A private eye gets caught up in a one-night stand with a seductive woman, but then realizes when it's all too late that he's been caught up in a tangled web of murder.

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When blonde bombshell Meredith Lake breezes into his office, New York private eye Bob Signorelli can't resist giving her "personal" attention. But their one-night stand becomes a deadly liaison when they are linked to a homicide; and a night of steamy passion snowballs into a marathon of madness and murder... Written by Anonymous

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Joe Mantegna finds trouble in Kelli Maroney
2 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This TV movie appears in John Grant's noir annex. It's a lively and distinctive neo-noir, told in a style that reminds me of the tone of "A Touch of Evil" (1958), although this film is miles away from that work of genius. We are seeing a movie reality, but the tone is somewhat unreal or surreal, as if people were living out a dream, but not a soporific dream, more of a puzzling conjunction of events and characters. The screen images are sometimes enough out-of-kilter or out of the ordinary that they almost become bizarre, and yet the movie doesn't cross the line into being weird. A few of the characters are off-center by enough to add to the atmosphere. This is surely the case with the schizoid woman (Kelli Maroney) who is near the heart of the story and who has had her medication altered by an inimical force.

The jazz score by Gunther Schuller and Joe Luvano adds also to the tone. It's not any straight-out jazz style. Rather, it uses the jazz vocabulary freely to accent the story, in the same way that classical bits and pieces have traditionally been used in Hollywood films; and it does this in a creative way that really works.

Thom Eberhardt wrote and directed the film. Of his other work, I've seen and reviewed "Without A Clue", which is a very good movie comedy indeed. His work here is sound, creative and engaging, and probably limited by the TV origin and budget.

Joe Mantegna stars as a New York private eye who was once a cop. His character's in the Sam Spade tradition, serious but seemingly a touch bemused and possessing a sense of mordant humor. He too is not above going for a client who appeals to him. Mantegna, however, has a boss to satisfy, and he is not hard-boiled. Mantegna is a highly-skilled and hard-working actor who can carry a movie. There's typically something hard to define but interesting in his screen presence that holds our attention. It might be a sense of mystery in his characters, perhaps a sense of vulnerability or sympathy toward others even when a character might be neither. In this film, he transitions from being seducer to protector. Peter Riegert is a police detective with a strong animus toward Mantegna arising from a past incident in which a young child lost her life, this leading to Mantegna's leaving the police force. Riegert is a more straight out kind of actor, his role here calling for an incisive delivery with more than a touch of bitterness and hostility. Kelli Maroney meets the challenge of playing her character in both stable and unstable modes and a good deal in between.

I liked this movie, finding it good, solid, escapist and noir entertainment.


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