Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1982. United Artists. Story by Robert Benton, David Newman, Screenplay by Robert Benton. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Produced by Arlene Donovan. Music by John Kander. Production Design by Mel Bourne. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Bill Pankow.
Humdrum thriller has Robert Benton trying to do Hitchcock but is only partly successful. Meryl Streep reunites with her Kramer Vs. Kramer director as a femme fatale who crosses paths with a psychologist (Roy Scheider) investigating the murder of one of his patients. Streep is the prime suspect and enlists Scheider’s help to clear her name, but naturally he falls for her and is blinded to the possibility that she may actually be the killer. Benton never really gets beyond the story’s cliches, but it is fun to see Streep in a different role as the double-crossing blond, and Jessica Tandy has some terrific scenes as Scheider’s carefully inquisitive mother and fellow therapist.