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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 ...
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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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 »

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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Out of the Business
Performed by The Tubes
Courtesy of Capital 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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