Sisters (1973)

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Directing: 9/10

Nice directing, good acting

Story has some really predictable moments

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Sisters

Studio:  American International Pictures

Genre(s):  Horror/Mystery/Suspense

Release Date(s):  March 27, 1973

MPAA Rating:  R

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The hardest part is getting dressed

Danielle Breton (Margot Kidder) goes home with a fellow game show contestant named Philip Woode (Lisle Wilson) and Philip spends the night.  Philip learns it is Danielle and her twin Dominique’s birthday, but Philip is violently murdered by Dominique when he returns.  The murder is witnessed by Danielle’s neighbor Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt) who reports for a local paper.  When police refuse to believe Grace’s story, Grace sets out to prove the murder occurred and that Danielle is hiding something.

Directed by Brian De Palma, Sisters is one of Brian DePalma’s early films.  It was an independent release and relatively well received. The movie has also been released by Criterion (#89) and was remade in 2006 with Chloe Sevigny, Lou Doillon, and Stephen Rea.

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Reporting a murder and cleaning up the mess…at the same time!

Sisters is a nice blend of horror and Hitchcockian suspense.  The story is kind of obvious with the whole twin thing, but what is interesting is the introduction of Salt’s character after the murder. Salt becomes the Vera Miles character from Psycho or Grace Kelly from Rear Window.  It becomes almost a case of cat-and-mouse as Salt tries to uncover the truth and Kidder and her allies try to cover it. Kidder seems nice and fragile before the murder so you don’t entirely want her to be sick.

De Palma does a great job with the film.  The split screen scenes where Salt is waiting for the police while Kidder and her doctor (Bill Finlay) try to cover up the murder is great.  It builds a lot of suspense.  This is one of De Palma’s signature styles and he also used it greatly in Dressed to Kill and Carrie.  I love early De Palma films and this one is a great example of his work.

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She really hates birthdays

The movie is also filled with a bunch of fun actors and actresses. Margot Kidder was just starting out and later went on to the Canadian horror film Black Christmas and of course Superman.  Jennifer Salt and Kidder were actually roommates and given the script by De Palma as a gift, and Salt now does a lot of writing and producing.  Charles Durning plays his normal role as a private eye along with the other typecast officer Dolph Sweet (from Gimme a Break!).  Barnard Hughes shows up as a newspaper man and Olympia Dukakis has a small role as a bakery worker.

Sisters isn’t always easy to find, but it is worth the effort to try to hunt it down.  The movie might not be the most original film, but the acting is strong and directing is fun.  More suspense than horror, Sisters is nice watch and like most De Palma films at least brings some style to the story.

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