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Mike's Murder (1984)

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In L.A., a young woman tries to uncover what led to the brutal murder of her old flame and who killed him.

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James Bridges

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James Bridges
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Winger ... Betty Parrish
Mark Keyloun ... Mike
Darrell Larson ... Pete
Brooke Alderson Brooke Alderson ... Patty
Paul Winfield ... Phillip
Robert Crosson ... Sam
Dan Shor ... Richard (as Daniel Shor)
William Ostrander ... Randy
Gregory Hormel Gregory Hormel ... Kid Drug Buyer
John Stewart ... Tough Guy #1 (as John Michael Stewart)
Víctor Pérez Víctor Pérez ... Tough Guy #2 (as Victor Perez)
Mark Brandon ... Ben (as Mark High)
Ken Y. Namba Ken Y. Namba ... Sushi Chef
Ruth Winger Ruth Winger ... Betty's Mother
April Ferry April Ferry ... Bosslady
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Storyline

Bank teller Betty has a crush on her tennis instructor Mike. They have a one night stand after which he keeps on promising to call, but never does. What she doesn't know is that he is secretly also a small time drug dealer. After his attempt to make a deal on another dealer's turf goes horribly wrong and the dealer threatens him, Mike decides to disappear for three months. He contacts Betty again, but she waits for him in vain as he's killed before they meet. She tries to find out what happened by asking around among his friends, which leads her straight into the underbelly of L.A.'s drug scene, and puts her in grave danger. She also discovers that Mike had one more secret. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The mystery that led her into a world of incredible danger.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Perigoso See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$234,438, 11 March 1984

Gross USA:

$1,059,966

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,059,966
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Skyewiay See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While the film's test screening tested really poorly, Joe Jackson's score was ultimately replaced by John Barry before its new release date in 1984. However in a very strange occurrence, Joe Jackson's rejected score and the songs he wrote and were left in the final film, was released by A&M Records around 1983. This would mark a very rare occurrence in that film that was delayed without a release date would have a soundtrack released beforehand, let alone a rejected score. See more »

Goofs

Mike's cigarette changing of position in between shots during the car scene. First the cigarette is unlit in his mouth but during close-ups on his face the cigarette disappears, and when the camera changes to another position he's holding a half lit cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Philip: You want to know everything? Well, believe me you don't. This was an enforcement killing. I mean they were making a statement.
Betty: What statement?
Philip: Are you the girl with the, uh, C scale out of tune?
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Without You
Written by Pete Ham (uncredited) and Tom Evans (uncredited)
Performed by Chaz Jankel
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Underrated Film Noir
7 October 2005 | by chrisalders-1See all my reviews

My experience with this film differs from some of those who seem to be objecting to both the plot and the cast.

I thought the idea of a 20's something woman who immerses herself in a quasi-relationship with a person on the fringe of society to be interesting. Winger turns in a terrific performance. Part of the human experience or journey is that one encounters difficult moments in one's life - including anticipating relationships one wants desperately to work out.

Betty is in the unfortunate position of having to view Mike from afar as the latter is caught in a nightmarish world of drugs and deceit. I found Mike's drug partner in crime very compelling. One had a real sense of dread and doom as he tried to "make-up" for an irredeemable mistake. Paul Winfield is spot on as the record producer who has also suffered a loss.

All in all, what we have here is a subtle film which is compelling and which a typical focus group would probably pass over. One good example of why film producers and directors should stay away from them and let their artistic visions guide their actions.


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