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* BadassMustache: Bob Lasalle is clean-shaven in 1959, but sports one of these in 1975.


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* TheOner: Several important shots like this, most memorably when the camera pans back-and-forth between Michael and Bob while they have a conversation over coffee.


* EiffelTowerEffect: A brief scene in the French Quarter, and some shots of the still-under-construction Superdome.

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* EiffelTowerEffect: A EiffelTowerEffect:
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** For Florence, the exterior of San Miniato al Monte (they weren't allowed to film inside), plus the Ponte Vecchio and other landmarks.


* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler:Slightly averted in regards to the Sandra/Amy connection. In the original script, it is made explicit that father (Michael) and long-lost daughter (Sandra) consummate their love affair, but nervous studio executives [[ExecutiveMeddling tried to downplay it]] by making their wedding into a dream sequence and [=LaSalle=] telling Sandra "at least you didn't go to bed with him" as the two board the plane to Rome with the stolen money.]]

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* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler:Slightly averted in regards to the Sandra/Amy connection. In the original script, it is made explicit that father (Michael) and long-lost daughter (Sandra) consummate their love affair, but nervous studio executives [[ExecutiveMeddling tried to downplay it]] it by making their wedding into a dream sequence and [=LaSalle=] telling Sandra "at least you didn't go to bed with him" as the two board the plane to Rome with the stolen money.]]

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* SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler:Slightly averted in regards to the Sandra/Amy connection. In the original script, it is made explicit that father (Michael) and long-lost daughter (Sandra) consummate their love affair, but nervous studio executives [[ExecutiveMeddling tried to downplay it]] by making their wedding into a dream sequence and [=LaSalle=] telling Sandra "at least you didn't go to bed with him" as the two board the plane to Rome with the stolen money.]]

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* RewatchBonus: On rewatch, it really becomes an entirely different film. The first time, it's all about Michael mourning for TheLostLenore and finding a DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest in Sandra. On rewatch, it turns into [[spoiler:the story of Amy reuniting with her father and returning to her long-lost home, and there's added IncestSubtext to Michael's actions]].


* {{Expy}}: On a basic level as a ''Vertigo'' homage, you have Michael/Scottie, Elizabeth & Sandra/Madeleine & Judy, and Elster/Lasalle. There's also a fair amount of [[Film/{{Marnie}} Mark Rutland]] in Michael too, since they have similar names and are both grieving widowers who start an unsettling relationship with a woman he barely knows, to the confusion of his associates.

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* {{Expy}}: On a basic level as a ''Vertigo'' homage, you have Michael/Scottie, Elizabeth & Sandra/Madeleine & Judy, and Elster/Lasalle.Lasalle/Elster. There's also a fair amount of [[Film/{{Marnie}} Mark Rutland]] in Michael too, since they have similar names and are both grieving widowers who start an unsettling relationship with a woman he barely knows, to the confusion of his associates.


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* MayDecemberRomance: Michael, approaching 50, falls for Sandra, who's 25.

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* BigBadFriend: Michael never even suspects that [[spoiler:his trusted partner Bob Lasalle was behind the kidnapping]].


* {{Expy}}: On a basic level as a ''Vertigo'' homage, you have Michael/Scottie, Elizabeth & Sandra/Madeleine & Judy, and Elster/Lasalle. There's also a fair amount of [[Film/{{Marnie}} Mark Rutland]] in Michael too, as a grieving widower who starts an unsettling relationship with a woman he barely knows, to the confusion of his associates.

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* {{Expy}}: On a basic level as a ''Vertigo'' homage, you have Michael/Scottie, Elizabeth & Sandra/Madeleine & Judy, and Elster/Lasalle. There's also a fair amount of [[Film/{{Marnie}} Mark Rutland]] in Michael too, as a since they have similar names and are both grieving widower widowers who starts start an unsettling relationship with a woman he barely knows, to the confusion of his associates.



* OrbitalKiss: No kiss involved, but the final scene uses this.

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* OrbitalKiss: No kiss involved, There's no actual kiss, but otherwise the final scene uses this.is a perfect example.



* WholePlotReference: Not as slavish a copy of ''Vertigo'' as its reputation suggests, but still follows the main outline. ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' also gets referenced. And of course, the "kidnapped daughter" angle is Creator/PaulSchrader doing another ShoutOut to ''Film/TheSearchers''.

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* WholePlotReference: Not as slavish a copy of ''Vertigo'' as its reputation suggests, but still follows the main outline. outline, with one key scene being a direct lift: [[spoiler:the DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest writes a confessional letter, then throws it away]]. ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' also gets referenced.referenced, particularly the flashback montage. And of course, the "kidnapped daughter" angle is Creator/PaulSchrader doing another ShoutOut to ''Film/TheSearchers''.


* YouFool: Used verbatim by Lasalle during his final altercation with Michael.

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* YouFool: Used verbatim by Lasalle during his final altercation with Michael.Michael.
* YouKilledMyFather: The reason why [[spoiler:Amy/Sandra was eager to go along with Lasalle's scheme, since Lasalle had convinced her that Michael didn't love her anymore and let Elizabeth die on purpose, so she was eager to get revenge on her father]].


