I buy into Meg Tilly's cluelessness. After the loss of her mother, she lives with her selfish and domineering stepfather, a ruthless cad intent on controlling both his stepdaughter's inheritance and her relationships. NetflixReleases is an unofficial site for Netflix fans. Even pretty-boy Lowe isbelievable in an absurd role that must have been hard to play amongother things, in his opening love scene, he hides the family jewelsbehind a door with a slick little move. A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. She owns eight houses and lives in the Hamptons, on Long Island. A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father.
This is one of those movies that I'm glad I saw when it first came out. He threatens to put Tim away for Gateworth's murder if he doesn't cooperate. Get in touch: Everything in this website is unofficial and may be horrifically wrong. The film was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Motion Picture in 1989. But the duplicitous Tim -- with help from Olivia's stepfather, Tony Gateworth John Glover , and childhood friend, Mike McGill Doug Savant -- is plotting something sinister against the unwitting heiress. Few of his films are available with English subtitles, or at all for that matter.
Tim discovers McGill's treachery and races to the marina to save Olivia, but is killed in the gas explosion meant to kill Olivia. Tim starts to have cold feet but Tony threatens him. I have to say I am usually pretty good at seeing plot twists, but I never saw these coming. Into Olivia's life comes a good-looking, but not wealthy, skipper of aracing boat, a young man named Tim Rob Lowe. The title Masquerade refers both to the name of the Tilly family yachtand the fact that except for Tilly, a lot of these characters are notas they appear on the surface. At her family attorney's office in New York City, Olivia learns she cannot restrict Gateworth's access to her homes, and the nearly one million dollars a year he receives from the estate barely covers his gambling debts.
Doug Savant is especially sharp, but his character's emotional motivation is never clear and the extent of his involvement remains murky. And that music just won't stop. It was the first American film from Bob Swaim. He falls for this young heiress Tilly who's very good, hitting the role with honest to god, truth, as an innocent, naive young girl, who's just lost her mother, and is fighting over her fortune with his last pig of a stepfather excellent, the film's firey star, bedding floozy, Delaney. Theresult is an unnecessarily dramatic outcome. He also tells her about his affair with Brooke Morrison.
Someone ought to do a Swaim Revival. The end is ham-handed at best, and Jennifer Tilly is essentially a cardboard cut-out good girl with her little lace collars. Olivia is living in the family mansion with her alcoholic stepfather, Tony Gateworth , and his new live-in girlfriend, Anne Briscoe. When Tim expresses doubts, Gateworth threatens to expose his past. She is forced to live with her alcoholic gambling debt-ridden stepfather Tony Gateworth John Glover , and his girlfriend Anne Briscoe Dana Delany.
Later that day, at a lobster house on the outskirts of town, Gateworth and Tim meet surreptitiously to discuss their conspiracy to murder Olivia for her money. Color cinematography in outdoor scenes is quite good, especially thosescenes filmed on the open waters off the coast of Long Island. At a party, Olivia is introduced to Tim, who asks her to dance. Local boy Doug Savant whosefather works in the shipyard on the yachts of the rich and famous whohas joined the town police force. Tilly's the innocent here, that's a constant, but as the storycontinues and several murders take place, she doesn't know who totrust. This is a superb thriller, which is given an extra dimension by the wonderfully sensitive performance of Meg Tilly in the lead. Adequate mystery with lots of twists and turns.
Gateworth's girlfriend, Anne Briscoe, begins questioning the investigation's findings, and tells the authorities about Olivia and Tim. Masquerade is a really good Hitchcockian type of thriller, acombination of Suspicion and The Heiress in which sisters Joan Fontaineand Olivia DeHavilland brought aspects of Meg Tilly's character intheir Oscar winning performances. Olivia falls in lovewith Tim. Here she was handed a two-dimensional character on the page and has transformed it into a four-dimensional person by the genius of her acting. Later, at Olivia's mansion, they are confronted by a drunk Gateworth who insults Tim, his former sailing competitor.
The other performances are mostly adequate. Tilly's also got two men in her life. That night, Tim drives to the marina where he meets secretly with McGill, who was part of the original conspiracy—who in fact planned everything. She talks in a breathy voice that seems filled with afterthoughts, and she comes across as innocent and passive. Instead, that character takes matters into his or her own hands.
She owns eight houses all over the word, but the action takes place in the Hamptons on Long Island. If all of this sounds needlessly complicated sort of a Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous , director and writer are surefooted in their storytelling. All of which is well executed. The movie suffers as one thinks about it too much. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. My biggest problem is that the movie tries too hard to overload the overwrought melodrama.