Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1991. Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions Pictures, Polar Entertainment Corporation, Rufglen Films. Screenplay by William Reilly, Claude Kerven. Cinematography by Elliot Davis. Produced by John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Howard Cummings. Costume Design by Hope Hanafin. Film Editing by Tom Walls.
Riveting thriller is a rare example of genre work from director Alan Rudolph, one of his best and most interesting films. Placing the emphasis on character development, the film unfolds slowly as main character Demi Moore tells the police her version of the events leading up to the vicious murder of her best friend’s abusive boyfriend (Bruce Willis). She starts at the couple’s wedding day and leads through their rough days while Willis’s wife (a marvelous Glenne Headly) puts up with his bad temper until she just can’t take any more. The little bits and pieces of Moore’s information come together to form a fascinating whole until the ending unseats you completely. This is very atypical material for Hollywood actors to be appearing in, all the more reason that it should be enjoyed, and Moore is excellent.