He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory, circa 1974. Written by
Director Charles Mathau's father Walter Mathau's films are seen advertised outside cinemas several times during the film, including the 1974 The Front Page and The Taking of Pelham 123. See more »
In one scene, Robin holds up the two romance novels she had written ("Ravishing Love" and "The Raging Rape of Savannah"). Between shots, the two books switch places from one hand to the other, even though she had not moved her hands in any way. See more »
Slick, stylish and scatter shot, Charles Matthau's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Freaky Deaky is enjoyable viewing. Though the book that the film was based on was resolutely set in the 1980s, Matthau's adaptation has been shifted into the 1970s, which offers up a whole lot more visual fun in terms of costumes, cars, locations and a nicely garish kitsch look. It features a very strong cast and the story essentially deals with three main sets of characters as they interact, all in the pursuit of easy money. They are cynical ex-bomb squad cop Chris Mankowski (Burke) and beautiful party girl Greta (Sabina Gadecki); super-eccentric long-haired millionaire Woody (Glover) and his loyal-sh driver/confidant Donelle (White), and finally ex-con/femme fatal Robin (Breanne Racano) and her bomb-making boyfriend Skip Gibbs (Slater). A suitably funky 1970sstyle score and slices of smart dialog help push this film into the top echelon of its genre, and I highly recommend it!
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