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Doppelganger (1993)

A writer with a room for rent acquires a strange new roommate with a psychotic alter-ego that follows her wherever she goes.

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Avi Nesher

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Avi Nesher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Holly Gooding
George Newbern ... Patrick Highsmith
Dennis Christopher ... Doctor Heller
Leslie Hope ... Elizabeth
Sally Kellerman ... Sister Jan
George Maharis ... Mike Wallace
Peter Dobson ... Rob
Carl Bressler ... Larry Spaulding
Dan Shor ... Stanley White
Jaid Barrymore ... Mrs. Gooding
Stanley DeSantis ... Richard Wolf
Sean Whalen ... Gas Man
Thomas Bosack Thomas Bosack ... Holly's Father
Sarina C. Grant Sarina C. Grant ... Detective Pouget (as Sarina Grant)
John Cardone John Cardone ... Handcuffed Man
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A woman moves from NYC to LA after a murder, in which she is implicated. She is followed by what is apparently her evil alter- ego. She moves into a room for rent by a writer, and he begins having an affair with her, but after some strange things happen, he's not so sure if the affair is with her or her doppelganger. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for strong violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shot in thirty days. See more »

Goofs

The scene in Patrick's apartment where the 'Gas Man' walks into the kitchen, the boom mike comes briefly into shot in the top left hand corner, but is then moved up quickly. See more »

Quotes

Holly Gooding: I can't cook but I can cut.
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Crazy Credits

Karen Leigh Hopkins and Sara Hickman are listed in the end credits as "Psycho-slut #1" and "Psycho-slut #2," respectively. See more »

Connections

References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) See more »

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Lost Ghost
Written by Alexei Zoubov
Produced by Jim Suhy
Piano: Steve Donovan
Bass: John Hatton
Drums: Sinclair Lott
Sax: Alexei Zoubov
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Drew Barrymore at the lowest point in her career...
2 March 2006 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

Drew Barrymore is an actress that has gone through bad periods, not only in her career, but in her personal life too. After being a prodigy child actress she descended into obscurity with mediocre films of low quality. While she has recovered from that dark past, this movie stays as a reminder of Drew Barrymore's worst days.

The movie starts with an interesting premise, very reminiscent to Brian De Palma's "Raising Cain"; with a plot dealing with multiple personality disorder that sets the story for a horror/thriller. Barrymore stars as Holly Gooding, a young woman who is trying to make a new life in California after a traumatic event of her past in which apparently her other personality killed her mother.

Suddenly, her past returns to haunt her as her evil personality is back in her life willing to ruin her new found peace and her new found love. In the middle of the chaos his new boyfriend, Patrick Highsmith (George Newbern), will try to help Holly to face the demons of her past.

Unlike De Palma's underrated thriller, "Doppelganger" is for the most part a mediocre film that not only never fulfills it's purpose, it also concludes in one of the worst endings of movie history. While Barrymore is definitely not at her best, she manages to keep her dignity with an above average performance. The rest of the cast however range from mediocre to painfully bad over-the-top performances, although Leslie Hope manages to be among the best of them.

The script is full of clichés and De Palma's influence is quite obvious. While the movie tries to be original by making literary references in almost every line, the dialogs are dull and the wooden acting certainly doesn't do any good. It has a fair share of nudity and for strange reasons, and excessive use of special effects.

The make-up effects are done by the outstanding KNB and are really among the few good things in the movie. However, the bizarre over-use of the effects in the totally out of context ending decreases the impact of KNB's work and makes cheesy what in a different movie would be amazing.

The fact that this is a B-Movie is no excuse for it's low quality, as with a better and more coherent script this could had been an interesting movie. Sadly, all we have here is a mediocre film that gets worse every second. Worthy for Barrymore's beauty. 3/10


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Release Date:

23 October 1993 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Doppelganger: The Evil Within See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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