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Extremities

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert M. Young
Produced by George W. Perkins
Written by William Mastrosimone
Starring Farrah Fawcett
James Russo
Alfre Woodard
Diana Scarwid
Sandy Martin
Music by J.A.C. Redford
Cinematography Curtis Clark
Editing by Arthur Coburn
Distributed by Atlantic Releasing Corp. & Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 22, 1986
Running time 89 min
Country  United States
Language English

Extremities is a 1986 film starring Farrah Fawcett, Alfre Woodard, Diana Scarwid and James Russo. It was adapted from the successful, yet controversial, 1982 off-Broadway play by William Mastrosimone. Farrah Fawcett had also appeared in the play to great critical acclaim, taking over a role originated by Susan Sarandon. James Russo also appeared in the play as the attacker.

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Plot

Marjorie (Farrah Fawcett), a young woman who works in a museum and lives with two female roommates, Pat (Woodard) and Terry (Scarwid). One night, while getting into her car, she is attacked at knifepoint by a masked assailant (Russo).

Marjorie manages to escape, but not before the mugger makes off with her purse. She goes to the police but is told there is very little they can do. One week later, while Marjorie's roommates are at work, her nightmare comes true as the assailant (named Joe) forces his way into her house, having used her personal information to find out where she lives.

A terrifying scene of events unfolds as Joe subjects Marjorie to a continuous barrage of mental and physical assaults. The tables finally turn, however, when Marjorie overpowers Joe by spraying his eyes and mouth with insect repellent as he's getting ready to rape her, mistaking her submission as consent.

Marjorie then ties Joe up and subjects him to the same kind of physical and mental assaults he used on her earlier, even reducing him to tears as he pleads for his life when he learns that he's ingested some of the insect repellent Marjorie sprayed at him. When Terry and Pat return home, they try to convince Marjorie, who is contemplating murdering him, to think about the consequences of her actions, since Joe didn't actually rape or attempt to kill her. Joe points this out when he compares his beaten and bloodied self to Marjorie's own physical state. He attempts to fabricate a story that he knew Marjorie through a one-night stand at a party some time ago, which her roommates almost believe, until Marjorie calls him a liar and attacks him, finding the sheath knife he used on her in the first attack, proving her story to Patty and Terry.

Marjorie forces Joe to admit his guilt by torturing him with the blade, and at one point threatens to castrate him if he doesn't tell the truth. Defeated, a sobbing Joe confesses by saying he watched the house and stole letters to gain insight into how the women lived...and that he intended to kill Marjorie and her roommates that day. He also confesses to the rapes and presumed murders of three other women.

Finally at peace, Marjorie allows Patty and Terry to call the police.

Cast

Award Nomination

For her performance, Fawcett received a 1986 Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actress in a Drama".

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