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When the New York journalist Jake Bridges catches his girlfriend with another guy, he goes to Atlantic City to drink himself to oblivion. He is saved from a bar brawl by a small-time mobster Frankie, and Jake falls in love with Frankie's girlfriend Melissa. Jake soon also joins Frankie in his money-collecting duties. Written by
A kind of "gangster with a heart of gold", but it works.
This is an enjoyable movie. A supposedly down-and-out writer (Jake, played by William Peterson) who is actually working undercover in order to get some material for a novel gets more than he bargains for. The cops he works for turn out to be as bad as the gangsters he's supposedly trying to get arrested. He gradually befriends one of the gangsters (Frankie, played by Michael Wincott) and much of the plot turns on issues of betrayal, love and friendship. Beautifully shot, well acted...Wincott is particularly fine...and a plot that keeps you wondering what's going to happen. Some pretty violent scenes, so those who don't like violence, keep away.
Even though the movie is shot in color, the lighting reminds you of the great noir genre films of the 50's. Diane Lane plays Melissa, the love interest for both men. The ending is a surprise.
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