Synopsis: New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland's life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking resemblance to his wife.
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Ladies and gentlemen!

Ladies and gentlemen...

I would like to propose a toast...

to Michael and Elizabeth Courtland...

this world's last romantics.

Happy tenth anniversary!

Happy anniversary!

And if you'll allow me,

a special toast to this man...

a man of endless energy

and ambition...

the cream of the new South...

my dear friend

and new senior partner...

in what will soon be the finest real

estate development in New Orleans...

the new Pontchartrain Estates!

Thank you, Bob.

Bob has very generously

referred to me...

as part of the cream

of the new South.

I think that might be

a little bit genteel for me.

I would be more inclined

to consider myself more of...

oh, skim milk of the Middle West

or something.



I would hope...

that we could direct

those qualities...

to try and retain...

for the new South...

some of the graceful values

of the old South.

- Daddy.

- What?

- Will you dance with me?

- Will I dance with you?

What will you do

if I dance with you?

I'll dance with you.

Let's bring Mommy in, okay?

- Good night.

- Good night, John.

Bob, thanks again.

Thank you, Bob.

Good night, Debbie.

Good night.

Thank you.

It was nice having you.

Good night, Carl.

Mommy! Mommy!


Turn it on.

Come on, kid. Talk, damn it!

Tell your daddy how much

you want him to bring that money!

Daddy, please bring the money,


- That's real good.

- Please come get me and Mommy, please!

That's good. That's real good.


I'm supposed to bring this

to Mr. Courtland.

Come in.

- What is it, son?

- Mr. Courtland?

The man said you'd give me a tip.

Five dollars! Gee, thanks.

- What did he look like?

- Who?

The man who gave you the bag.

Just a man.

Let's start at the beginning.

Slow down.

Come on, kid! Talk, damn it!

Tell your daddy how much

you want him to bring that money!

Daddy, please bring the money,


Please come get me and Mommy,


Call the police.

I guess I'll have to take my money

out of the Pontchartrain project.

I know, Court.

Just thinkin' about it

makes me sick.

You know, I'm not gonna

take advantage of this.

We're gonna develop the land

just as you planned.

We'll build your park.

Hell, I like trees.

If you pick up the option,

you're not obligated to do my plan.

You can do anything you want with it.

You know that.

I want to do this thing for you.

Thanks, Bob. I appreciate that.

Of course, there's still

a week on the option.

If the police can get your money back,

it'll be just like before.

Well, I guess somebody

oughta get to the bank.

I'll go there myself.

Inspector Brie is here.

He'd like to see you right now.

- Would you send him in?

- Okay.

Hello, Inspector.

Thank you for coming out. Sit down.

Thank you.

Would you like a cup of coffee?

No, thank you, Mr. Courtland.

It's an excruciating situation.

I guess I don't have to

tell you that.

Preparing for the worst

and hoping for the best.

I've seen many cases

very similar to this.

They all ended up with the successful

return of the hostages...

and the apprehension

of the kidnappers.

It's just a matter of intelligence

and calm nerves.

Just try to leave this as much

as possible to us, Mr. Courtland.

There's nothing you can really do.

I'm willing to pay the money.

The money isn't important.

That's the hell of it, Mr. Courtland.

These men are professionals.

If they're caught without the loot,

they give up.

If they got the money in hand,

we may have a very dangerous fight.

Are you sure?


It is, of course,

finally your decision.

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Brian De Palma

Brian Russell De Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter. In a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his work in genres such as suspense, psychological thriller, and crime drama. His prominent films include mainstream box office hits such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996), as well as cult favorites such as Sisters (1973), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Carlito's Way (1993), Femme Fatale (2002) and Redacted (2007).De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the New Hollywood generation of film directors. His directing style often makes use of quotations from other films or cinematic styles, and bears the influence of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. His films have frequently garnered controversy for their violence and sexual content, but have also been championed by prominent critics such as Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael. more…

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