5.3/10
102
3 user 1 critic

Smokescreen (1988)

Palais Royale (original title)
An ad-agency bookkeeper (Matt Craven) follows his billboard dream-girl (Kim Cattrall) to a shady nightclub in 1950s Toronto.

Director:

Writers:

, (original story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A group of adventurers sneak into Cuba to try to recover $1 million in cash that when hidden when Fidel Castro took over in 1959. They find themselves trying to avoid detection by Cuban ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Holzberg
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Daniel J. Travanti, Kim Cattrall
Masquerade (1988)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A recently orphaned millionairess, Olivia, really hates her scheming step-father. Olivia finds love with a young yacht racing captain, Tim, who isn't completely truthful with her. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Swaim
Stars: Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall
City Limits (1984)
Sci-Fi | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

A series of teenage gangs struggle against each other in a not-so-distant future. Eventually they united against an evil corporation, as represented by evil CEO Robby Benson who wants to control everything.

Director: Aaron Lipstadt
Stars: John Stockwell, Darrell Larson, Rae Dawn Chong
Hold-Up (1985)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Arcady
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Kim Cattrall, Guy Marchand
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Driven to drink by his wife's death, a tormented doctor is committed to an experimental rehab.

Director: William H. Molina
Stars: John Savage, Kim Cattrall, Malcolm McDowell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph L. Thomas
Stars: Nick Mancuso, Saul Rubinek, Meg Foster
Turk 182! (1985)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city. At the same time, Mayor Tyler is embroiled in a ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Georgina throws a sleepover party for her friend Jamie, a moderately successful actress, on the night of Jamie's fiancée's bachelor party. Jill, Jamie, Marcy, Rachel, and Georgina have been... See full summary »

Director: Julianna Lavin
Stars: Dana Delany, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Stevenson
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A retired police detective reluctantly returns to action to stop a serial killer dubbed "The Surgeon".

Director: Paul Ziller
Stars: Gary Busey, Kim Cattrall, Darlanne Fluegel
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

It's 1649: Mazarin hires the impoverished D'Artagnan to find the other musketeers: Cromwell has overthrown the English king, so Mazarin fears revolt, particularly from the popular Beaufort.... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Michael York, Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay
Rosebud (1975)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

In a bold coup a Palestinian terrorist group captures the yacht Rosebud and kidnaps the millionaires five daughters on it. At first they demand film clips to be shown on major European TV ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Richard Attenborough, Cliff Gorman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Carlo Liconti
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Lina Sastri, Kim Cattrall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Odessa Muldoon
...
Gerald Price
...
Tony Dicarlo
...
Michael Dattalico
...
Gus
...
Sergeant Leonard
Dee McCafferty ...
Officer Nichol
Victor Ertmanis ...
Sal
Mario Romano ...
Joey
...
Mr. Gillis
Robin McCulloch ...
Rick
David Fox ...
Bob
Helen Hughes ...
Mrs. McDermott
Sam Malkin ...
Sam
...
Dominic (as Henry Alessan)
Edit

Storyline

An ad-agency bookkeeper (Matt Craven) follows his billboard dream-girl (Kim Cattrall) to a shady nightclub in 1950s Toronto.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 February 1990 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Smokescreen  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film debut for director Martin Lavut. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ambition to enter the advertising business lands a Canadian in a film noir labyrinth
20 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was IN this movie, and it still took me by surprise. You might see thirty seconds of me at the drum set in the dance hall. Ric Georgi of The Rainbow Gardens Jazz Orchestra (now dormant) gives a very convincing turn as a gunshot victim (Tall Man). My thanks to Ric for a chance to try my chops as a "special extra".

Matt Craven plays a VERY low-level employee, at an advertising agency in Toronto, who is looking for the Big Idea to launch him into the Big Time. He become obsessed with cigarette-ad model Odessa Malone (Kim Cattrall) and attempts to infiltrate her world to gain her confidence. In the process he becomes enmeshed in some very dubious dealings, indeed. Craven and Catrall get excellent support from Dean Stockwell, Kichjael Hogan, a very frightening Kim Coates and Helen Hughes.

This is a well-crafted film with unexpected quality of direction, editing and sound-track. My high-school class-mate, the late Earl Seymour, created a lush lounge-music score for this film, which makes "the band" look and sound very good, even though it ain't us playing the music! There are plenty of hidden pleasures for historians, as the attention to detail and continuity are amazing. And, if you are looking for a concise definition of the Canadian personality, here it is, except most Canadians don't have QUITE that much kinky sex!


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Smokescreen (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?