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Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in the sisters' insidious sibling bond. A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, De Palma's first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. Criterion is proud to present Sisters in a new Special Edition.
Sisters is not Brian De Palma's first film, but in many ways it is the first Brian De Palma film, or at least the first to reveal (and revel in) his affinity with Hitchcock. A pre-Superman Margot Kidder struggles with a French-Canadian accent as an aspiring actress whose one-night stand leads to a homicidal morning-after. Jennifer Salt is a reporter with more moxie than tact or skill who sees the killing from her apartment window across the way. When the police fail to turn up any evidence of the crime, Salt investigates with a private eye (the hilariously relentless Charles Durning), uncovering the secret story of a pair of Siamese twins and a weaselly, stalker doctor. It's a mystery simmering in a stew of voyeurism, guilt, sex, and obsession. De Palma borrows from Rear Window, Psycho, and Vertigo (as well as Roman Polanski's Repulsion), and composer Bernard Herrmann quotes from his own Hitchcock scores (notably Psycho) for the unsettling music, but the result is more original than you might imagine. Laced with dark humor, inventive technique, and impressive technical precision (the split-screen sequences are breathtakingly effective), De Palma flexes his cinematic muscles with thrilling results, right down to the mordantly wry conclusion. De Palma graduated to big-budget thrillers, but this modest little production remains one of his sharpest, slyest, most engrossing films. Long available only in pallid video transfers, the Home Vision/Criterion letterboxed restoration is bright, clear, and beautiful. --Sean Axmaker
nancy drew (jennifer salt) would kill to get off of staten island and become the maverick of NYC journalism. Read morePublished on March 8 2005 by Ashley Allinson
This movie is the most balsy opaquely racist movie I've ever seen. But I'll get to that in a moment.
Margot Kidder is a bombshell in this movie. Read more
nancy drew (jennifer salt) would kill to get off of staten island and become the maverick of NYC journalism. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Ashley Allinson
This film has many aspects to remark. The first of them lies in the style: the film reminds to a slow english picture, in the Hitchcock of the fifties, specially The rear window... Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
I couldn't take my eyes off this piece of garbage. It is so truly awful you will want to share it with friends. Read morePublished on May 22 2004
This was a great thriller about a woman that must battle her psychotic twin sister. There were some scary and some funny parts. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004
The pun is so obvious; this twisted movie hails many old horror films, but is not so derivative that the allusions get in the way. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Rivkah Maccaby
It's great camp. I'll give it that.
But let's get serious, nothing holds up to Hitchcock as much as DePalma would have you compare his movie with a masterpiece like Psycho. Read more