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The Beneficiary (1997)

A man and woman detective team investigate the murder of a corporate president, but because the deceased was a friend of the male detective, he is reluctant to believe the signs that point ... See full summary »

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A man and woman detective team investigate the murder of a corporate president, but because the deceased was a friend of the male detective, he is reluctant to believe the signs that point to the widow as the killer. Still, the team take turns watching her movements, but during the male detective's turn, his past friendship with the deceased gradually allows him access to the suspected widow, and it isn't long before they're in bed together. But when he discovers that she's the beneficiary to millions that had been meant for her husband, the detective is moved in ways quite unpredictable. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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3 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Smirks All Around
8 February 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

No, it ain't "Body Heat", or even "Double Indemnity", but it is a viewable femme fatal vehicle, although it borrows from the above-mentioned films, and even a little from "The Last Seduction".

With the exception of a heavy-handed soundtrack, the production value is appropriately murky as the plot twists back on itself.

All bases get covered by the time the deceiver gets deceived, and its only weak moment is when the filmmakers tag on a bogus "hope" ending.

A good watch. Not outrageous, but it'll leave you with a smirk.


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