I saw this in Summer 2001 in the UK and it left a huge impression on me. It was a mystery thriller and the main character was a married woman living in a big city (NYC, maybe). She kept receiving death threats from her husband’s ex-lover who was sending her letters and phone-calls using a very distinctive voice. On one occasion, the ex-lover even hit her on the head in a cemetery with a shovel which hospitalised her. The woman was then escorted by police who began to investigate this ex-lover using her name. An old detective working on this case found some trace on this woman’s name in a mental institution and was totally shell-shocked by what he discovered. He drove back to his office, not knowing that he was followed by this very same person. The next scene we saw this detective stabbed with the shaft of a vintage disc player. The story built towards a climax, namely the very date that the ex-lover swore that she would get to the woman and when the bell rang midnight, the woman, lying in bed with her husband, grew anxious. She heard noises from outside the bedroom and her husband went out to check. She then heard ruckus and went out to see. She found her husband wounded and bleeding. She then hugged him but then her husband whispered in her ear in that very distinctive voice, revealing that it was he all along pretending to be this ex-lover and it was his plot to murder her and claim the insurance money. Things were moving according to his plan until some physical fight ensued and the husband died. The woman survived and in the end all was revealed to her: while in mental institution, her husband adopted the name of that ex-lover whose details the old detective discovered which led to his death. The woman was safe after all and the film ended on a very sinister and ambiguous note.
This was one hell of a scary film but I really would like to find out what it was. It was in English- probably American given its style, tone and colour, though not certain. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I saw this movie in the UK in Summer 2001. It was already near the end when I started and it told of a teenage girl who is with her father at home. One day they receive a visit from a priest who tells them that he is from a former place of origin of the girl’s mother and that he is a former lover of hers. The mother is absent from home throughout this segment. The priest stays for a few days and they spend some time together. When the mother does not come back, the priest decides to leave. After he is gone, the girl confesses to her father that she likes the priest and that she felt a bit funny while talking to him, like he made her feel warm or she cannot explain it. The father then tells her that the priest is actually her real father and that when her mother came to him all those years ago, she was running away pregnant with her. Father and daughter get emotional but the daughter, crying, hugs her father and says that she still loves him as her father. The film ends with the mother coming back home and the family reunites in love and happiness.
There are several dialogues I remember from these scenes:
(after the priest arrives)
Father: When he (the priest) asks you how old you are, can you tell him that you are thirteen rather than fourteen? Your mother came to me fourteen years ago and I would not want him to feel bad about it.
(after the priest leaves)
Daughter: (washing up) I don’t know but meeting him (the priest) makes me feel a bit funny. I don’t know… I like him…
Father: (washing up too then abruptly turns round to her) sorry but I should tell you this. That man is your father. Your mother came to me pregnant with you… but I love you. I love you like a daughter…
Daughter: (in tears) no, no, you are my father. I love you too.
Daughter: (mother walking speedily and determinedly towards her family waiting outside the house) You don’t need to be ashamed! I know all about it!
(family hug and sun sets- FINIS)
I saw this film in the UK on TV (could have been a TV episode or TV series) in Summer 2001. It was in English (cannot remember whether British or American) and it looked quite old to me (like 70s/80s colour). Any clues as to what programme this might be would be hugely appreciated.