Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can...
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Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can be elaborately trained as a killer. She gets a new cover identity as saleswoman Claudia Anne Doran. She also finds a house-mate, building super J.P., a broad-minded, gentle photographer. The two fall in love, and that complicates her government assignments. His influence extends to breeding in her a conscience that supplants her violent tendencies and desire to continue work for the agency. Written by
Titles considered for the film were "The Assassin's Heart" and "Sweet Hot Steel". See more »
Bob's recollection of the location of Maggie's plot in the cemetery is inconsistent. He first said "Plot 48, row 12" and later: "Row 48, plot 12" See more »
[does some karate moves and assumes a fighting stance]
I've taken my guard. See if you can hit my face.
[starts to circle the instructor, waving her hands and making sounds like Bruce Lee]
Come on. COme on.
[Maggie continues circling and making the noises and hand motions]
Hit me. Come on. Hit me.
[Puzzled and impatient, the instructor looks away from Maggie, lowering his guard]
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This is a very well done action thriller. Instead of crazy stunts and too much violence - you feel the tension from empathy with the heroine played to perfection by Bridget Fonda. Bridget is slim and elegant and the transformation is quite fun to watch. It's like watching a supermodel action star.
Supporting cast are really well cast. Anne Bancroft makes a brief but memorable appearance. Gabriel Byrne adds some stature. Dermot Mulroney is charming. Harvey Keitel is effectively chilling.
The Nina Simone songs are great background. The score is atmospheric too.
This is a keeper.
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