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Mike's Murder (1984)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  9 March 1984 (USA)
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Betty has a crush on her tennis coach Mike. He keeps on promising to call, but never does - she doesn't know that he's a little dealer. After a failed deal in someone else's district he has... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Betty Parrish
Mark Keyloun ...
Mike
Darrell Larson ...
Pete
Brooke Alderson ...
Patty
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Phillip
Robert Crosson ...
Sam
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Richard (as Daniel Shor)
William Ostrander ...
Randy
Gregory Hormel ...
Kid Drug Buyer
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Tough Guy #1 (as John Michael Stewart)
Víctor Pérez ...
Tough Guy #2 (as Victor Perez)
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Ben (as Mark High)
Ken Y. Namba ...
Sushi Chef
Ruth Winger ...
Betty's Mother
April Ferry ...
Bosslady
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Betty has a crush on her tennis coach Mike. He keeps on promising to call, but never does - she doesn't know that he's a little dealer. After a failed deal in someone else's district he has to disappear for three months. He contacts Betty again, but she waits in vain - he's killed before they meet. Now she tries to find out what happened, asks around among his friends. This leads her right into the drug scenery. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The mystery that led her into a world of incredible danger.


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9 March 1984 (USA)  »

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El asesinato de Mike  »

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Writer/director James Bridges originally wrote and edited the film so that the story played chronologically backward, similar to what Memento and Irreversible did 16 years later. However, the studio got nervous, thinking it was too complicated and hard to follow, and had the film re-edited in chronological order for release. See more »

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Mike's cigarette changing of position in between shots during the car scene. First the cigarette is unlit in his mouth but during close-ups on his face the cigarette disappears, and when the camera changes to another position he's holding a half lit cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Philip: You want to know everything? Well, believe me you don't. This was an enforcement killing. I mean they were making a statement.
Betty: What statement?
Philip: Are you the girl with the, uh, C scale out of tune?
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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Get Down on It
Written by Kool & The Gang (uncredited), Ronald Bell (uncredited) and J.T. Taylor (uncredited)
Performed by Kool & The Gang (as Kool and the Gang)
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects
a Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Forgotten neo-noir gem . . . grossly undervalued
6 December 1999 | by (Barre, VT) – See all my reviews

For some inexplicable reason, critics find this film hard to follow. Actually, it's very coherent and surprisingly powerful. Debra Winger plays a bank employee who falls for her tennis coach, a young stud named Mike. When Mike is brutally murdered by drug dealers, Winger's character, Betty, is drawn into the L.A. underworld in her quest to find out why he was killed. What makes this film so great is its quiet realism. Most latter day noirs suffer from over-the-top plotting, mega-violence, and cartoonish effects. Moving by indirection and inference, MIKE'S MURDER skirts a hellish world rather than diving in, a narrative strategy that makes it eerily believable and deeply disturbing. Check it out.


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