A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.



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On her first day on the job, NYPD officer Megan Turner, the lone officer on the scene, shoots and kills the perpetrator of a supermarket hold-up. Since no gun was found on the perpetrator's person or at the scene and none of the witnesses could corroborate Megan's story definitively that the perpetrator was indeed wielding a gun, she is suspended from active duty. She is quickly albeit temporarily reinstated to the position of homicide detective because the spent shell casing from the bullet used in a subsequent murder had her name carved on it. This murder ends up being only the first in a series. Working on the case with fellow homicide detective Nick Mann, Megan initially has no idea who in her life could be the murderer. In short order, the murderer does show himself to her. He is commodities trader Eugene Hunt who she met immediately following her suspension and who she has since dated. He also implies to her that he was in the supermarket at the time of the hold-up and that he ... Written by Huggo

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For a rookie cop, there's one thing more dangerous than uncovering a killer's fantasy. Becoming it. See more »


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16 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Was originally set to be released by Vestron Pictures and its offshoot label Lightning Pictures but ultimately acquired by MGM due to Vestron's financial problems and eventual bankruptcy at the time. See more »


In the first murder, Eugene fires two rounds into the victim from a revolver, then walks away without ejecting the engraved shell casings later found at the scene. See more »


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Smouldering, knockout thriller
1 December 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Kathryn Bigelow directed three tip top genre films back in the late 80's/early 90's. Underrated masterpiece Strange Days, killer good vampire western Near Dark, and blazing, lurid cop thriller Blue Steel. Forget her films these days, they've dulled out the fire she used to project. It's all about her early work, and this one shows her love for outright brutality and noirish tendencies, no matter what the genre. Jamie Lee Curtis gets down and dirty as a rookie police officer who finds herself in deep, disturbing trouble when a lunatic targets her. A single stop at a gas station turns violent when a loose cannon petty thief (live wire Tom Sizemore in his film debut!) causes trouble, forcing her to shot him stone cold dead. The incident seems to be over, except for one thing: bystander Eugene Hunt (Ron Silver) witnesses the shooting in vivid detail, and something deep in his psyche snaps. He sinks away, and prompted by voices only he can hear, begins to commit murders using Curtis's gun left at the crime scene, even carving her name into the bullets he uses. This causes friction in the department, her job, sanity and personal life as the obsessed Hunt stalks and worms his way into her life with monstrous, psychotic determination. Silver is an actor who's made appearances here and there, always of the sinister variety and always excellent. This is his tour de force, an absolutely terrifying delusional schizophrenic who is fixated on Curtis's character with squirming intimacy. She's left to play cat and mouse with him, and being somewhat inexperienced, falls short of being able to deal with such a person. Help briefly comes in the form of Detective Nick Mann (a snarky Clancy Brown), but it's mostly just her and Hunt, locked in a deadly, bullet strewn tirade or near misses, uncomfortable confrontations and pulpy scenarios. Bigelow is a suspense expert and knows how to stage a tense sequence like no other, this being her most successful foray into tension and release, which is saying a lot when you look at her career. There's a nice bunch of supporting players too, including Louise Fletcher, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Pena, Philip Bosco, Mike Starr and Kevin Dunn. Tou

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