Reflections of Murder
Title card
GenreHorror
Thriller
Mystery
Based onShe Who Was No More (Celle qui n'était plus) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
Written byCarol Sobieski
Directed byJohn Badham
StarringTuesday Weld
Joan Hackett
Sam Waterston
Music byBilly Goldenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducerAaron Rosenberg
CinematographyMario Tosi
EditorDavid Rawlins
Running time97 minutes
Production companiesABC Circle Films
Aaron Rosenberg/Charles Lederer Productions
DistributorBuena Vista International
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • November 24, 1974 (1974-11-24)

Reflections of Murder is a 1974 made-for-TV movie that was produced by ABC. A suspense-thriller film, it is a remake of the classic 1955 French film Les Diaboliques.[1] John Badham directed, from Carol Sobieski's script.[2][3] The cast was led by Tuesday Weld, Joan Hackett and Sam Waterston in the primary roles. Reflections of Murder was released to home video on the VHS format in the 1980s, but has not yet received an official DVD release.

Plot

Claire Elliot is the abused wife of vicious schoolmaster Michael, who takes great delight in belittling and emotionally abusing her both in public and in private. Michael is also openly carrying on an affair with one of the school's teachers, Vicky, who he sometimes physically assaults. Having grown tired of his cruelty, the two women conspire to murder him and stage the act to look like an accident. But after committing the deed his body disappears, and the women begin to fear that someone might be trying to drive them mad.

Cast

Remakes

Two more remakes followed. The first was House of Secrets, another made-for-TV adaptation that was broadcast in 1993, starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner, Kate Vernon, and Cicely Tyson.[4] In 1996 Warner Bros. released a theatrical reworking of the material under the title Diabolique, scripted by Don Roos, directed by Jeremiah Chechik, and starring Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri, and Kathy Bates.

References

  1. ^ Hayward, Susan (2005). Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955). University of Illinois Press pg. 93. ISBN 978-0-2520-7330-4.
  2. ^ Hunter, Rob (February 2, 2020). "Sam Waterston Defies Law, Order, and Common Decency In 'Reflections of Murder'". Film School Rejects. Retrieved September 22, 2021.
  3. ^ Deal, David (2015). Television Fright Films of the 1970s. McFarland pg. 131. ISBN 978-0-7864-5514-0.
  4. ^ Everett, Todd (October 31, 1993). "NBC Monday Night at the Movies House of Secrets". Variety. Retrieved September 22, 2021.