Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/United Kingdom, 1996. PVM Entertainment, Savoy Pictures, The Rank Organisation, The Ruddy Morgan Organization, Thinkfactory Media. Screenplay by Harley Peyton, Scott Frank, based on the book by James Lee Burke. Cinematography by Harris Savides. Produced by Leslie Greif, Andre Morgan, Albert S. Ruddy. Music by George Fenton. Production Design by John Stoddart. Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard. Film Editing by William Steinkamp.
Entertaining murder mystery set in the lush tropical atmosphere of Florida stars Alec Baldwin in a role that was meant to become a franchise (author James Lee Burke has written a series of novels about the same character). Baldwin plays a happily married man (to Kelly Lynch) who invites trouble into his life when he and his wife take a little girl in, the sole survivor of a plane crash that happens near them. Soon authorities are visiting them and they begin to wonder about the identities of the other passengers, suspicions which are confirmed when evil men with guns show up at his house ready to kill him and his wife to get the girl back. With some help from his childhood friend (a marvelously acidic Eric Roberts), who is now a drug lord and probably connected to the mystery men, Baldwin puts together the anatomy of the perfect crime that costs him more than he was willing to give. Mary Stuart Masterson is fantastic as a friend who visits to help out when things get too rough, and Teri Hatcher has a wonderful role as Roberts’ wife. If you like a steady thriller that builds on character and not gadgets you’ll love this low-budget zinger