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Back Stab (1990)

An architect goes to bed with a seductive stranger only to awaken beside the corpse of his boss.

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Jim Kaufman (as James Kaufman)

Writer:

Paul Koval
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Brolin ... Cliff Murphy
Dorothée Berryman ... Juliet Powell
Meg Foster ... Sara Rudnick
June Chadwick ... Mrs. Chambers
Brett Halsey ... Ken Updike
Isabelle Truchon Isabelle Truchon ... Jennifer
Robert Morelli Robert Morelli ... Steve Howe
Terrence Labrosse Terrence Labrosse ... Mr. Chambers
Norris Domingue Norris Domingue ... Stanley
Bronwen Mantel Bronwen Mantel ... Judge
James Rae ... Ad Executive
Tom Berry Tom Berry ... Court Clerk
Brian Dooley Brian Dooley ... J.H. the Guard
Robert Ozores Robert Ozores ... Prisoner
Charles S. Doucet Charles S. Doucet ... Cop at Station (as Charles Doucet)
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Cliff Murphy is a lonely widow architect still grieving the death of his wife Anne. On the day the company where he works is sold to Mr. Chambers, a very wealthy man, his co-worker and friend Juliet Powell convinces him to join the other colleagues in a celebration in a bar. He reluctantly goes and he meets the gorgeous Caroline being harassed by a strong blonde guy. He stays with her and they have a hot intercourse in the back seat of her car. On the next day, Caroline calls him in the office and invites him to go to a restaurant. Then, they go in two cars to her house. After some kisses and hugs, Cliff meets Mr. Chambers back stabbed and dead on the bed in the master bedroom. Cliff goes to Juliet's flat and calls Sara Rudnick, a lawyer and former friend of Anne, asking her to defend him. She tells him to turn himself in to the police. He is put in jail and in the preliminary audience for the trial, Caroline is another woman. Cliff's world and defense turns upside down and he finds ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Last night he fell in love with her. Today he's being framed for murder. Only she could save him... And she has disappeared.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Backstab See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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When the bartender hands Juliet her drink and Cliff's, he says "Here's your drinks!", but his lips do not match what he is saying. See more »

Soundtracks

Touch
Written by Daniel Barbe and Marty Simon
Performed by Radar
Courtesy of Polygram Music Publishing Inc.
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A Good Film Neo Noir, But With a Disappointing End
1 January 2004 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

Cliff Murphy (James Brolin) is a lonely widow architect still grieving the death of his wife Anne. On the day the company where he works is sold to Mr. Chambers, a very wealthy man, his co-worker and friend Juliet Powell (Dorithée Berryman) convinces him to join the other colleagues in a celebration in a bar. He reluctantly goes and he meets the gorgeous Caroline (Isabelle Truchon) being harassed by a strong blonde guy. He stays with her and they have a hot intercourse in the back seat of her car. On the next day, Caroline calls him in the office and invites him to go to a restaurant. Then, they go in two cars to her house. After some kisses and hugs, Cliff meets Mr. Chambers back stabbed and dead on the bed in the master bedroom. Cliff goes to Juliet's flat and calls Sara Rudnick (Meg Foster), a lawyer and former friend of Anne, asking her to defend him. She tells him to turn himself in to the police. He is put in jail and in the preliminary audience for the trial, Caroline is another woman. Cliff's world and defense turns upside down and he finds that someone has trapped him. But who?

"Back Stab" is film neo noir with a flawed but attractive unoriginal story that holds the attention of the viewer. There are hot sex, sexy and fatal women, amoral plot, jazz soundtrack, but all of these components of a film noir are wasted, after the second plot point. The screenplay becomes totally absurd and incredible and the conclusion of the story is totally disappointing. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Traição" ("Betrayal")

Note: On 17 October 2016, I saw this film again.


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