A crooked American businessman tries to push the shady influential owner of a nightclub in Newcastle, England to sell him the club. The club's new employee and the American's ex lover fall in love and inadvertently stir the pot.


Mike Figgis


Mike Figgis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Kate
Tommy Lee Jones ... Cosmo
Sting ... Finney
Sean Bean ... Brendan
James Cosmo ... Tony
Mark Long Mark Long ... Patrick
Brian Lewis Brian Lewis ... Jim
Ying Tong John Ying Tong John ... 1st Heavy
Mick Hamer Mick Hamer ... Pianist
Ian Hinchcliffe Ian Hinchcliffe ... Man at Record Shop
Andrzej Borkowski Andrzej Borkowski ... Andrej
Caroline Hutchison Caroline Hutchison ... Finney's Secretary Jean
Les Wilde Les Wilde ... Customs Officer
Desmond Gill Desmond Gill ... Man in Airport Lounge
Benny Graham Benny Graham ... Passport Officer


Brendan takes a job as janitor for Finney, who runs a jazz nightclub in the Northern English city of Newcastle. But Finney is being pressured to sell his club, and Brendan soon provides non-janitorial services to Finney. Soon his rival's American boss Cosmo comes to town, while Brendan begins to fall in love with Kate, an escort working for Cosmo. Written by Reid Gagle

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The Most Dangerous Choices Are Made With The Heart


Crime | Drama | Music | Romance


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Melanie Griffith's character Kate says that she is from New Ulm, Minnesota, which happens to be the birthplace of her real-life mother, actress Tippi Hedren. See more »


When Brendan and Kate were on a date, she tells him she was from New Ulm, Minnesota. He then remarks that she must be Norwegian. In fact, New Ulm was founded by German immigrants, and New Ulm, Minnesota gets its name from Neu Ulm, Bavaria, Germany. See more »


Brendan: Did you mean what you said?
Kate: What did I say?
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References French Connection II (1975) See more »


The Thrill Is Gone
Performed by B.B. King
Written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell (as Rick Ravon Darnell)
Published by Sound of Lucille and Powerforce
Courtesy of MCA Records
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jazzy Brit noir
6 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Brendan (Sean Bean) gets a job at a jazz club working for Finney (Sting) in England. Corrupt Texan businessman Francis Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones) recruits escort Kate (Melanie Griffith) for a mysterious job. He arrives in town trying to buy up the area including the club. Brendan starts going out with Kate who is a waitress at a restaurant. Finney turns out to have a darker side with a criminal past.

The first half is a bit of a muddle keeping some central mysteries. It does go down some good dark noir alleys. There is plenty of jazzy brass music. It's rainy and moody. I guess the plot can be seen as a bit jazzy. These are interesting characters. I would like the story to be clearer.

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English | Polish

Release Date:

May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stormy Monday See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,734, 24 April 1988

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