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Schrader and De Palma's tribute to Hitchcock's Vertigo may lack the misogyny and bloodbath sensationalism of De Palma's later work, but it's still dressed up in a mortifyingly vacuous imitation of the Master's stylistic touches. Virtuoso gliding camera movements do not necessarily a good film make. The main problem with the film, in fact, is the excruciatingly slow pace; although if you've seen Vertigo, the story itself - of a businessman haunted by guilt about his wife's death, and getting involved years later with her lookalike - will fail to yield the narrative surprises and suspense required in a thriller.

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Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: Paul Schrader
Cast: Sylvia Williams
Stanley J Reyes
Cliff Robertson
Nick Krieger
Genevieve Bujold
Wanda Blackman
John Lithgow
Patrick McNamara
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