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An architect witnesses a brutal murder in a small Texas town.

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28 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Faye Dunaway sees a murder in a small town
11 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Silhouette" (1990) is a minor neo-noir thriller, listed by critic John Grant in his tome on noir films. This one has the distinction of being associated with Faye Dunaway, who co-produced and stars. The movie gives her an opportunity to go from a cool lady to an emotional near-victim to a strong woman. Dunaway gets to over-act at least once. She's stranded in a small New Mexico town when her windshield gets broken. She promptly witnesses a murder at a distance, seeing only the silhouette of the killer, clearly a man. The next day, the victim shows up in a trash barrel of a garage. Eventually, the murderer targets Dunaway.

At one point in the story, the victim's brother, a stereotyped hot-headed Mexican-American with a big chip on his shoulder, breaks into the jail to kill Dunaway. She's in there for protection after an attempt on her life. This scene was well-acted but strictly childish and demeaning to Hispanics.

The story has some plot faults wherein actions are quite unreasonable. The murder, for example, is done in front of an unshaded partly-lit window that can be seen from the street. There is no explanation of how the murderer was able to clean up the room and remove the body. There are other issues that can't be mentioned without spoiling the story.

The movie is more like a 4 or 4.5. It breaks no new ground in terms of neo-noir. It hardly stirs up any old ground.


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