Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1994. Incorporated Television Company. Screenplay by Steve Barancik. Cinematography by Jeff Jur. Produced by Jon Shestack. Music by Joseph Vitarelli. Production Design by Linda Pearl. Costume Design by Terry Dresbach. Film Editing by Eric L. Beason.
Linda Fiorentino is sensational in this lurid film noir, a role that would have earned her an Oscar nomination if the Academy hadn’t declared the film ineligible for consideration (it debuted on cable television before hitting theatres). She and Bill Pullman play a happily married couple who pull a scam job for a large amount of money. When he mistreats her, she takes the cash and runs, covering her tracks as much as possible to avoid her husband ever finding her. Hiding out in a small upstate New York town, she befriends an average nice guy (Peter Berg) and names him her ‘designated fuck’. He proves to be more useful when her husband finds her and she needs someone to bump the guy off. Every scene of this film allows Fiorentino to do something brilliant, whether it’s a psychological con or a physical act of bravura, and she gives it her all the whole time. Just to please you, it’s capped off with a fantastic ending.