The Last Embrace (1979)

Genres - Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller, Romantic Mystery  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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In 1979, Jonathan Demme was still a cutting-edge director and The Last Embrace was his first effort at a completely commercial assignment. Very much in the Hitchcock vein, The Last Embrace is an intense suspense film concerning Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider), a government agent recovering from a catatonic collapse after the murder of his wife. After Harry's recovery, he is back on the job, but he can't figure out whether he is suffering from self-induced paranoia or if his former employers want to kill him. These conflicting feelings are exacerbated when he forms a connection with a nervous graduate student, Ellie Fabian (Janet Margolin), whom he discovers is living in his apartment.

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government, murder, paranoia, wife, student