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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.

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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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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 »


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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

Gross USA:

$8,220,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Red suggested Jamie Lee Curtis for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

In the final shootout between Megan and Eugene, he has an unlimited number of bullets. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Hunt: Death is the best kick of all. That's why they save it for last.
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Potentially Interesting Premise, Terribly Handled
7 April 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

I had been wanting to see Blue Steel for a long time, since I was a teenager. I had seen a commercial for a showing on the weekend late night movie, but had chosen to watch SNL instead because some actress was hosting.

I rented it over ten years later, and was in for a profound disappointment. Although it had a stolen gun premise that has made for such great films as Stray Dog, it suffers from horrible execution.

Although it has some decently directed action scenes, Blue Steel suffers from an abysmal, genuinely stupid script. The stupidity sets in from the very beginning, with a major plot hole being the basis of the entire film. The lapses in logic continue throughout the film, cumulating to sink any verisimilitude the film might have had.

Compounding the failures of logic in the script is the mediocre acting. Jaime Lee Curtis is unconvincing as a rookie police officer, while Clancy Brown lacks charisma as the homicide detective paired with her. Although the late Ron Silver has some chilling moments as the psychotic murderer, he at times succumbs to overacting. His scenes on the Stock Exchange floor are laugh inducing.

The film does benefit from good direction and photography. The viewer definitely gets a preview of the skills that would win Kathryn Bigelow a Best Picture Oscar. What a pity those skills had to be saddled on a piece of junk like this.


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