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Lara Flynn Boyle
An archaeologist smuggles a valuable ancient jewel into the US. He is soon murdered by people looking for the jewel, but he had hidden it. The killers, believe that his widow knows where the artifact is hidden, go after her.
The man behind The Last Seduction, Red Rock West and Joy Ride got his career off to a decent start with this entertaining neo-noir. Dahl's screenplay is intelligent and amusing, and a terrific cast aids the cause. There's a minimum of annoying 80s trappings--mostly the unavoidable excesses of Talia Balsam's wardrobe--and the film remains interesting throughout, though the denouement is somewhat confusing. But then it is noir, after all!
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