Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1990. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Michael Cristofer, based on the novel by Tom Wolfe. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by Brian De Palma, Chris F. Woods. Music by Dave Grusin. Production Design by Richard Sylbert. Costume Design by Ann Roth. Film Editing by Bill Pankow, David Ray.
Brian DePalma makes a huge mess of Tom Wolfe’s extremely popular bestselling novel, but what probably marks this film as such a famous bomb were the circumstances surrounding it more than the actual product, particularly the fact that Wolfe got a record-breaking sum for the screen rights. Tom Hanks plays a Wall Street financial wizard whose perfect life unravels when his girlfriend (a wonderful Melanie Griffith) hits a young kid with her car in downtown New York and practically starts a race war in the Big Apple. Bruce Willis plays a journalist who investigates what looks like is going to be a major cover up on the part of the couple. The story veers into the world of situational ethics, though it doesn’t deal with them intelligently in any way; Hanks is sturdy, but Willis is painfully miscast and the ending is terrible. Look for a very young Kirsten Dunst in an early film role.