A flaccid and flat-footed suspense yarn, TWIN SISTERS showcases glamorous Stepfanie Kramer, erstwhile star of the TV police show "Hunter," in a dual role as, logically, twin sisters. Lynn Cameron (Kramer) is a high-priced prostitute and denizen of the Montreal underworld, and the opening credits are barely over when she witnesses a murder engineered by...read more
A flaccid and flat-footed suspense yarn, TWIN SISTERS showcases glamorous Stepfanie Kramer, erstwhile star of the TV police show "Hunter," in a dual role as, logically, twin sisters.
Lynn Cameron (Kramer) is a high-priced prostitute and denizen of the Montreal underworld, and the opening credits are barely over when she witnesses a murder engineered by the usual Evil Businessman and flees for her life, only to disappear in a gas explosion. Carol Mallory (Kramer again), Lynn's
estranged sibling, is an upstanding and proper Beverly Hills housewife, who heads north to determine what really happened to her twin.
Naturally Lynn's old clients leeringly mistake the newcomer for the lost call girl. This gives Carol the idea to masquerade as luscious Lynn and see what happens. Of course this draws the attention of the Evil Businessman, who thinks that Lynn's still alive and tries to terminate the lady again
and again via a hulking hit man. The latter's repeated failures to nail Carol are strongly reminiscent of the Road Runner cartoons, and hardly scarier.
The heroine finally outwits that crazy coyote of a hit man, but there's one more twist to the tale, and sharp viewers should have little trouble guessing what it is. After all, one doesn't hawk two Stepfanie Kramers in a movie called TWIN SISTERS and then get rid of one right away. But it would
have taken a filmmaker with the panache of Hitchcock or Brian De Palma (who did the evil-twin benchmark SISTERS in 1973) to uplift this mundane scenario. Instead director Tom Berry lets the plot unroll with a minimum of flair until that final, feeble trick. It would all be at the level of a stale
TV movie-of-the-week but for an erotic nude interlude with Susan Almgren, as a fellow hooker.
Kramer is merely watchable as she goes through peril in a succession of tight dresses. James Brolin (GABLE AND LOMBARD, GAS FOOD LODGING) has little to do as Carol's neglectful husband, leaving Frederic Forrest to steal the picture (admittedly not too difficult) as a believably rumpled Canadian
cop with a guilty conscience, who at one point declines an offer of easy sex with a lonely, lovely Carol. Now that's a surprise. (Violence, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations.)
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