Taglines: Somebody loves Emily… too much.
Emily Hollander (Shire) is the subject of a lesbian obsession of Andrea Glassen (Ashley), her next-door neighbor. Emily, a shy, recently divorced woman, lives alone in a New York apartment. A man forces his way into her apartment and performs a bizarre “rape.” He forces her to make sounds of erotic satisfaction, capturing them on his tape recorder. She reports the attack to the police, and while they are interviewing her, Andrea stops by to comfort her.
Emily seeks safety by moving to an apartment in another section of the city. However, while she is moving out, the same man tries to attack her again. This time Andrea conveniently passes by, and is able to prevent the man from entering Emily’s apartment.
It becomes apparent that Andrea is not the helpful neighbor that she seems. For starters, she has the recording that was made during Emily’s first attack. Andrea has developed an erotic fascination with Emily, apparently developed as she observed Emily through the apartment’s windows. She hired a taxi driver to perform the attacks, with the purpose of gaining the recording, to which she repeatedly listens while fantasizing of Emily.
Unaware of the situation, Emily continues to view Andrea as a friend. She also begins a relationship with the policeman (Cortese) who responded to her case. At this intrusion into her fantasy, Andrea becomes increasingly unhinged. She takes to spying on Emily through a telescope.
Windows is a 1980 erotic thriller film starring Talia Shire, Joe Cortese, Elizabeth Ashley, Kay Medford, Michael Gorrin, Russell Horton, Michael Lipton, and Rick Petrucelli, directed by Gordon Willis.
Directed by: Gordon Willis
Starring: Talia Shire, Joe Cortese, Elizabeth Ashley, Kay Medford, Michael Gorrin, Russell Horton, Michael Lipton, Rick Petrucelli
Screenplay by: Barry Siegel
Production Design by: Mel Bourne
Cinematography by: Gordon Willis
Film Editing by: Barry Malkin
Costume Design by: Clifford Capone
Set Decoration by: Leslie Bloom
Art Direction by: Mel Bourne, Richard Fuhrman
Music by: Ennio Morricone
Distributed by: United Artists
Release Date: January 18, 1980