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The Cool Surface (1993)

R | | Thriller | 13 April 1994 (UK)
A writer returns to Hollywood after finishing his novel in the wilderness. Still smarting from his girlfriend's suicide and his publisher's criticisms of his novel, he becomes intrigued by ... See full summary »

Director:

Erik Greenberg Anjou (as Erik Anjou)

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Erik Greenberg Anjou (as Erik Anjou)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Patrick ... Jarvis Scott
Steve Tyler Steve Tyler ... Bob 'Beast' Stevenson (as Steven Tyler)
Teri Hatcher ... Dani Payson
Cyril O'Reilly ... Gary / Eric
Matt McCoy ... Chazz Stone
Shannon Fopeano ... Jeanne (as Shannon Dobson Fopeano)
Ian Buchanan ... Terrence
Howard Spiegel Howard Spiegel ... Michael
Cassian Elwes ... Minion #1
Saul Janson Saul Janson ... Minion #2
Lisa Marie Kurbikoff ... Partygoer
David Niven Jr. ... Peeping Tom
Anthony Pena ... Policeman #1
Rolf Englehardt Rolf Englehardt ... Policeman #2
Brian Hayes Currie ... Policeman #3 (as Brian Currie)
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A writer returns to Hollywood after finishing his novel in the wilderness. Still smarting from his girlfriend's suicide and his publisher's criticisms of his novel, he becomes intrigued by the neighbor couple's abusive relationship. Eventually he intervenes and becomes involved with the girl, basing a new book on their increasingly violent relationship sparked by his insane jealousy of her friends and her acting career. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuego en la piel See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Eden West Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Directorial debut of writer Erik Greenberg Anjou. See more »

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The Cool Surface Is Pretty Cool
16 February 1999 | by corvus-3See all my reviews

Fantasies pose as realities in this film of double personalities double crossing themselves. When aspiring "too soft" writer meets sexy actress next door, he rises with inspiration as she plays great reach-withdraw games to keep him creative. But when the writer's screenplay gets bought, intent, motivation, and fantasy all meld into one, big potboiler. The beasts of lust, greed, and ambition surface within the characters, souring to a conclusion.

Some pretty talented people cut their teeth on juicy, B-characters and seedy situations in this film. Namely, Teri Hatcher, Robert Patrick, and the writer-director, Erik Anjou. There is even a possible subtextual argument on the dangers of secondary experience supplanting primary experience. It also goes out of its way to damn Capitalism A La Hollywood. After all, the screen writer is merely making his material saleable. It's not his fault that he can only write about what he experiences.

All in all, this is quite a respectable entry into the late-night Cable Hell of the Sleaze-B, Thriller genre.


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