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Extremities (1986)

Is Extremities controversial or exploitative? There’s a large helping of both as Farrah Fawcett escapes a would-be rapist (James Russo) only for him to return and terrorise her in her own home.

The surprise comes when she turns the tables on him, but this leads to a relentless catalogue of brutality that never truly tackles the sensitive subject at hand.

Robert M Young’s interpretation of William Mastrosimone’s play can’t hide its theatrical origins, and only succeeds in offending the audience as Fawcett’s character is humiliated and tortured while we helplessly – and voyeuristically – look on.


Farrah Fawcett 

James Russo 

Alfre Woodard 

Diana Scarwid 
Officer Sudow

Sandy Martin 
Joe’s Daughter

Danika Hendrickson 
Woman on Phone (voice)

Donna Lynn Leavy

Robert M Young