Obsession (1976)

35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American thriller with horror elements directed by Brian De Palma.

Plot Summary

Wealthy businessman Michael Courtland's wife and daughter are killed when a kidnap rescue attempt goes horribly wrong. Many years later, on a holiday in Italy, he meets Sandra Portinari, a woman who looks exactly like his late wife…


Director: Brian De Palma
Columbia Pictures Corporation, Yellowbird Productions
Executive Producer: Robert S. Bremson
Producers: Harry N. Blum, George Litto
Production Manager: Frank Beetson
Script: Paul Schrader
Story: Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader
Assistant Director: Wiliam Pool
Script Supervisors: Rachel Griffiths, Hannah Scheel
Director of Photography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Editor: Paul Hirsch
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Sound: David M. Ronne
Sound Effects Editor: Dan Sable
Costume Designer: Frank Balchus
Special Effects: Joe Lombardi
Art Director: Jack Senter
Set Decorator: Jerry Wunderlich
Production Assistant: Rachel Ticotin
Locations: Florence, Tuscany, Italy; , Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA

Cliff Robertson (Michael Courtland)
Genevieve Bujold (Elizabeth Courtland/Sandra Portinari)
John Lithgow (Robert Lasalle)
Sylvia Kuumba Williams (maid)
Wanda Blackman (Amy Courtland)
J. Patrick McNamara (3rd Kidnapper)
Stanley J. Reyes (Inspector Brie)
Nick Kreiger (Farber)
Stocker Fontelieu (Dr Ellman)
Don Hood (Ferguson)
Andrea Esterhazy (D'Annunzio)
Thomas Carr
Tom Felleghy
Nella Simoncini Barbieri (Mrs Portinari)
John Creamer
Regis Cordic
Loraine Despres
Clyde Ventura
Fain M. Cogrove
Warren Kenner
Robert Harper [man in airport – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Complesso di colpa – Italian title
Fascinación – Spanish title
Gastkramad – Swedish title
Naisen kahdet kasvot – Finnish title
Obsesión – Spanish title
Obsesja – Polish title
Obsessao – Portugese title
Schwarzer Engel – German title

See also
Vertigo (1958)
Waking the Dead (2000)