Tattoo (1981 film)

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Tattoo FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Bob Brooks
Produced by Joseph E. Levine
Richard P. Levine
Written by Bob Brooks (story)
Joyce Buñuel
Starring Bruce Dern
Maud Adams
Music by Barry De Vorzon
Cinematography Arthur J. Ornitz
Michael Serezin
Edited by Thom Noble
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
October 9, 1981
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million[1]

Tattoo is a 1981 thriller film directed by Bob Brooks, and stars Bruce Dern and Maud Adams. The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Actor for Dern,[2] and was the last film that Joseph E. Levine ever produced.


Karl Kinsky (Dern) is a mentally ill tattoo artist who is hired to create temporary tattoos for some models. He becomes obsessed with one of them, Maddy (Adams), whom he kidnaps in order to force her to wear "his mark." He keeps her captive as he creates his masterpiece on her body. Throughout the ensuing captivity, Maddy tries several times to escape, but her attempts are continually thwarted by Kinsky.


  • Bruce Dern as Karl Kinsky
  • Maud Adams as Maddy
  • Leonard Frey as Halsey
  • Frederikke Borge as Sandra
  • John Getz as Buddy
  • Peter Iacangelo as Dubin
  • Alan Leach as Customer
  • Cynthia Nixon as Cindy
  • Trish Doolan as Cheryl
  • Anthony Mannino as George
  • Lex Monson as Dudley
  • Patricia Roe as Doris
  • Jane Hoffman as Teresa
  • Robert Burr as Ralph
  • John Snyder as Hawker


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
  2. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. 

External links[edit]

  • Tattoo on IMDb
  • Tattoo (1981), – Overview on the designs of the Temptu tattoo makeup used in the feature.