Thursday, February 17, 2011

Glenn Close & Mandy Patinkin in Maxie (1985)

Obscurity factor: 7

When Jan (Close) and Nick (Patinkin) move into their new apartment in San Francisco, little do they know the tragic history of a previous tenant will impinge so palpably on their lives. The ghost of Maxie Malone, a free-wheeling flapper still inhabits the apartment and takes possession of Jan's body. Maxie is intent on proving her abilities as an actress and getting the audition she would have had if she hadn't died the night before it. She is also ecstatic to be in a body again, and goes all out to make it her own - new hairstyle, new clothes... Of course this is incredibly disconcerting to the conservative Jan.
Maxie is one of those films that got lost in the shuffle. It's also somewhat controversial - it's a charming comedy that many people remember fondly and others can't stand. Close and Patinkin have some great support in the film. Look for Barnard Hughes as a dotty bishop, Valerie Curtin and Ruth Gordon in her last role as the landlord and former pal of Maxie. 
This is another hard to find film. It's available on DVD, but again, the price is quite high at Amazon - over $60. You can get it for less there on VHS but it's not available on and there isn't a full upload on YouTube. Above is the trailer, uploaded by KaninFamily. The poster above is available at

Obscurity factor: 7 (available on DVD, but expensive and rare, not on YouTube in full)

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