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Sue Schmidt

Published June 2nd 2011
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When identical twin Allison Creighton signs a model release giving a photographer all rights to her photo, she has no idea what trouble that simple act will bring. She considers calling a lawyer when she sees her picture in a nursing magazine, butMoreWhen identical twin Allison Creighton signs a model release giving a photographer all rights to her photo, she has no idea what trouble that simple act will bring. She considers calling a lawyer when she sees her picture in a nursing magazine, but her wedding to Craig McDermott is only two months away, and her thoughts are not attuned to legal matters.Months later, Allison sees a full-size cardboard cut-out of herself in a local drugstore. Her protest to the nursing school proves futile as they show her the model release. More unsettling, her name has not been deleted from the mannequin. Paulie Tyler, a disfigured madman, sees the cardboard cut-out and obsesses that Allison is an angel sent to help heal him. He stalks her as he develops a diabolical plan to kidnap her and force the renowned plastic surgeon she works with to operate on him.But hes too late. Roy Bender, a disenchanted loser, wishes to settle an old debt. When his mother Minnie reads Allison and Craigs wedding announcement in the society pages, he realizes he now has a way to get even with the McDermotts whom he blames for his fathers suicide. He kidnaps Allison and hold her for ransom.While Allison is being held prisoner, Paulie waits in the hospital parking garage ready to initiate his scheme. He doesn’t realize is that MaryJane is at the hospital that night trying to find her twin. Paulie kidnaps MaryJane believing she is Allison. He takes her to his loft on the other side of town.Through her own efforts, and the aid of Minnies sister Sophie, Allison escapes. When Roy finds shes missing, he attacks Sophie, then follows Allison. Minnie finds Sophie and gently cradles her shead in her arms. Sophie confesses that Minnie’s husband had raped her and gotten her pregnant, then killed the child in a tragic accident. Believing Roy is just as capable of such despicable acts, Minnie takes off after him. When she finally catches up with him, he is in the act of raping Allison.Craig, with the help of his father and CJ Hunter, a PI, tracks Roy to his farmhouse. Sophie, with her last breath, tells Craig where Allison is heading. He and CJ race off to find her before Roy kills her. Allison, escaping from the woods, runs into the arms of her husband. Her relief at obtaining her freedom is short-lived when Craig tells her that MaryJane is missing.MaryJane, realizes Paulie has mistaken her for Allison, so plays along. He shows her an operating suite he’s built and tells her she must convince Dr. Connery, renowned plastic surgeon, to perform surgery on him. He says hes planted bombs at both Craigs and Dr. Connerys homes as well as ther vulnerable locations. He will not divulge all the locations until his surgery is complete.She finds Dr. Connery in the hospital OR, and later encounters Allison and Craig in the ER where hes taken his wife to be treated . MaryJane begs Allison to switch places. Knowing her twin could never assist in the surgery, Allison agrees. Fearful of the bombs, Dr. Connery performs the surgery. Later, the doctor leaves promising not to call the police since Paulie will kill Allison if he does.Allison realizes Paulie never intends to let her go. so plans her escape. She fakes illness and convinces him to leave the loft to get her phenobarbital. In his haste, he neglects to set the alarm and she escapes.On his way back , Paulie sees Allison getting into a cab, and knowing she’s headed home, arrives there ahead of her. He confronts Craig and Allison threatening to set off the device in their home if she doesn’t leave with him. Craig charges Paulie and knocks the phone to the floor. His forward motion carries him out of the house, but not before Paulie’s finger hits the final number and the bomb explodes. Horrified that his lovely angel Allison will be killed, Paulie hurls himself on top of her.