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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:
Betty Parrish
Mark Keyloun ...
Brooke Alderson ...
Robert Crosson ...
Richard (as Daniel Shor)
William Ostrander ...
Gregory Hormel ...
Kid Drug Buyer
Tough Guy #1 (as John Michael Stewart)
Víctor Pérez ...
Tough Guy #2 (as Victor Perez)
Ben (as Mark High)
Ken Y. Namba ...
Sushi Chef
Ruth Winger ...
Betty's Mother
April Ferry ...


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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 »


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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Debra Winger shines in '80s noir
14 February 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

There's a lot of good things to say about this obscure mystery from the 80s. The best thing is Debra Winger, who never looked better. She is beautiful and sexy, earthy and smoldering, yet she possesses an approachable, naive quality.

The story is good, with a different kind of look at the drug underworld in Los Angeles. This is not about cops, gangsters and car chases. It's about an innocent woman who accidentally becomes involved in a drug-related murder. It's really all about Winger's character, although Paul Winfield stands out in a small role as a gay music producer.

The mood is low-key and dreamlike with a subtle erotic undertone. It also has a nice score that stays with you. Give it a chance.

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