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The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977)

A housewife is sick of her normal routine and makes all sorts of odd changes to her appearance. From her hair/wardrobe to her makeup, she creepily soon starts to take on the different personality of a lady who had died five years prior.

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Gordon Hessler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Miriam Oliver / Sandy
George Hamilton ... Greg Oliver
Robert F. Lyons ... Mark
Lucille Benson ... Housekeeper
Jean Allison ... Mrs. Dempsey
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Saleslady
Burke Byrnes ... Bartender at Beach
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Dance Partner in Bar
Charles Cooper ... Mr. Logan
Danna Hansen Danna Hansen ... Mrs. Logan
William Kerwin ... Old Man
Nancy Hahn Leonard Nancy Hahn Leonard ... Rose
Macon McCalman ... Minister
Boyd Holister Boyd Holister ... Man Working (as Robert Palmer)
Delos V. Smith Jr. Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Flowerman
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A housewife is sick of her normal routine and makes all sorts of odd changes to her appearance. From her hair/wardrobe to her makeup, she creepily soon starts to take on the different personality of a lady who had died five years prior.

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Miriam Oliver: I want to be myself.
Greg Oliver: Are you telling me you're not yourself? Who are you, then?
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Dull made for TV movie
8 June 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The seventies was definitely the decade with the best made for TV movies and there were plenty of goods ones; the best of which as far as I'm concerned being Gordon Hessler's Scream Pretty Peggy which he made in 1973. Fast forward four years and he's back to making TV movies, this time with prolific cult queen Karen Black, although the result is nowhere near as good as the earlier film. This film takes on ideas of reincarnation and split personalities and explores them through Miriam Oliver, a woman who starts to take on characteristics of another woman who died five years earlier. This sounds like a possible good premise for a decent mystery/psychological thriller, but unfortunately The Strange Possession of Mrs Oliver does not capitalise on its strong points, and the result is actually a really boring film. The premise is really stretched, even for a mere seventy minute running time and there's just not enough action and/or mystery to keep the audience entertained all the way through. Karen Black is good enough in the lead role as the woman at the centre of it all; but her performance is not enough to save the film unfortunately. Overall, this movie is rare and hard to come by; and I'm not surprised at that. Don't go out of your way for this one!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La extraña posesión de la señora Oliver See more »

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The Shpetner Company See more »
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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