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Nadine (1987)

In 1950s Texas, a woman trying to recover sexy photos of herself and divorce her husband witnesses a murder and uncovers corrupt land dealings.

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Robert Benton

Writer:

Robert Benton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Vernon Hightower
Kim Basinger ... Nadine Hightower
Rip Torn ... Buford Pope
Gwen Verdon ... Vera
Glenne Headly ... Renée Lomax
Jerry Stiller ... Raymond Escobar
Jay Patterson ... Dwight Estes
William Youmans ... Boyd
Gary Grubbs ... Cecil
Mickey Jones ... Floyd
Blue Deckert ... Mountain
Harlan Jordan Harlan Jordan ... Sheriff Rusk
Norman Bennett ... Reverend
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Deacon (as James Harrell)
John William Galt John William Galt ... Officer Lloyd (as John Galt)
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Storyline

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 Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They're a Couple on the Run ... From Each Other. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nadine, un amor a prueba de balas See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,669,831
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lead female role of Nadine Hightower was written by writer-director Robert Benton especially for actress Kim Basinger. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nadine Hightower: Ain't she a little on the cheap side?
Vernon Hightower: Who?
Nadine Hightower: Miss Low-Rent Lust back there.
Vernon Hightower: Renee? Are you kidding? She's got a good job with the Lone Star Beer Company.
Nadine Hightower: She don't look that smart to me.
Vernon Hightower: Well, she's smart enough to work in Accounts Receivable.
Nadine Hightower: I don't know, Vernon. She looks a little on the chubby side to be a pecan queen.
Vernon Hightower: Well, at least she doesn't spend all her time finding fault with me.
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IF YOU'VE GOT THE MONEY, I'VE GOT THE TIME
Written by Jimmy Bech & Lefty Frizzell
Performed by Lefty Frizzell
Courtesy of CBS Records
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couple not that fun
20 May 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1954 Austin, Texas. Nadine Hightower (Kim Basinger) tries to get her 'art studies' back from Escobar who claimed to know Hugh Hefner. He is killed by an unknown assailant and she gets away with what she assumed to be her photos. Instead, the folder contains highly valuable plans of a proposed new road. Her husband Vernon (Jeff Bridges) wants her to sign the divorce papers but she wants his Buick. He owns the useless bar Blue Bonnet and going out with Renée Lomax (Glenne Headly). Both the cops and the bad guy Buford Pope (Rip Torn) are after her. She tricks Vernon to join her as she tries to recover her lost photos. He steals the plans and tries to get money for it.

Jeff Bridges is kind of annoying. It's really his character. Even as a hostage, he's completely brash and arrogant. That rubbed me the wrong way. Their renewed romance is abrupt and forced. Their combo isn't funny and I'm not sure they tried particular hard to be funny. It may help if he doesn't have another woman waiting around. Glenne Headly is as annoying as hell and Kim Basinger screams way too much. It's not even screwball enough to be fun. They keep getting caught by the bad guys but it's like a Bond movie.


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