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Movie Review: Lies (1983)

Robin an aspiring actress gets a role playing a mentally ill destructive heiress in a movie. Then the real heiress’ brother shows up and tells her she is part of a scam. Then the real scam traps the actress in the isolation ward of a cruel nut house with no way out and no hope.

This is a tale of a long con, deception, murder and tension. There is bad acting but a good resolution. There are callous doctors and Robin is trapped behind chicken wire. Uncaring nurses and orderlies gloat. There is greed and a giant conspiracy of gaslighting.

There is a sense of helplessness and this was eerie, ominous and evocative. There is cruelty and overreaching baddies. Robin attempts escape but keeps getting dragged back to her cell and subjected to ECT. She pleads for help to escape the pitifully convoluted plot that has entrapped her. Nobody listens and she’s restrained until the big climax. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“They’ll kill me if they have to.”

“We have ways of dealing with you. Some of them quite unpleasant.”
“I just want to know why you’re doing this to me. I need to know that.”

“Married Elizabeth for her money.”

“Realised what a terrible mistake she’d made.”

“The grand finale he had planned for them.”

“Something more than money.”

“Contest the circumstances surrounding her death.”

“You’re all alone Robin. Nobody knows you’re here.”

“I warned you what would happen if you didn’t behave.”

“They’re going to kill me.”
“I know.”

“Helping you gets me nothing.”
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