Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1986. TriStar Pictures, Delphi IV Productions, Delphi V Productions. Screenplay by James Carabatsos. Cinematography by Michel Brault. Produced by D. Constantine Conte. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Hilary Rosenfeld. Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Bill Yahraus.
The first of two times that Richard Gere and Kim Basinger were united on screen was in this brainless drama (the second was in the brainless thriller Final Analysis). Gere plays a Chicago cop whose job as a hitman goes awry when his pretend target actually gets killed, as does his own partner. Intending to get revenge, Gere follows the trail of the mysterious blonde (Basinger) involved in the case back to New Orleans, where he gets mixed up with her boss (Jeroen Krabbé), a ruthless crime lord. Eventually, Gere and Basinger run off together through the swamps of Louisiana, falling in love while trying to avoid being killed by the unstoppable villain. Very little inspiration in the mundane plot, and even the actors don’t seem to have their hearts in it, but at least they both look great.