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Extremities (1986)

Is Extremities controversial or exploitative? There’s a large helping of both as Marjorie Easton (Farrah Fawcett) escapes would-be rapist, Joe (James Russo), one night in a shopping centre – only for him to return and terrorise her in her own suburban 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. It’s almost unbearable to watch.

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Marjorie Easton
Farrah Fawcett 
Joe

James Russo 
Patricia

Alfre Woodard 
Terry

Diana Scarwid 
Officer Sudow

Sandy Martin 
Joe’s Daughter

Danika Hendrickson 
Woman on Phone (voice)

Donna Lynn Leavy

Director
Robert M Young