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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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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 ...
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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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El asesinato de Mike  »

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Trivia

This was the first project Debra Winger did after An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). After a poor reception from preview audiences, the ad campaign was changed, the soundtrack music was replaced and the film was re-edited. It was eventually released in 1984 after Winger had a hit with Terms of Endearment (1983). 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

[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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Moonlight
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Funny how good films get attention 15-20 years later;
27 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seems like many films fall into this category- especially when they were not blockbusters, had an interesting plot, and do not conform to the formulaic Hollywood trend.

Debra Winger is very good in this film as a 20-something girl, living on her own, who soon gets in over her head. Mark Keyloun plays Mike, her tennis coach, with whom she develops an interest.

The backdrops of LA are interesting and mood inspired, as was the score- if it wasn't I wouldn't be remembering it right now. Brooke Alderson ("Urban Cowboy") also has a brief part as Winger's friend- who tells her to get out- get out of the relationship. Apparently Mike has ties to the drug world- and Winger's character is embroiled in the plot. There are also some interesting scenes with Paul Winfield as a corrupt record producer.

Watch this film. The story is film-noir, set in L.A. Debra Winger is excellent, as always. You will not be disappointed.


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