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4.0 out of 5 stars Masquerade (1988), 13 May 2012
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This review is from: Masquerade [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
A handsome gigolo, Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe), meets a wealthy heiress, Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilley), and her selfish and domineering stepfather (John Glover) is far from happy with their relationship. The local cop (Doug Savant) also expresses an interest in the Lawrence girl.

A subsequent string of murders puts each of the characters under suspicion and the wealthy Lawrence girl is suddenly caught up in a murderous plot that will see both her inheritance and her life put at risk.

Masquerade (1988) is a tense thriller containing a multitude of twists and turns that keep the viewer guessing to the end. Directed by Bob Swaim, it is in the same vein as Lowe's Bad Influence. I first watched this film when it was released on VHS in 1988 ... it is still as exciting today. Watch it with someone you can trust.

Also stars Kim Cattrall and Dana Delany.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock for the 1980's, 11 Jun. 2013
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"Masquerade" is a well done thriller set amongst the sailing community of the Hamptons, New York. Rob Lowe plays the professional yachtsman "Tim Whalen" who is enjoying working and socialising with the wealthy local residents. His fling with his employers wife shows him to be deceptive from the outset, but his tender courtship of "Olivia Lawrence" played by Meg Tilly, a wealthy young heiress seems to be on the level. But is he looking to protect her or is he plotting something more sinister ?

The plot is essentially a case of nothing being as it seems. The mystery unfolds in a credible way, with a slow pacing that is enhanced by the deserted beach scenery and the sleepy seaside locations. The "Macguffin" that brings the whole mystery together towards the conclusion is a seemingly insignificant chance discovery, but then everything becomes clear.

Rob Lowe does quite well with his performance as the chancer who may or may not be in love with Olivia, showing that he could be more than just a pretty boy. His character has obvious similarities with Cary Grant's "Johnnie" in "Suspicion" (1941) and the film in general has a very Hitchcock feel to it. Doug Savant does a good turn as a scheming policeman who resents Tim and Olivia's growing romance and John Glover is fun as Olivia's Sleazy step father. The glue that holds the whole story together is Meg Tilly's character. She is the steadfast person who is being deceived and protected in equal measure by most of the supporting cast who all have their own reasons for being in her life.

A very enjoyable film with some effective acting and genuine suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 80s tension, 28 Nov. 2012
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Rob Lowe, Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall and Melrose Place's Doug Savant star in this decent 1988 film which gets off to a slow start but soon gets into a decent pace. Fine acting by all supplemented with a decent twist at the end makes this film worth a view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rob Lowe...drool.., 9 Dec. 2013
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Good casting, very good thriller, kind of expected the ending, slightly predictable ending, but would recommend for a rainy afternoon...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Thriller, 25 May 2010
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Twists and Turns aplenty here - Rob Lowe at his sexy best - good little thriller - nice twist at the end....
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