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Director: Brian De Palma Run Time: 97 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1976

Starring: , Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold, John Lithgow

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The persistent memory of his involvement in the deaths of his wife and daughter come back to haunt Michael Courtland in a very real way.

Unhinged and unable to forgive himself for the part he played in the deaths of his kidnapped wife and daughter, New Orleans real estate developer Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) winds up on a treacherous journey through the haunting and constructed fiction of memories. The traumatic occurrences of losing his family repeat themselves after he re-marries a much younger woman who is, rather eerily, a spitting image of his former wife. Admittedly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Obsession’s structure folds in on itself as the narrative twists and turns to reveal a terrifying truth.