Lady Beware

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"When fantasy leads to terror..."
  • R
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 5.8  (1,076)
  • 23

Lady Beware is a 1987 thriller directed by Karen Arthur and starring Diane Lane as Katya Yarno, a young artist who takes a job as a window designer for the Anderson department store in Cleveland, Ohio. Katya is trying to escape her troubled past and start a new life, but soon finds that her job brings her into contact with a dangerous and obsessive man named Jack (played by Michael Woods).

As Katya works on the store's holiday window displays, she is subjected to Jack's unwanted attention and advances. It becomes clear that he is stalking her, watching her every move both at work and in her personal life. Katya tries to resist his advances and seeks help from her coworkers and the store's security team, but they do not take her concerns seriously.

Despite her best efforts to avoid him, Katya finds herself drawn into a twisted game of cat and mouse with Jack as he becomes more and more obsessed with her. She soon realizes that she may be in grave danger, but with no one to turn to for help, she must rely on her own wits and survival instincts to stay alive.

As the tension builds and the stakes get higher, Katya's relationship with Jack takes some unexpected turns. They engage in a twisted romantic relationship that blurs the line between love and obsession, pushing Katya to the brink of madness. Meanwhile, the threat to her life becomes increasingly real as Jack's violent tendencies escalate.

Throughout the film, the viewer is kept on edge as they watch Katya's attempts to outsmart Jack and survive his increasingly dangerous machinations. Diane Lane delivers a strong performance as the lead, bringing depth and complexity to the character of Katya. Michael Woods plays a convincing and truly chilling villain, making the audience feel Katya's fear and helplessness.

Cotter Smith provides solid support as the head of security at the department store, who is initially dismissive of Katya's concerns but eventually becomes an ally in her fight against Jack. The supporting cast, including Tyra Ferrell and Christine Baranski, also deliver strong performances and add depth to the story.

The film is well-paced, with just the right amount of suspense and tension to keep the viewer engaged throughout. The direction and cinematography are also top-notch, capturing the gritty reality of Cleveland's urban landscape and adding to the overall mood of the film.

Overall, Lady Beware is a gripping thriller that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The performances, direction, and story all come together to create a truly engaging and memorable film. It's a must-see for fans of the genre and anyone who enjoys a good suspenseful story.

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    5.8  (1,076)
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