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Masquerade (1988)

Olivia meets racing yacht captain Tim on Long Island. He shows interest in Olivia but, being heiress to $200,000,000, love may not be the reason.

Director:

Bob Swaim

Writer:

Dick Wolf
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Tim Whalen
Meg Tilly ... Olivia Lawrence
Kim Cattrall ... Brooke Morrison
Doug Savant ... Mike McGill
John Glover ... Tony Gateworth
Dana Delany ... Anne Briscoe
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Chief of Police
Brian Davies ... Granger Morrison
Barton Heyman ... Tommy McGill
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Harland Fitzgerald
Bill Lopatto Bill Lopatto ... Weyburn
Pirie MacDonald Pirie MacDonald ... Theodore Cantrell
Maeve McGuire Maeve McGuire ... Aunt Eleanor
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... Uncle Charles
Timothy Landfield ... Sam
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A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the two run into a problem the local cop, who happens to be an old friend of Olivia's, seems to be turning a blind eye to incriminating evidence. Written by Rob Hartill

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An heiress. A setup. A murder.


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Trivia

Director Bob Swaim was hired to direct this American mystery-suspense movie after having directed the critically acclaimed French thriller La balance (1982). See more »

Goofs

After having had sex with Brooke Morrison, Tim Whalen has a sweat-wet back and in the next shot is dry. See more »

Quotes

Olivia Lawrence: Marry me.
Tim Whalen: What did you say?
Olivia Lawrence: You heard me.
Tim Whalen: Olivia.
Olivia Lawrence: A simple yes would be fine.
Tim Whalen: You know I love you.
Olivia Lawrence: Oh Jesus, forget it. Pretend I never said it. I didn't mean it.
Tim Whalen: No, there's nothing in the world I'd rather do than marry you but I - I just don't think you know enough about me.
Olivia Lawrence: You rob banks or something?
Tim Whalen: Bounce checks.
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Alternate Versions

A TV version exists where there is a much longer conversation between Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe) and Brooke Morrison (Kim Cattrall) in bed in which they discuss her numerous affairs with other men. Secondly, Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) discusses with Tim about their past summer before they met. This scene is in her Manhattan apartment either before or after Olivia's meeting with her attorneys. Thirdly, Olivia approaches Tim overlooking the window and starts to kiss him passionately. See more »

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Haunts Of The Very Rich
7 July 2009 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

The film gets its title from the name of a yacht owned by a wealthy heiress, an attractive young woman just out of school, named Olivia (Meg Tilly). Olivia is a tad starry-eyed, wistful, and overly trusting. She owns eight houses and lives in the Hamptons, on Long Island. "Masquerade" is her story, and it involves romance, betrayal, and death.

Into Olivia's life comes a good-looking, but not wealthy, skipper of a racing boat, a young man named Tim (Rob Lowe). Olivia falls in love with Tim. But is Tim really in love with her, or just after her money?

The film's setup is both slightly misleading and a little slow to develop. But a major plot point at the end of the first Act perks up interest. And from here, "Masquerade" becomes a generally enjoyable thriller, until near the end. The plot climax does seem contrived. A simple phone call could have achieved one character's desired result. Instead, that character takes matters into his or her own hands. The result is an unnecessarily dramatic outcome.

The casting of Meg Tilly is perfect for the role of Olivia. Everyone else in the cast is at least adequate.

Color cinematography in outdoor scenes is quite good, especially those scenes filmed on the open waters off the coast of Long Island. Indoor sets are okay. Background music is boringly nondescript.

My only major complaint pertains to the film's dated thematic style. Many scenes in "Masquerade" show lush mansions, manicured lawns, expensive sports cars, and haughty parties where women wear expensive gowns and dance with wealthy men to the ballroom music of a live orchestra. All of which is well executed. But some of these visuals are awfully reminiscent of other 1980s productions like "Dallas" and "Dynasty", which make "Masquerade" look stuck in the 1980s.

This film offers entertainment in the form of interesting characters, more than one of whom "masquerade" as something they're not, and a twisty, betrayal driven plot that leads to an outcome that the viewer probably will not be able to predict.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dying for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,500,259, 13 March 1988

Gross USA:

$15,855,828

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,855,828
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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