Deceived

1991

Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 41%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 5852

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Goldie Hawn as Adrienne Saunders
John Heard as Jack Saunders
Robin Bartlett as Charlotte
Ashley Peldon as Mary Saunders

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MarieGabrielle 7 / 10

Formulaic, but watchable...

Goldie Hawn has never been a favorite, I must admit, but that is all the more reason to catch her in the one performance where she is not quirky, superfluous or silly.

The theme of this story has been done before, but thanks to a fine performance by John Heard, the character of Jack Saunders is intriguing and foreboding. John Heard is an underrated actor who adds a somewhat mischievous, ominous and sometimes comical overtone to his roles (You may want to watch him in the earlier 1970's film "Chilly Scenes of Winter", and there was also a film short wherein he portrayed Fortunato, in Edgar Allen Poe's "Cask of Amontillado". He was excellent).

Look for Ashley Peldon as the young daughter; Robin Bartlett, who is underused as Heard's estranged mother, and Tom Irwin, as Hawn's colleague from the art museum. The mystery is enough to keep you watching, and overall Heard's performance makes it all worthwhile. 7/10.

Reviewed by preppy-3 8 / 10

Goldie tries a thriller

Dark, somber thriller about an art restorer Adrienne (Goldie Hawn) meeting Jack Saunders (John Heard) and falling in love. They marry, have a kid and are happy--until 6 years (or so) into the marriage he's suddenly killed. Slowly Adrienne discovers her husband wasn't who she thought he was...

Sort of a film noir. Hawn decided to take a chance on a dramatic role. Unfortunately this film fizzled at the box office and Hawn herself later said she made a mistake. I actually like the film. I liked it in 1991 and I still like it now 15 years later. It's got an intricate plot and some very nice directorial touches (some of the scenes were beautiful). Love their apartment too. There was also a very unusual but effective music score and a few nice jolts in the movie too.

The acting varies. Heard is VERY good is his role. Unfortunately Hawn isn't in hers. She's somber, quiet and too restrained. She seems very uncomfortable in the role. She doesn't ruin the movie but she lessens the impact--maybe it's a good thing that she never tried this again. Also I noticed quite a few plot loopholes left dangling after the movie was over. Still I found this engrossing and well-made. Worth catching. I give it an 8.

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 6 / 10

A Decent Thriller, Although Not Hard To Figure Out

This is a pretty scary movie in parts with some good camera-work. It's exciting to see a mostly hidden face in the shadows or an eye peeping out of a crack in a doorway, etc. Both lead actors, Goldie Hawn and John Heard (now there's an odd couple!) give credible performances. Hawn is the innocent wife and Heard the deranged killer who uses several identities.

Unfortunately, guessing some of the identities - - particularly the third - isn't that hard and it can lessen some of the suspense for the viewer near the end. There's a nice a chase scene at the end, too. As a male, I get tired of the bad-husband routine Hollywood was particularly enamored with around this era. You know, the "Sleeping With The Enemy" stereotype.

Nothing super, but a passable thriller for one look.

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