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Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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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When Vernon Hightower (Jeff Bridges) is crawling across the wooden ladder to another roof and catches the rope thrown by Nadine Hightower (Kim Basinger) after being shaken off it by his pursuers, he swings down and into and through a window directly underneath the ladder. The only problem is, his trajectory is clearly carrying him so that his legs will hit the wall below the window but his upper body will hit the window, and the camera cuts away a fraction of a second before he hits and then switches to inside that room and he comes crashing through the window with his entire body fitting nicely through the window. See more »
[referring to the wrecking yard where he's holding Vernon and Nadine]
This place looks like pure-D dog shit, don't it? You may not think it, but there's enough explosives here... if you put a little gasoline in the right place, light a match at the wrong time... this dump would go up like a Roman candle. There'd be no way they'd ever find your bodies.
[to his henchmen]
Take them on in and shoot them.
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Okay, so this movie didn't do great when it came out in the late eighties. I think it was because it was set in another era. But I happen to think this is one of those movies that once you've seen it, it stays with you. The plot is predictable, the action is a little on the slow side, and it veers off funny a few times. However, that being said, Kim Basinger single handedly MAKES this movie. Don't get me wrong Jeff Bridges does a great job too, but it's Nadine that gives the movie it's spark and it's wittiest moments. Basinger is picture perfect because YES, she is beautiful, but she REALLy inhabits the dialogue and her character. She acts beautifully and really seems to be having a great time. My favorite two scenes are when Vernon and Nadine are driving to the photography studio and later when they are alone in his trailer. The scene in the car is all about dialogue and establishing who these two are to each other and it's done amazingly well in a short time. Basinger's dialect alone will make you laugh. "I don't know Vernon, she look a little on the chubby side to be Pecan Queen" and "You know me Vernon, they don't bother me, I don't bother them". She's referring to her spark plugs. I don't know why, but I LOVE her in this scene. It's just seems effortless. And the scene in his trailer, where they are too close for comfort and it starts rekindling that old flame. Chemistry is amazing in this scene, like they can barely exist near each other.
I highly recommend watching this some night, where you don't have to be up doing laundry or dusting your knick knacks. Pop some popcorn and give this one a chance.
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