Exposed (1983 film)

Exposed is a 1983 American drama film written, produced and directed by James Toback. It stars Nastassja Kinski, Rudolf Nureyev, Harvey Keitel, Ian McShane and Bibi Andersson.

Directed byJames Toback
Produced byJames Toback
Written byJames Toback
StarringNastassja Kinski
Rudolf Nureyev
Harvey Keitel
Ian McShane
Bibi Andersson
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyHenri Decaë
Edited byRobert Lawrence
Distributed byMGM/UA Entertainment Company
Release date
April 22, 1983 (1983-04-22)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million[1][2]
Box office$1,352,083[3]


The subject of her professor's romantic designs, Elizabeth Carlson a college girl from Wisconsin, packs up and moves to New York City, finding a job as a waitress while she attempts to launch a career as a fashion model.

As her career takes off, she meets Daniel Jelline, a violinist, who aggressively stalks Elizabeth until they begin an affair. When work takes her to Paris, however, Elizabeth encounters a terrorist named Rivas and her life is placed in considerable danger.



James Toback claims he tried for a number of years to get the film financed but was unsuccessful. He says he won $2 million gambling in Las Vegas and spent a portion of this to bribe David Begelman, then head of MGM, to get him to authorise MGM to finance the film. MGM provided a budget of $18 million of which Toback's fee was $500,000. Filming took 80 days.[4][1] Serge Silberman was executive producer.

Toback says he based the script on a romance he had with an airline stewardess.[5]

"I've changed roughly 80% of the script I showed MGM," he said later, "and I write and rewrite every night."[5]

This movie was filmed on UVM campus in Burlington, VT.


"The movie is unlike anything being released by major studios today," said Toback at the time of the film's release, "and so its confusing to people who market movies".[6] Toback was allowed to be involved in the promotion of the film. "I'm being treated a lot better than most studios would treat me," he said. "I'm not getting much money but I'm being treated a lot better than most studios treat me... I figure now I have a remote chance of putting across a movie that only got made by a miracle anyway."[6]

Toback says the film had a "mixed" reception.[1]


  1. Alec Baldwin (30 September 2013). "James Toback". Here's The Thing (Podcast). Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  2. Osenlund, Kurt (25 October 2013). "Seduced and Abandoned's James Toback on Movies, Mortality, Shooting in Cannes, and Literally Shooting his Enemies". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  3. Exposed at Box Office Mojo
  4. Rushfield, Richard (4 November 2013). "On Getting "Exposed" Green Lit". Rushfield Babylon. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  5. Turner, Adrian (23 January 1982). "Nothing Against Murder". The Guardian. London. p. 12.
  6. Pond, Steve (18 November 1982). "Dateline Hollywood". The Washington Post. p. C7.
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