Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1987. Columbia Pictures. Screenplay by Howard Franklin. Cinematography by Steven Poster. Produced by Thierry de Ganay, Harold Schneider. Music by Michael Kamen. Production Design by James D. Bissell. Costume Design by Colleen Atwood. Film Editing by Claire Simpson.
Above-average thriller that benefits from great chemistry between its stars and the visual ingenuity of director Ridley Scott. Mimi Rogers plays a rich society dame who accidentally witnesses a murder; the police assign a detective (Tom Berenger) to protect her and make sure she stays alive until the killer can be caught. Berenger falls in love with her and is tempted to destroy his home life with his wife (Lorraine Bracco) and children for the woman, but is their attraction actually personal or do class divisions have more to do with it? The added level of social drama is also a plus, though in the end it’s still just a thriller with some terrific photography and a tidy ending.