Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1996. Miramax, New Line Cinema, Price Entertainment, Savoy Pictures, Tribeca Productions. Screenplay by Chazz Palminteri, based on his play. Cinematography by Fred Murphy. Produced by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal. Music by Phillip Johnston. Production Design by Jeffrey Townsend. Costume Design by Hope Hanafin. Film Editing by Nicholas C. Smith.
Cher returns to the screen for the first time in six years to perform in this underdeveloped character study about an unhappy woman who befriends the hitman (Chazz Palminteri) who has been hired to kill her by her greedy husband (Ryan O’Neal). Centering mainly on the relationship that forms between Cher and Palminteri, the film has a lot of slick dialogue (courtesy of Mr. Palminteri himself), but could really use a little more of a plot: something about these two just isn’t enough to fill the whole film. The woman is still a screen goddess, and if this is all we have to choose from these days to watch her in, so be it, but if you’re not a die hard fan I don’t suggest running out to rent it.
Berlin Film Festival: In Competition