Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1988. Bigelow Productions, Silver Screen Partners III, Touchstone Pictures. Story and Screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue, based on the screenplay by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene. Cinematography by Yuri Neyman. Produced by Ian Sander, Laura Ziskin. Music by Chaz Jankel. Production Design by Richard Amend. Costume Design by Nancy Cone. Film Editing by Raja Gosnell, Michael R. Miller.
Remake of the fifties thriller features the cinematic debut of computer-generated character Max Headroom. Dennis Quaid plays a university professor who discovers that someone has poisoned him and he has twenty-four hours before he will die. Deciding not to sit around and wait for death, Quaid enlists the help of a plucky student (Meg Ryan) and rushes around the city in an effort to find out who it was that did this to him. Directors Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton fail to bring any exceptional intensity to the story, instead creating a mundane, by-the-numbers thriller that only really comes to life when Charlotte Rampling appears on screen towards the end.