Ever have that moment while watching a movie and you are into the story but then something happens in the plot that completely loses you? That happened to me with Audrey Rose.
Audrey Rose was directed by Robert Wise who also deirected West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the extremely scary The Haunting. It stars Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, John Beck, Norman Lloyd, John Hillerman and Susan Swift. There is a wealth of talent here in front of and behind the camera.
|I'll do this movie, just please don't put me through what you did to Linda Blair.|
The picture opens with a nasty car accident then cuts to the happiest, most well-adjusted family unit you could ever possibly encounter. They ride bikes, joke, laugh, eat ice cream in the park - perfect! They live in a New York Penthouse with priceless works of art in the ceiling. He's a Madison Avenue two-martini-lunch Mad Man (John Beck) who spends a lot of time with clients leaving wife Marsha Mason to spend most of her time with daughter Ivy (Susan Swift).
|Think of Audrey as the sister I never had..|
Finally Hopkins reaches out and tells them that his wife and daughter - named Audrey Rose - died in a horrific car accident just moments before Ivy was born. He goes on to reveal that at a party, a psychic told him that his daughter is still alive, and described Ivy and details about the family. At first he didn't believe it, but then he found Ivy and is convinced that she is Audrey Rose reincarnated. Beck and Mason get angry and tell Hopkins to leave them alone, but he won't. He keeps showing up wherever they are, calling and pestering. Beck's lawyer suggests they invite Hopkins over to their home so he can listen in on the conversation and come up with a way to legally keep Hopkins at bay. During the visit, Ivy has one of her nightmares, a particularly violent one where her hands seem to burn on a cold, glass window - just as Audrey Roses' did when the car flipped over and burned before she died. Now Hopkins is convinced, and calling out to 'Audrey' calms Ivy down. Beck is furious and rightfully throws him out of the apartment.
|That's right, let the creepy obsessed guy near your daughter.|
|I can't believe you idiots haven't thrown the book at me yet.|
|Well Ivy, have the lambs stopped screaming?|
|Thanks for giving me the room that resembles a jail cell.|
|Yes my eyes are creepy, and this is my normal look.|
For the entire movie I was on John Beck's side, demanding Hopkins going away and getting physically violent with him out of frustration. I don't think the picture wants me to do this. I think I was supposed to be with Mason as the mother torn between her fear of Hoover and love for her daughter. To me though, she let an unstable force into her family - even though it seemed that he was indeed right - where she should have done everything she could to keep him away.
Twilight Time just recently released this film on Blu-ray Disc, and it is also streaming on Netflix.