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Kicks (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller  -  11 March 1985 (USA)
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A wealthy man with a penchant for living on the edge and engaging in dangerous, life-threatening activities becomes romantically involved with a female university professor who has the same proclivities.

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Martin Cheevers
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Maggie Pierson
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Caleb
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Barnes
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Rosemary
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Stanley
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A wealthy man with a penchant for living on the edge and engaging in dangerous, life-threatening activities becomes romantically involved with a female university professor who has the same proclivities.

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Exiting! SPOILER
27 October 2004 | by (Annapolis, MD) – See all my reviews

This TV Move was a great, suspense-filled drama. I don't know why it hasn't been shown much as a repeat or made into a film for the big-screen. Anthony Geary, Shelley Hack, Ian Abercrombie, and Tom Mason, add much life and depth to their characters.

As stated on the Anthony Geary website

"The movie opens with a tuxedo-clad man trying to get his expensive car to start in a bad part of town. When accosted by several local thugs, the man fights them all to the ground, fixes his car with one twist of a switch, wipes his hands clean, and goes home to his expensive penthouse where he deposits one of the thug's knifes in a drawer already filled with brass knuckles, knives, and the like.

Cut to Maggie, a University English professor. She rides a motorcycle, pets mean dogs, and is currently dodging an offer of marriage from her boyfriend. It's clear she likes her thrills and he doesn't, and when Maggie goes skydiving she attracts the attention of a man who also likes his thrills--Martin Cheevers, the man in the opening. He leaves her two single roses and meets her in the parking lot with a third. He takes her to dinner, dancing, and drinks, and then on a chase from the police. It turns out he called in his own car as stolen. She's smitten, of course, and leaves her boyfriend for Martin.

They have sex in elevators, they stand at the top of half-built buildings, and they fish for coins out of a snake's basket. Everyone warns her about him, but even when he holds her hands so she can't pull her rip cord until the last minute, he can charm his way around her fears. Finally, though, they break into a jewelry store just to try to beat the security system and Martin ends up killing a guard. She thinks they should turn themselves in, but Martin has one last game in mind. It seems he didn't turn off the video surveillance camera after all, and she's conveniently the only one on the tape. He tells her the original is in a strong box on Alcatraz Island and she has until the first tour group gets there in the morning to retrieve it. In the meantime, he'll be hunting...her.

A huge chase scene ensues in which the boyfriend gets shot trying to help her and she realizes that everywhere she turns Martin's paid people off to help him on the hunt (my favorite part is when she escapes from a police car by lighting a fire with her nail polish remover). When they finally get to Alcatraz, Maggie first knocks him out then dodges as he lunges at her, causing him to fall over a cliff to his death. That's after she finds the note telling her that was the original tape and there are no copies of the video. Just a game."


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