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Reynolds used to snap out a smart line, hold the audacity for a close-up, then cinch a zip or slam in a magazine. In this hopelessly muddled thriller, he is denied his routine, and what his fans make of the resulting penny-plain actor is anybody's guess. Script-heavy, improbable, and with a thrown-together plot, the movie doubtless started out as a gloss on the complications of '40s film noir. Framed for a killing, drunken cop Joe Paris (Reynolds) is assigned up-market attorney Jenny Hudson (Russell) to defend him. He can't remember what he did on the night in question, won't implicate his married lover (Lenz), and they go through the usual period of mutual resentment. Jenny lives with a bracered yuppie (McGinley) who says things like 'I thought we were gonna spend some quality time together'. The case is crazy with clues, fights, new characters who fail to detain the attention, and all-important tapes containing something or other. The resolution is rubbish.

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Crichton
Screenwriter: Bill Phillips
Cast: Burt Reynolds
Theresa Russell
Ned Beatty
Kay Lenz
Ted McGinley
Tom O'Brien
Kenneth Welsh
Ray Baker

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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burritobrother

This isn't a bad movie. It is at least an entertaining film and Reynolds is very good. He has always been underrated, especially during the mid-to-late '80's, but some of his best work was from this period.

burritobrother

This isn't a bad movie. It is at least an entertaining film and Reynolds is very good. He has always been underrated, especially during the mid-to-late '80's, but some of his best work was from this period.