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Night Game (1989)

A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins.

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Mike Seaver
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Roxy
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Witty
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Nelson
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Broussard
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Alma
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Mendoza
Alex Morris ...
Gries
Matt Carlson ...
Diddee
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Epps
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Sil Baretto
Michelle Cochran ...
Cindy Baretto
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Baseball Announcer
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Color Man
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Blonde #1 (Loretta Akers)
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A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins.

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STRIKE ONE - there's a killer on the loose... STRIKE TWO - you never know where he'll strike next... STRIKE THREE - too late. See more »

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15 September 1989 (USA)  »

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$337,812 (USA)
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When Mike stands Roxy up at the movie theater, the two movies advertised on the marquee are Full Moon in Blue Water (1988) directed by Peter Masterson and Kansas (1988) written by Spencer Eastman - the director and writer of Night Game (1989). See more »

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References Tales from the Crypt (1972) See more »

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A passable time waster.
10 May 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Roy Scheider plays Mike Seaver, a Texas police detective (and former ballplayer) who picks up the trail of a serial killer in this very pedestrian thriller. The hook here is that the killers' attacks are tied in to night games at the Houston Astrodome. Roy's impending marriage to the much younger Roxy (Karen Young) forms a subplot, as does Roy's vendetta against a fellow detective, Broussard (Paul Gleason) whom he believes to be corrupt.

A rock solid cast does the best that it can with this routine script by Spencer Eastman and Anthony Palmer. (Palmer also plays the supporting role of Mendoza.) Peter Masterson is a good director, and the movie isn't incompetently made, but it's of no real distinction. It's pretty predictable, although it might hold the attention of some viewers because of its brutal murders, location filming, and fine performances. It's gorgeously shot by Fred Murphy, and the score by Pino Donaggio is okay but it's definitely not as memorable as the scores he composed for features such as "Carrie", "Piranha", "Dressed to Kill", and "The Howling". Pacing is mostly decent, but the movie is just not that exciting, even in its final act when Seaver realizes who the killer is and races to prevent them from committing another murder.

Scheider is fine as always in the lead, even not having that much to work with. Young is radiant and appealing as his love interest. Gleason is amusing in one of his typical jerk roles, and Richard Bradford glowers and rants adequately as Scheiders' commanding officer. Lane Smith is rather wasted as a government man named Witty. Carlin Glynn (Mastersons' wife) plays Scheiders' domineering future mother-in-law; Rex Linn of 'CSI: Miami' makes one of his earliest feature film appearances.

This is watchable enough but completely forgettable once it's over.

Five out of 10.


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