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Third Degree Burn (1989)

Scott Weston is a private investigator who is supposedly hired by a rich businessman to determine whether or not his beautiful wife is fooling around behind his back. During the course of ... See full summary »

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Scott Weston
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Anne Scholes
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Clay Reynolds
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Julie Cartwright (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Mary Armstrong ...
Anita Stevens (as Mary J. Armstrong)
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Lomax
Manny Castro ...
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George Catalano ...
Del Routh
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Dan Rourke
David Paul Cutler ...
Rental Car Rep
Robert Daly ...
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Tom Hammond ...
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Gus Levin ...
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William Marquez ...
Gutierrez
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Frank Gaudy
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Scott Weston is a private investigator who is supposedly hired by a rich businessman to determine whether or not his beautiful wife is fooling around behind his back. During the course of his investigation Weston begins his own steamy affair with the wife. The husband then turns up dead and Weston becomes a prime suspect. Did he do it? Has he been set up? Or is he the victim of a third degree burn? Written by Les MacDonald <mcmac@mb.sympatico.ca>

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28 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Great Erotic Thriller... Until the Ending--
28 February 2006 | by (Fort Worth, Texas) – See all my reviews

If you're a fan of the erotic thriller, this one works and works well. Yes, you've seen it before. Yes, there are no surprises. Yes, Virginia Madsen is hot hot hot-- not nearly as psycho as THE HOT SPOT but is dead on contender for the Kim Novak / VERTIGO prize as the cool ice queen with the ability to melt the screen. What a great noir style film, even though it's predictable and clichéd by today's standards. Hell, this was old back when it was made in 1989! Treat Williams plays a private detective set up to take the fall for the murder of Virginia Madsen's wealthy husband. This isn't rocket science, but it is a fun ride. Except-- until you get to the end. No real spoilers here, but the ending plays out in broad daylight, no thrills, no surprises, no tension. Sorry to see that. It almost feels rushed and faked, as if the original ending was too oblique and the producers whipped up this dumb ass replacement at the last minute. It ruined an otherwise decent little thriller.


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