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Blue Steel (1990)

A female rookie in the police force must engage in a cat-and-mouse game with a pistol-wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.

Director:

Kathryn Bigelow

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Megan Turner
Ron Silver ... Eugene Hunt
Clancy Brown ... Nick Mann
Elizabeth Peña ... Tracy Perez (as Elizabeth Pena)
Louise Fletcher ... Shirley Turner
Philip Bosco ... Frank Turner
Kevin Dunn ... Asst. Chief Stanley Hoyt
Richard Jenkins ... Attorney Mel Dawson
Markus Flanagan ... Husband (as Markus Flannagan)
Mary Mara ... Wife
Skipp Lynch Skipp Lynch ... Instructor
Mike Hodge ... Police Commissioner
Mike Starr ... Superintendant
Chris Walker Chris Walker ... Officer Jeff Travers
Tom Sizemore ... Wool Cap
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Storyline

On her first day on the job, NYPD officer Megan Turner, the lone officer on the scene, shoots and kills the perpetrator of a supermarket hold-up. Since no gun was found on the perpetrator's person or at the scene and none of the witnesses could corroborate Megan's story definitively that the perpetrator was indeed wielding a gun, she is suspended from active duty. She is quickly albeit temporarily reinstated to the position of homicide detective because the spent shell casing from the bullet used in a subsequent murder had her name carved on it. This murder ends up being only the first in a series. Working on the case with fellow homicide detective Nick Mann, Megan initially has no idea who in her life could be the murderer. In short order, the murderer does show himself to her. He is commodities trader Eugene Hunt who she met immediately following her suspension and who she has since dated. He also implies to her that he was in the supermarket at the time of the hold-up and that he ... Written by Huggo

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For a rookie cop, there's one thing more dangerous than uncovering a killer's fantasy. Becoming it. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acero azul See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,895,744, 18 March 1990

Gross USA:

$8,217,997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,217,997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was not a box office success. See more »

Goofs

When the killer is in the bathroom near the end of the film, he can clearly be seen to reload his pistol with spent ammunition. Spent cases have an indentation in the primer (the round bit in the middle of the back of the case) which are clearly visible in the rounds used in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Wool Cap: Do you wanna play fucking games? Will play some fucking games!
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it will leave you BLUE...
9 August 2002 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

This is a bit of an oddity. Usually movies are either really good or really bad all the way through. Rarely do I see a film where there are a ton of good moments, but just as many dumb ones. I mean, this film really tries to take cop movies in a different direction in many ways. Example one: our hero cop is female. Example two: our obligatory psycho is a commodities trader(???). Example three: something I've never seen from a movie wacko: he actually hears voices! So many times the killer is without explanation doing what he's doing. But here, Silver actually has extended scenes where he's hearing someone(?) and possibly trying to fight them. It's never explained. Which is where we get into the negative elements, as Silver's motivation isn't fleshed out. Was he a psycho before the early scene shootout? Why is he a nut? We never know, except that he feels a certain power in killing. Plus, even though I appreciated the attempt, his freaky moments of hearing whomever come off a bit silly. But back on the good side he has some very effective moments with Curtis, which mix psychosis and sexualitly nicely. The NYC locations are also well used thanks to some nice cinematographic touches. Ah, alas, we must go back to the junk side, particularly Curtis' cliched superiors. All the typical "My ass in a sling! Mayor's ass in a sling! Chief's ass in a sling!" Or TWO superiors, who in reference to a scene from the beginning, falsely say that Curtis blew the guy's HEAD off. Her shots were grouped in his chest and never at his head. For them to TWICE proclaim otherwise put a big hole in their credibility. Then you have a totally underdeveloped subplot about Curtis father, who is apparently beating her mother. He is rightfully arrested only to be forgiven moments later and back at the house (what is veteran Bosco doing in such a poorly defined roll??). Or how bout when Jamie Lee beds down with a superior...right after the killer has just run off into the night in front of them!!! Tack on an overlong and predictable ending and you have something that started off in the right direction but quickly veered into an NYC pothole.


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