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Coming Out Alive (1980)

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A woman hires a contract-killer when her ex-husband kidnaps her son.


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A woman hires a contract-killer when her ex-husband kidnaps her son.

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Disjointed script Proves To Be Fatal.
3 February 2005 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

In a film made for Canadian television, Helen Shaver plays Isobel Gateway, whose disabled son, Nickie, is deceitfully taken by her disunited husband (Michael Ironside). When she becomes impatient with tepid police efforts to locate the boy, Isobel tries her own methods through hiring private detectives and, eventually, mercenaries whose advertisements she has perused in a soldier of fortune type of periodical. Because she and her estranged husband have not filed for divorce, the police do not view his father's taking of Nickie as a kidnapping, and as the field of prospective mercenaries is unsuitable, Isobel is at wit's end when Jocko Riley (Scott Hylands), an assassin-for-hire stalks her, gradually convincing her to utilize his services and later of an unexpected motive for her spouse absconding with her son. A distinctive lack of design marks the scenario with an episodic quality instead of a needed organized and linear plot for what is, after all, a rather basic premise. Acting honours are to Hylands for his interesting reading although his accent is not only unidentifiable but inconsistent as well; the film, set largely in and about London, Ontario, benefits from solid production values despite a small budget.

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