Video Release: February 7, 2006
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 108 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English, English
Charlie lies on her bed in Santa Rosa, California, bored with her small town-life in her small-town family. She wants a change, a little excitement. Meanwhile, her namesake, Uncle Charlie, lies on another bed thousands of miles away in Philadelphia surrounded by discarded bills, deep in secret thoughts. These two are linked, psychic twins, and when Charlie goes to send for her uncle, she finds a telegram announcing his visit already waiting for her. Uncle Charlie brings happiness into the Newton home and a special pleasure to Mother. Yet Charlie feels a tension -- as if her double has brought violence into her home as well.
Subtle clues -- a nameless melody, a news article, an engraved ring-- add weight to Charlie's vague doubts. This growing knowledge shocks her out of the warm sense of safety that she held in her small world. Her favorite uncle, her mother's beloved brother, holds a deep hatred for "useless" women living off their dead husbands' fortunes. While all around her townsfolk joke about murder and mayhem, Charlie sees the coldness that lies beneath her uncle's playful facade.
Uncle Charlie makes a surprise visit to his relatives in California. But despite his charm, his niece and namesake begins to see signs and intuitively starts to believe her uncle is a murderer. From the story by Gordon McConnell, with a screenplay co-written by Thornton Wilder. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Story.
Additional cast members include Edna May Wonacott (Ann Newton), Charles Bates (Roger Newton), Irving Bacon (Station Master), Janet Shaw (Louise) and Estelle Jewell (Catherine).
Gordon McDonnell wrote the original story; William Tummel was the assistant director.
MCA/Universal issued the video in a new package look on May 23, 1995.