Still Of The Night (1982)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1982.  United Artists.  Story by Robert Benton, , Screenplay by Robert Benton.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Humdrum thriller has Robert Benton trying to do Hitchcock but is only partly successful.  reunites with her Kramer Vs. Kramer director as a femme fatale who crosses paths with a psychologist () 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 has some terrific scenes as Scheider’s carefully inquisitive mother and fellow therapist.

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