Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1990. Orion Pictures. Screenplay by Nona Tyson, Charles Williams, based on the book Hell Hath No Fury by Charles Williams. Cinematography by Ueli Steiger. Produced by Paul Lewis. Music by Jack Nitzsche. Production Design by Cary White. Costume Design by Mary Kay Stolz. Film Editing by Wende Phifer Mate.
Enjoyable throwback to the good old days of noir filmmaking features a story that could be described as shallow James Ellroy. Don Johnson plays a sexy drifter who wanders into a dusty Texas town and gets a job working for a used car salesman. His intention is to pull off a major bank heist, but first he must resist the advances of the boss’ sexy wife (Virginia Madsen doing a hilarious take on double-crossing blondes) while pursuing the affections of his young secretary (Jennifer Connelly). Johnson goes from criminal to detective when he realizes that he has stumbled upon a place where secrets abound and mysteries have yet to be uncovered. Dennis Hopper directs with visual relish, and the enjoyable style of the film overrides many of the cliched turns of the plot.