Cross Country (1983)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  18 November 1983 (USA)
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After a woman is found butchered in her New York apartment, suspicion falls on her estranged husband, an ad executive who has suddenly left town on a cross-country road trip. He takes along... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Bley
Lois Hayes
Det. Sgt. Roersch
Brent Carver ...
John Forrest
David Connor ...
Rico Barbone
George Sperdakos ...
Lt. Robert Welles
Michael Kane ...
Harry Burns
Glen Cosgrove
Paul Bradley ...
Nick Overland
Jacklin Williams ...
Cleaning Woman
Anna Vitre ...
Judith Keel
Pamela Collyer ...
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After a woman is found butchered in her New York apartment, suspicion falls on her estranged husband, an ad executive who has suddenly left town on a cross-country road trip. He takes along a beautiful girl he met in a bar and a drifter he picked up along the way. A cop sets out after the husband, but he's more interested in shaking him down than bringing him back. Written by

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31 October 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If there was ever a movie that had style, this is it... all the way through. I first saw this movie when I was fourteen with my friend. There was a lesbian scene in the latter part of my movie. I remember my Mum saying to my friend who was two years younger, "Should you really be watching this". My eyes were literally glued to the screen. It would've taken the forces of nature to pull em' off. This is one of those movies that doesn't hold back and boldly goes where a lot of others don't, whether violence, sex, nudity. One example that springs straight to mind is a stripper/dancer, flaunting her big and I mean big... you know, near the start of the movie, where successful ad exec, Evan Bley, (old veteran actor Beymer) is having one last drink, before leaving Philly and going cross country through beautiful Canada. Why? He's just tired and needs a break from his job. Or is he the one who's committed this ghastly murder, and I do mean GHASTLY, (even by old day standards) of his ex lover/model/girlfriend/high class call girl, some other names I could mention, mostly unsavory. Accompanying him on his trip, after things get a bit ugly back at the bar, is part time stripper, budding model/actress, Lois and her loser musician friend, John, played with dynamic believability by the great Brent Carver. This movie has a real sense of danger and menace, mostly due to Beymer's character. Is he really the psycho who did the girl? Footnote: I must admit I was shocked who the killer was, but I'll leave that up to you to decide. Moving on, enter hot shot detective, Ed Roersch, the cool Michael Ironside, before he made a name for himself. He has his own reasons for going after Beymer, and they're all selfish too. First, before jetting off and catching up with Beymer, he has make a few calls, question suspects and associates, some real dubious and sleazy types, including an old private investigator who stumbled across the murder scene. You'll remember this guy as the bartender in that other Canadian thriller, Stone Cold Dead. Get this, this PI sleeps in crummy motels, keeps dirty mags, and likes to steal jewellery off dead people, and is LOA-DED! and as Ironside's character tells him, heartlessly, while interrogating him, "You need your mouth washed" Those words precede Ironside, getting physical by literally ramming this guy's head down a toilet bowl, but having the decency to flush it, afterwards. As in thriller form, Cross Country has been plotted very well. It's a tight, compact little movie, that manipulates you-Suspect one here, suspect two there. It really works. That's what a good thriller is, and that this is. That lesbian sex scene is a killer. It always stays with me. I couldn't quite believe it when I first viewed it. A classic scene ending, is where Ironside's rental car, that Beymer steals, goes off a cliff of the real Grand Canyon, and plummets for hundreds of meters, before becoming dreck, fantastically shot against a great Chris Rea Soundtrack. He provides other tracks to the movie also. Another plus. Also the scene with Beymer, stripping off Lois's clothes (eye candy, Nina Axelrod-Motel Hell) in the motel room, is interesting in the fact, to when does rape end, and pleasure begin. Meanwhile, John, solo, is going crazy outside, managing to break into the motel with his little flick knife and stealing a coke out of it's vendor. This movie doesn't deserve to be knocked the way it has. Hopefully you will look beyond the bad reviews, and make up your own mind. So, collect your honey and sit down to a thrilling and engrossing night of viewing. It'll be worth believe me. Cross Country rules. And so does it's striking front cover.

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