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Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't want to expose their relationship and so is reluctant about talking to the police. Terry, wanting to help, gives the police the description of the attacker. He soon becomes the main suspect in the case. He then sets to find the real rapist/killer with some help from victim Denise.Written by
Sami Al-Taher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Half-cocked Hitchcock, with intriguing ideas and frustrating lapses...
Steve Guttenberg, less offensive than usual, plays a man having an affair with a married woman; when his lover spies an attack on the street from his apartment window she feels the need to report it but doesn't want to give herself away, so he reports it to the police instead, using her description as his eyewitness account. Terrific B-movie premise has most of the markings of a good pulp novel; unfortunately, writer-director Curtis Hanson is too 'classy' for his own good, utilizing a bland, television-like style which hinders the scenario (it could use a bit more grit or sleaze, like a '40s detective magazine, and Hanson is too square). The script has many ingredients for a finely-wrought thriller, but even though the plot is absorbing, it gets more absurd as it progresses. Audiences who find themselves hooked right away probably won't mind much, and Elizabeth McGovern gives her best performance to date as the mugging victim. **1/2 from ****
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