DVD Movie Review: A Slight Case of Murder
Popular New York film critic, Terry Thorpe (William H. Macy), finds himself in a messy predicament when he accidentally kills his lover during a spat. He immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment without knowing that a private investigator (James Cromwell) has been spying on the woman for her ex-husband. Realizing his opportunity, the investigator launches a plan to blackmail Thorpe.
Meanwhile the police enter the picture and detective (Adam Arkin) targets Thorpe as the chief suspect while also trying to advance his own dreams of becoming a screenwriter. Thorpe's regular girlfriend (Felicity Huffman) becomes suspicious of all the strange activity as Thorpe tries desperately to cover up his own foul play and ward off all the bribing schemers trying to profit from his misfortune.
Editor's Note: A witty tale of betrayal and seduction about the lengths people will go to make it in the movie biz. William H. Macy plays a successful film critic who during a fight with one of his many ladies, accidentally murders her. Upon covering up his crime, he realizes that a private investigator (James Cromwell in a sinister turn) had been following the woman, snooping for her ex-husband. Meanwhile, the chief investigating officer for the police force (played by Adam Arkin) is an aspiring script writer whose wife gets involved with the critic.
Suspicious of his home life, the critic's steady (Felicity Huffman) develops a scheme of her own. With twists at every turn, this made for cable noir is a throwback to the great detective pictures of the '40s. Macy co-authored the script with director Steven Schachter, based on a Donald E. Westlake novel.
Cast: Adam Arkin,
William H. Macy
Director: Steven Schachter
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Critic Quotes and Reviews:
- "A smart comic thriller, beautifully written and acted, especially by William H. Macy." Susan Stewart, TV Guide
- "...a powerhouse of made-for-TV filmmaking...relentlessly entertaining." Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com
- Our Review: The story doesn't wait a minute to attract the audience attention and with its many twists keeps it until the end. Very entertaining film with a classic detectivesque style (the protagonist talks to the audience from time to time) and an unexpected finale.
Format: DVD, Widescreen
Genre: Detective Film / Comedy Thriller
Runtime: 94 minutes
Screen Aspect: Widescreen 1.85:1
Sound Quality: English Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Media Quantity: 1 DVD Disc
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Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures / Turner Home Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: 9/26/2006
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