself too seriously and is further buoyed by definitively camp performances from lead actresses Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt. The brief yet brutal violence and far-fetched plot may put off some viewers, however the film is highly recommended to genre enthusiasts and a must see for Brian DePalma die hards, an 8/10.


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