The Devil You Know

Synopsis: Kathryn Vale (Lena Olin) is a reclusive ex-movie star with a dark secret and a daughter hoping to follow in her mother's movie-star footsteps. When Kathryn attempts to make a career comeback, she is threatened by an anonymous blackmailer. The resulting events force Kathryn to confront the truth about herself and those around her.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): James Oakley
Production: Warner Home Video
76 min

[ Silence ]

[ Sound Effect ]

[ Music ]

[ Music & Gun Shots ]

[ Music ]


[ Music ]

[ Inaudible Discussion ]

[ Birds Chirping ]

That was okay.

[ Birds Chirping ]

It's Kathryn Vale.


[ Noise & Birds Chirping ]

It's quite an entrance.

[laughter] Hi!

You look so sweet.

Did you see that?

I have like a little

area, so let's go.

[ Noise ]

Is this really

the best they can do?

I wish you could

be more excited.

I came to see you, didn't I?

See me or be seen?

I was watching the monitor.

You're not making

enough for your face.

What do you mean?

[ Phone Ringing ]

Hello? How are you?

Did you get it?

Great. I'll call you back.

I got an audition for

the new De Palma.


Will Bryan be there?

No. But the casting

director will send in the tape.

Oh, that rather

depends on you, doesn't it?

I'll keep my fingers crossed.

[ Noise ]

I brought you something.

What is it?

For the movie, for good luck.

[ Noise ]

I love it.

I love it.

Oh, is it time?

Can't you stay

for the next set up?

This is my big scene.

Oh. We should get back.

I got a million things to do.

But you'll be great.

Bye. Let's go.

[ Footsteps ]

[ Applause ]

Welcome back.

In her youth, she posses one

of the most photographed

faces in the world.

In the passing years, her

beauty has grown more fragile,

more arresting.

I'm honored to say my guest

today is the internationally

renowned star of stage

and screen, Kathryn Vale.

I couldn't put it down.

This is a gripping, brutally

honest account of everything

from your impoverished childhood

in Europe to your success

in Hollywood, to your marriage

to the late industrialist

Maximilian Pierce.

At the time, there

was some speculation

that you were involved

in his death.

Max's killer has

never been found.

In the book, you suggest the

allegations cost you the Academy

Award for Afflicted

which was your last film.

Now, that was almost

10 years ago.

What got you back on your feet?

Time a good healer?

Yeah. And love.

Are you referring to Jake?

Jake Kelly, he wrote the

screenplay for Crazy Love,

which was a big hit

a few years ago.

And the two of you have been

married nearly three months?

[laughs] Now tell me, does

this book signal a return

to public life?

[Background Music] Will

you go back to acting?

And I'm very proud of her.

[ Music ]

[ Inaudible Remarks ]

[ Noise ]

Do you have the diamonds?

I have them right here.

[ Noise ]

Okay guys, let's cut it.


Did you like that?

I just-- this [inaudible]

big gun to me.

Well, I feel I

really hokey you

with the gun in my left hand.

This is really big.

It's truly big.

But I like the acting.

Yeah, let's go again.

[ Noise ]

Go on! Cut!

[ Noise ]

Go on. Cut!

Ted, that was the

last take, right?

No, I can-- give

me one more chance.

I can nail it.

What was wrong with it?

What-- we'll just-- we'll cut

around it, but what's next?

Over these mics, we

better get the lakefront

scene [inaudible].

Moving on.

[ Noise & Music ]

To Zoe.

[ Music ]

Break a leg.

Love mom.

You die. You die.

You die.

You died in my arms.

It was dark, I was driving.

It was dark, I was driving,

and then he put his

hands into my legs

and I took the steering wheel.

[ Music ]

[ Door Bell Ringing ]

[ Music & Noise ]

I forgot, this came for you.

[ Music & Noise ]

[ Traffic Noise ]

[ Phone Ringing ]


I didn't wake you, did I?

I want you to call

Humphrey's office tomorrow.

I need to see him first thing.

[Slams Phone]

[ Siren ]

[ Traffic Noise ]

I really have to play this part.

It's a good part for you.

It's a great part.

Yes. But there'll

be lots of publicity.

The press is bound to

dig it all up again.

They won't.

That's why I wrote the book.

I gave them what they wanted.

How do you think

Zoe will react?

I went to visit her on

the set the other day and

I felt I'm ready

to do this again.

I'm probably better

now than I ever was.

Ha! You never

cease to amaze me.

I'll let them know.

I want the deal

made by Friday.

Now is a perfect time.

[ Inaudible Discussions ]

Just give me a

couple of weeks.

Yeah, I know what I said.

I know that.

I know it's a lot of cash.

Yeah. No, I didn't-- let me

call you back, all right?

[ Noise ]

Yeah, we need to call

Sally to do my hair.

No, I need to fly out

early to do work and stuff.


I guess a house in Malibu.


Yeah. I'm excited.


You're excited

too, aren't you?

Of course.

Oh good.

Okay, bye.

It won't keep him, you know?

This has nothing

to do with Jake.

It was a mistake to

quit in the first place.

You didn't have a choice.

Do you think you have

it all wrapped up?

Just call Sally and shut up.

[ Music & Noise ]

[ Noise ]

So tell me what you heard.

I told you, she's

got the lead in a film.

She wouldn't do that.

You've got it wrong.

I know what I heard.

She's making a comeback.

[ Traffic Noise ]

It's been a long time.

We used to [inaudible] here

every weekend, I remember.

[Inaudible Remark]

I told you, it's perfect.

Hey, darling.

You look beautiful.

I prefer the other dress.

I told you, it's

two against one.

What's wrong with it?

Maybe it's just not

right for this evening.

I'll wear the first one.

This makes me nervous.

Oh, Jake, don't.

He's always hanging

around listening.

We're going to get rid of her.

Are you ready?

[ Pause ]

Laurence, I'm sorry

to get you here so early.

Do you have the papers?

Why don't we slip

away and do it right now?

It won't take long, will it?

[ Noise ]

It's not too late

to change your mind.

[ Noise ]

Now, one together.

You do look like

a million bucks.

Now, one with your daughter.

Great. You guys are good.

I meant to tell you guys,

how the interview with Joan.

It was a wonderful



Hi, Jake Kelly.

Of course, Mr. Kelly.

Joan Stone.

Kathryn, gorgeous.

Can I get one from the side?


[ Camera Shots ]

[ Music & Inaudible

Discussions ]

How do you know

so much about women?

I said how do you

know so much about women?

I'm not sure that I do.

Oh, what you do for--

looks like seriously.

You can't say it.

[ Music & Inaudible

Discussions ]

I've seen it a million times.


[ Music & Inaudible

Discussions ]

Buy you a drink?

Sounds good.

[ Music & Noise ]

[ Music ]

I was driving and he--

[ Pause ]

-- put his hand between my legs

and took the steering

wheel and--

[ Pause ]

-- and I saw the lights

and heard the noise.

And he--

He was dead.

[ Pause ]

He died in my arms.

[ Pause ]

That was great.


Can I try one more thing?

It was dark, I was driving.

[ Pause ]

And then he--

he put his hand between my legs.

Well, it was such a

pleasure to meet you.

Thank you so much for coming in.

I am such a fan

of your mother's.

You don't look like her.

I take it after my dad.

[ Music ]

[ Music & Inaudible Discussion ]

It was a great audition.

Bryan was there.

He practically offered

it to me on the spot.

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