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First Degree (1995)

A police detective's personal involvement with a beautiful widow takes a professional turn when she is accused of murdering her husband.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Det. Rick Mallory
... Hadley Pyne
... Amos Turzo
... Rico Perrini
Nadia Capone ... Tina Jernigan
... Alonzo Galeno
... Jacob Sarner
... Lou Matlin
... Andrew Pyne
Pierre Kenneth Cross ... Henri
... Margeaux Pyne
David B. Nichols ... Jason
Falconer Abraham ... Ed Grasic
Gayle Ackroyd ... Gayle, P.I. Secretary
... Joe Galeno
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When prominent businessman Andrew Pyne is found shot in a New York alley, one of the NYPD's best, Rick Mallory, suspects a Galeno Mob hit. When he and his partner, Amos Turzo try to question Pyne's widow, Hadley, they are quickly ushered out by her mother-in-law Margeaux. Later when Rick comes back to search Pyne's apartment, he finds material linking the dead man with Endtook, the Galeno's company. The police raid Joe Galeno's house and find the gun that killed Pyne. Joe Galeno is arrested and Rick returns to the Pyne apartment to tell Hadley. She is very distraught, and as Rick comforts her, they become engaged in an ardent affair. Joe Galeno's cousin, Alonzo, is convinced Joe is innocent. He hires Rico Perrini, Rick's former partner, now a private detective, to work on the case. Rico tracks down Pyne's rumored killer, a low-life thug named Tony Fabian, who confesses that Hadley paid him to kill her husband. Rick is now under suspicion and transferred out of homicide. Rick knows ... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Someone Like Me
written by Michael Zweig
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so derivative you know the whole film, frame by frame, before you see it
10 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I don't mind the same story being told over and over as long as it's well done and well acted.

I do mind when it's something like "First Degree," which is just draggy, filled with swearing to spice it up, and has pretentious music. There was one other problem -- some of the actors thought speaking in almost a whisper would be effective. Yes, you effectively can't hear them with the television up to full volume.

This had a few redeeming qualities having nothing whatsoever to do with the story. The first is that, looking at Rob Lowe, 31 at the time, the movie could have been made last week. I swear this guy bathes in the blood of virgins or something. The second was getting to see Don Francks, an old TV actor, playing a role in this. And the third was seeing another old TV and movie actor, Bret Halsey, in another role.

And that's about it. The story goes like this: A wealthy, prominent New Yorker, Andrew Pyne, is found dead in an alley. The head of the investigation, Rick Mallory (Lowe), believes it to be a mob hit, specifically from the Galeno family.

I'll make this short. Though it looks for all the world like a mob hit, some people aren't convinced. Meanwhile, Mallory and the widow (Leslie Hope) begin an affair. So professional.

The dead man's mother hires an ex-cop to investigate. He finds the hit man, who claims that the widow paid him to kill her husband. Mallory of course is now under suspicion and is taken off the case and out of homicide. But he is convinced that the widow didn't do it, nor did the mobster Galeno (Bret Halsey).

This went right to video, for good reason. I will concede that the ending was good. If you have supersonic ears and you like this sort of film, you may like this.


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