Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1981. The Ladd Company. Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan. Cinematography by Richard H. Kline. Produced by Fred T. Gallo. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Bill Kenney. Costume Design by Renie. Film Editing by Carol Littleton.
Movie audiences were introduced to the purring voice and stunning beauty of Kathleen Turner in this Basic Instinct pre-cursor. Turner plays a gorgeous socialite who becomes lovers with a low-rent attorney (William Hurt) and convinces him to kill her rich husband. Anyone who has seen Double Indemnity knows where the story is going, but you’ll enjoy seeing a classic tale told with a modern setting and more complex characters. The sexuality in the film was what got it the most press at the time, and it can still steam a window all on its own today, but the story doesn’t hold up as well and loses its audience’s interest the more clichéd it becomes. Were it not for Turner’s brilliant debut (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer and lost to Pia Zadora) and the titillating scenes, it wouldn’t even be remembered today.