Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.
When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
Glad to agree with the media reviews in praising a great film from a brilliant female creative team. Really enjoyable on many levels, especially by taking multiple viewpoints and avoiding a partisan telling of what is an astonishing story. The period feel was spot on and the performances exceptional. As someone who was a child at the time I remember watching but cannot believe quite what an outrageous spectacle the pageant was. All the more powerful by being fair. The Morleys were likeable and an equal partnership despite their fixed viewpoints. The Women's Libbers were a mixed group with differing viewpoints and approaches, their conflicts not overlooked (as with Sally's husband and mother's positions). The portrayal of Bob Hope was a treat, especially now I have looked at original footage on You-Tube. Lesley Manville stands out as his long-suffering wife. The double story line of women's libbers and the Apartheid controversy was deftly handled.
It was REALLY entertaining, achieving a difficult balance of presenting a complicated issue with enough toe-curling moments to make you wince but ultimately uplifting and positive. Highly recommended
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