* InternalReveal: Flashbacks reveal [[spoiler:that while Elizabeth died in the car accident, the kidnappers kept Amy at the house. Bob paid her ransom, then sent her to Italy, where she assumed the identity of Sandra]], but Michael doesn't learn it until the final scene.

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* InternalReveal: Flashbacks reveal [[spoiler:that while Elizabeth died As we see in flashbacks, [[spoiler:the lead kidnapper kept Amy in the house, but the others tricked the cops into thinking they'd taken her in the car accident, the kidnappers kept Amy at the house. along with Elizabeth. Bob paid her ransom, off the surviving kidnapper, then sent her Amy to Italy, where she was adopted by Mrs. Portinari and assumed the identity of Sandra]], but Michael doesn't learn it until the final scene.


* YouFool!: Used verbatim by Lasalle during his final altercation with Michael.

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* YouFool!: YouFool: Used verbatim by Lasalle during his final altercation with Michael.


* WholePlotReference: Not as slavish a copy of ''Vertigo'' as its reputation suggests, but still follows the main outline. ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' also gets referenced. And of course, the "kidnapped daughter" angle is Creator/PaulSchrader doing another ShoutOut to ''Film/TheSearchers''.

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* WholePlotReference: Not as slavish a copy of ''Vertigo'' as its reputation suggests, but still follows the main outline. ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' also gets referenced. And of course, the "kidnapped daughter" angle is Creator/PaulSchrader doing another ShoutOut to ''Film/TheSearchers''.''Film/TheSearchers''.
* YouFool!: Used verbatim by Lasalle during his final altercation with Michael.


* WholePlotReference: Not as slavish a copy of ''Vertigo'' as its reputation suggests, but still follows the main outline. ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' also gets referenced. And of course, the "lost daughter" angle is Creator/PaulSchrader doing another ShoutOut to ''Film/TheSearchers''.

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* WholePlotReference: Not as slavish a copy of ''Vertigo'' as its reputation suggests, but still follows the main outline. ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' also gets referenced. And of course, the "lost "kidnapped daughter" angle is Creator/PaulSchrader doing another ShoutOut to ''Film/TheSearchers''.


** The ransom plot was actually a failed attempt at this. [[spoiler:Knowing how much he loved his wife and daughter, Lasalle expected Michael to pay the ransom, which would force him to give up his share of the partnership. Instead, the police convinced Michael to go along with a phony payment sting operation, which ruined the plan and forced Lasalle to pay the kidnappers off himself]].

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** The ransom plot was actually a failed attempt at this. [[spoiler:Knowing [[spoiler:Lasalle organized the abduction. Knowing how much he loved his wife and daughter, Lasalle expected Michael to pay the ransom, which would force him to give up his share of the partnership. Instead, the police convinced Michael to go along with a phony payment sting operation, which ruined the plan and forced Lasalle to pay the kidnappers off himself]].



* BittersweetEnding: Having [[spoiler:killed Bob]], Michael thinks [[spoiler:he'll get the chance to take revenge out on Sandra, but instead learns that she's actually his daughter]].

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* BittersweetEnding: Having [[spoiler:killed Bob]], Michael thinks [[spoiler:he'll get the chance [[spoiler:goes off to take revenge out on kill Sandra, but instead finds out that she tried to kill herself, then learns that she's actually his daughter]].daughter Amy, who didn't really die in 1959]].



* InternalReveal: Flashbacks reveal [[spoiler:that while Elizabeth died in the car accident, Amy stayed at the house, Bob paid her ransom, then sent her to Italy, where she assumed the identity of Sandra]], but Michael doesn't learn it until the final scene.

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* InternalReveal: Flashbacks reveal [[spoiler:that while Elizabeth died in the car accident, the kidnappers kept Amy stayed at the house, house. Bob paid her ransom, then sent her to Italy, where she assumed the identity of Sandra]], but Michael doesn't learn it until the final scene.


In present day (1975) New Orleans, Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) is a land developer who is deeply haunted by the past. In 1959, his wife Elizabeth (Geneviève Bujold) and their 9-year-old daughter Amy (Wanda Blackman) were abducted and held for ransom. The police bungled an attempt to rescue them, including a plan involving a briefcase full of blank paper instead of money. In the ensuing chaos, Elizabeth and Amy died. Michael has mourned their loss ever since, including erecting a memorial to them on the land where he'd intended to build a housing subdivision.

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In present day (1975) New Orleans, Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) is a land developer who is deeply haunted by the past. In 1959, his wife Elizabeth (Geneviève Bujold) and their 9-year-old daughter Amy (Wanda Blackman) were abducted and held for ransom. The police bungled an attempt to rescue them, including a plan involving a briefcase full of blank paper instead of money. In the ensuing chaos, Elizabeth and Amy died. Michael has mourned their loss ever since, including even erecting a memorial to them on the land where he'd intended to build a housing subdivision.

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