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Mesmerized ★★ Shocked 1984

Based on the work by Jerzy Skolimowski, the film is a dramatization of the Victoria Thompson murder case in 1880s New Zealand. A teenaged orphaned girl marries an older man and decides after years of abuse to kill him through hypnosis. An unengaging drama, though the lovely New Zealand landscape serves as a fitting contrast to the film's ominous tone. 90m/C VHS, DVD . GB NZ AU John Lithgow, Jodie Foster, Michael Murphy, Dan Shor, Harry Andrews; D: Michael Laughlin; W: Michael Laughlin; C: Louis Horvath; M: Georges Delerue.

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