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Shooting Elizabeth (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Thriller | 18 November 1992 (USA)
An American executive living in Europe plots to murder his judgmentally, callous wife, only to get accused of actually murdering her when she disappears after leaving him over his own neurotic behavior.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Pigeon
Elizabeth Pigeon
Charlie the Dentist
Angelo (as Simon Andreu)
Jose (as Fernando Guillen Cuervo)
Cristina Higueras ...
Father Chu
Alberto Jiménez ...
Man (as Alberto Jimenez Arias)
Santiago Álvarez ...
Accountant (as Santiago Alvarez)
Sebastian (as Audi Ferran)
Pillow Mint Maid
Ricard Borràs ...
Father (as Ricard Borras)
Juan (as Jose Conde Cid)
Sara Fernández ...
Waitress (as Sara Fernandez)


Mineral water executive Harold Pigeon (Jeff Goldblum) decides to kill off his wife Elizabeth (Mimi Rogers). The plot follows a well worn path. Will he go through with it? Will she walk out anyway? Will he get arrested and tried for a crime he planned but might not have committed? Written by <robin@m2.man.ph.ac.uk>

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18 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Dupla Explosiva  »

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Goldblum makes it watchable
21 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tired of 13 difficult years with his wife Elizabeth, water company executive Howard Pigeon plans her murder on their second honeymoon. However on the day he has planned the deed she disappears leaving him a Dear John note. However the police suspect that he has killed her and begin to put together enough evidence for a trial.

A silly plot is set out – but it's done with energy and that saves it. The first half is Howard plotting and the second half is him trapped in a web. The ending is a bit too tidy but it's quite sweet – bare in mind you'll have stopped looking for realism by the final scene. The thing that put me off is that it's set in Spain but it isn't used well at all – it feels like a cheap UK movie with the mix of accents and cheapish sets etc.

What saves the movie is Jeff Goldblum – although he only saves it if you like his brand of nervous Jewish tick stuff, you know, like he does in every film. He is funny and he is right out there in terms of overplaying every part of his character. Without him this would not be worth watching. Rogers isn't any good – and isn't in it too much and the mainly Spainish cast are not very funny either. Only a cameo by the great Burt Kwouk takes the eye of Goldblum.

Overall this is silly and feels cheap but Goldblum is great (unless you hate him) and he makes it worth watching.

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