(out of 5)
Gene Hackman plays a high-ranking Washington politician who covers up the accidental murder of his mistress (Sean Young) by spreading a story that it was committed by a long-sought undercover Russian agent. This would be the perfect cover except that navy officer Kevin Costner was also having an affair with the woman and witnessed the whole thing. Some colourful supporting characters (Will Patton‘s psycho-devoted gay secretary being of particular interest to those researching the scary minority presentations of the eighties) and tightscrew direction are followed by a fantastic twist in the end, though it’s still a regular thriller that will leave no huge impression on you five minutes after it’s over.
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Cinematography by John Alcott
Produced by Robert Garland, Laura Ziskin
Music by Maurice Jarre
Production Design by J. Dennis Washington
Film Editing by William Hoy, Neil Travis