“I’m afraid of what’ll happen if I stay.”
While recovering from his wife’s accidental death, a CIA agent (Roy Scheider) believes someone is out to eliminate him. He receives mysterious notes in Aramaic, is trailed by his brother-in-law (Charles Napier), and befriends a mousy young woman (Janet Margolin) whose grandmother worked in a Jewish brothel run by Hannan’s ancestors.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Amateur Sleuths
- Janet Margolin Films
- Jonathan Demme Films
- Mistaken or Hidden Identities
- “No One Believes Me!”
- Roy Scheider Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this Jonathan Demme thriller is a “shaky contribution” to the ever-growing list of “suspense films in the Hitchcock mold.” With that said, The Last Embrace is interesting and enjoyable on its own merits: it possesses a unique and “extremely interesting” premise, an “abundance of Hitchcockian touches and characters”:
… a score by Miklos Rosza that “reminds one of Bernard Herrmann”, and unusual characters — particularly Janet Margolin as Ellie, a “smart but neurotic college student” whose sweet nature belies any number of possible alter egos.
- Janet Margolin as Scheider’s unanticipated roommate
- Charles Napier as Scheider’s dead wife’s brother
- Fine cinematography and location shooting
No. This is a fun thriller, but not essential viewing.