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Mike's Murder (1984)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
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Betty Parrish
Mark Keyloun ...
Mike
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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 ...
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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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James Bridges, wrote, produced and directed this film in the Spring of 1983; focused and based upon the true case murder of a young man's (Mike's Murder) botched drug involvement with a syndicated drug cartel. Two African-American males on the UCLA football team (linemen) were convicted of Mike's murder, ordered by the cartel, which is incidental to the climax of the film. The production company set up offices at The Culver City Studios; building the interiors and matching the exterior of the Westwood exterior house location on a stage at the Culver City studio. Jim Bridges had Alan Ladd, Jr.'s financial investment and support agreeing to deliver the project under a three million dollar budget. Sharing the construction crew and mill for the film "Star 80", while both were in production at the same studio facility, reduced below the line expenses. Additionally, scheduling all the locations on the Venice, West LA, Westwood and West Hollywood Hills (above Sunset Boulevard) reduced transportation expenses and charges. The entire production team was a tightly knit creative group fully informed of the tight budget problem. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[Betty is on the phone with Mike]
Mike: So you don't feel like coming up and swimming with me?
Betty: How about tomorrow night?
Mike: You know I can't plan that far in advance.
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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

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Without You
Written by Pete Ham (uncredited) and Tom Evans (uncredited)
Performed by Chaz Jankel
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Underrated Film Noir
7 October 2005 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

My experience with this film differs from some of those who seem to be objecting to both the plot and the cast.

I thought the idea of a 20's something woman who immerses herself in a quasi-relationship with a person on the fringe of society to be interesting. Winger turns in a terrific performance. Part of the human experience or journey is that one encounters difficult moments in one's life - including anticipating relationships one wants desperately to work out.

Betty is in the unfortunate position of having to view Mike from afar as the latter is caught in a nightmarish world of drugs and deceit. I found Mike's drug partner in crime very compelling. One had a real sense of dread and doom as he tried to "make-up" for an irredeemable mistake. Paul Winfield is spot on as the record producer who has also suffered a loss.

All in all, what we have here is a subtle film which is compelling and which a typical focus group would probably pass over. One good example of why film producers and directors should stay away from them and let their artistic visions guide their actions.


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