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Dead in the Water (1991)

Prominent lawyer Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important, prosperous law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to... See full summary »

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Bill Condon

Writers:

Harry Whittington (novel), Eleanor Gaver (teleplay) (as Eleanor E. Gaver) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Charlie Deegan
Teri Hatcher ... Laura Stewart
Anne De Salvo ... Olivia Deegan (as Anne DeSalvo)
Veronica Cartwright ... Victoria Haines
Seymour Cassel ... Lt. Frank Vaness
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Lou Rescetti
Anna Levine ... Edie Meyers (as Anna Thomson)
Ron Karabatsos ... Mike Welch
Daniel Reichert Daniel Reichert ... Jack Homelin
Tim Haldeman ... Prosecutor
Tom Wright ... Hotel Clerk
Ralph Oliver Ralph Oliver ... Trial Judge
Eric Christmas ... Judge Griffin
Michael Kaufman Michael Kaufman ... Neurosurgeon
C.H. Evans C.H. Evans ... Lodge Manager
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Prominent lawyer Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important, prosperous law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose father made all the wealth and all the power, is living and berating him at every opportunity and that greatly upsets Charlie. So when his lover, Laura, jokingly suggests that they get rid of Olivia, Charlie thinks, being a successful lawyer, that he can actually create a fool-proof plan. In this plan, he must incorporate a socialite named Victoria whom he detests, but she can help him get into the court and be part of the plan for Olivia. But dreams of judgeship, money and Laura makes him proceed. However, things never turn out as planned and he may not be as smart as he considers himself. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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When it comes to murder, nobody's perfect.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der perfekte Mord See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Charlie Deegan: I'd stick this pencil through my eye before I'd touch a hair on her head.
Jack Homelin: Justice should be blind, Mr. Homelin, not the Defendant.
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Referenced in Down Memory Lane with Veronica Cartwright (2015) See more »

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In planning to get away with murder you have to reckon with complications, which is the point they always miss.
23 December 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Someone wrote a review with the conclusion that this was terrible in every way, and of course it is, but there is more to it than that. First of all, Bryan Brown is like an Australian Michael Caine, and this would have been a superb part for Michael Caine, as he would have added even more subtility like food for afterhought to it. His case is precarious indeed, as he, although a terribly clever attourney and expert on any way of crime, fails to have learred there is no perfect crime. Still he plans it and thinks he will get away with it, which makes him nothing less than a goof. But that's the intrigue.

There are some women around him, his wife for one, a terrible nightmare of a shrew, and then that secretary, who is only good for sex and carrying around a dark secret to add a bitter aftertaste and aftermath when the time comes, and then there is that terribly vulgar Victoria, whom you learn to hate as much as he does from the beginning, who just wants to eat him up and does it.

It's a noir, but actually a dark humour noir, the twist to the tale is overwhelming in its marvellous way of turning everything the other way and upside down and topsy-turvy, so that the candidates for his murder list tend to multiply for good reasons, resulting in more murders than anyone had bargained for with some serious gunfire as well. You can't have everything, which Bryan Brown evidently thought he could and therefore made a go for it - and gained much more than he ever could have dreamt of, but only for worse, for no good at all, and that's the karmic lesson of this loathsome morality of the wrong people all doing the wrong things.


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