Obsession (1976)

High melodrama, creeping insanity and barely contained delirium abound in this dizzying tribute to the high tension thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock from director Brian De Palma, who would go on to greatness with Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980) and Scarface (1983).


Michael Courtland is a successful Southern businessman who seems to have everything - until his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt, tearing his world apart and leaving him widowed, bereaved and bereft.

Years later on a trip to Italy, he meets Sandra Portinari, a woman with an uncanny resemblance to his late wife but all is not how it appears as a twisted conspiracy threatens to unhinge his mental shackles, sending him to the edge of madness.

A master class in mounting unease and clammy-palmed claustrophobia, Obsession is a classic 70s thriller with an evil twist that will leave you speechless.

Michael Courtland
Cliff Robertson
Elizabeth Courtland/Sandra Portinari
Geneviève Bujold
Robert LaSalle
John Lithgow
Sylvia Williams
Amy Courtland
Wanda Blackman
Inspector Brie
Stanley J. Reyes
Nick Krieger
Doctor Ellman
Stocker Fontelieu
Don Hood
Andrea Esterhazy
Mrs Portinari
Nella Simoncini Barbieri
Justice of the Peace
John Creamer
Loraine Despres

Brian De Palma