San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires ... See full summary »
Working in an Austin, Texas, beauty parlour in 1954, Nadine Hightower endeavours to retrieve some 'art studies' she injudiciously had taken. Her visit to the photographer leaves him dead and her in possession of highly valuable plans of a proposed new road. With both the police and the murderous villains after her she enlists the help of her (almost) ex-husband Vernon, the none too successful owner of the Bluebonnet Bar. Fortunately the thugs are as much no-hopers as the Hightowers.Written by
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The animal species of reptiles that the villain Buford Pope (Rip Torn) kept were "rattle-snakes" which were nick-named in the movie as "rattlers". See more »
When Kim Basinger is looking through her closet for lingerie, she pulls down a large grey box labeled "Scarborough's". This is an '80's-era shipping box for the former high-end department store, not a '50's-era box. (Scarborough's is now closed). See more »
Well, Mr. Hightower, let's us have a little talk here. I know you're in what they call "financial straits." So why don't you let my boys here set fire to that dump of yours? That way, at least you'll collect on the fire insurance. All you have to do is hand over the map.
I appreciate that, but that won't do me no good now. See, I let the insurance lapse about a month ago.
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I say 'surprisingly' because the rating is so low, I didn't know what to expect.
But it's a delightful little caper movie, driven (as all good movies are) by the performers and a tight script by Robert Benton, not known for his enjoyable caper movies!
Jeff Bridges all but steals the film from a delightful Kim Basinger, and the two of them together set the screen on fire. They are surrounded by some of the best character actors working today, including Rip Torn. As I was watching this I thought how smart Robert Benton is for casting real actors, and having the comedy come out of their behaviour and talent, rather than casting 'wacky comedians' and reducing the story to little bits.
A lot of fun, and worth seeing.
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