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Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)

During World War II, an American serviceman in London decides to impress his English girlfriend by acting as an American gangster, which soon turns deadly.

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John Lahr ...
Radio commentator
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Mrs. Evans
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Morry
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Lenny Bexley
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Customer
John Surman ...
Mr. Cook
Janet Dale ...
Mrs. Cook
John Dair ...
John
Stephen Hancock ...
Doctor
Hugh Millais ...
U.S. colonel
Harry Jones ...
Taxi driver
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In World War II London, Karl Hulten is an American serviceman and Betty Jones is an aspiring showgirl. When they meet, passion and desire fuel a dangerous fantasy: he is the big-time gangster named Chicago Joe; she is his glamorous moll. They go for a reckless drive, they steal a fur coat, each time she dares him to take a wilder risk, and each time he proves himself. Until their lust for excitement demands nothing short of going "all the way" - to murder. This is the shocking true story of two strangers who meet, mingle and lack into a dangerous world of their own. Written by Artisan Entertainment

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Attraction drew them together. Compulsion drew them to murder. See more »


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27 July 1990 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,979, 29 July 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,395
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Despite director Bernard Rose's frequent claims during the UK publicity campaign for the film that it was "the greatest British film ever made," the film was not only a major flop but one of the worst reviewed films of the year. See more »


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God Save the King
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Arranged and Performed on cinema organ by Bill Davis
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Not quite good enough to be called mediocre
16 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

I've been watching quite a few ho-hum films lately and this one doesn't quite reach even that status.

We are first assured that this movie is 100% factual, and I guess it came close. I see how the story of a criminal couple on a short crime spree sold tabloid newspapers, but it just didn't make an interesting movie. It aspires to a forties look, but is too ninetiesh for me.

The acting is okay, but no outstanding performances. Directing...well, not very good. Scrept's sorta blah.

There's maybe one good though lurid scene in this and that isn't enough to make sitting through the movie to see.


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