Young heiress Olivia Lawrence seems to have them all: good-breeding and a two-hundred-million-dollar fortune. But behind the serene façade of her Easthampton seaside estate, something is missing: passion. Enter Timothy Whalen, the young sailing instructor and playboy who isn't ashamed of sleeping with his boss' insatiable wife or social climbing for sport. And when he sets his sights on Olivia, she falls under the spell of this handsome stranger, unaware that he has his eye on more than just his beauty - and his mind on something unimaginable. When the two run into a problem the local policeman, who happens to be a childhood friend of Olivia's, seems to be turning a blind eye to incriminating evidence.Written by
A TV version exists where there is a much longer conversation between Tim Whalen (Rob Lowe) and Brooke Morrison (Kim Cattrall) in bed in which they discuss her numerous affairs with other men. Secondly, Olivia Lawrence (Meg Tilly) discusses with Tim about their past summer before they met. This scene is in her Manhattan apartment either before or after Olivia's meeting with her attorneys. Thirdly, Olivia approaches Tim overlooking the window and starts to kiss him passionately. See more »
I liked it. Setting and script are interesting, though not always especially original-- some of the plot twists seem to be thrown in because the story starts to lag. There is one fairly steamy sex scene between Lowe and Tilly, from the days when audiences liked sex scenes that didn't look like rape scenes.
As in so many films since the 1960s, the acting is so technically skilled and low-key it can fool an audience into thinking it's not acting at all...until they see the same actors playing totally different roles in other movies. Tilly is just superb; you don't see her at all, you just see the shy heiress. Even pretty-boy Lowe is believable in an absurd role that must have been hard to play (among other things, in his opening love scene, he hides the family jewels behind a door with a slick little move). Cattrall, in a small part, is excellent-- her sloppy character just seems to have turned up. And Glover (with messed-up Caesar hairdo) is his usual effectively spooky self as the villain. Delaney doesn't have a lot to do but she's loose and convincing whenever she's on.
You can tell this one was written for the screen by the name the writer chose for the heiress: "Olivia Lawrence".
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