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Mike's Murder
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by Jack Sommersby

"A Criminally Underrated Film"
5 stars

Debra Winger's career has pretty much bottomed-out, but take a look back to this splendid 1984 film and you'll be reminded of her raw, galvanizing talent.

James Bridges' Mike's Murder works as both a touching character study and a nerve-jangling thriller with such assuredness that you feel like giving it a big round of applause afterward. It's that good. Bridges, who wrote the screenplay and directed, has taken what would seem to be a run-of-the-mill story -- a lonely bank teller delving into the mystery behind her occasional lover's drug dealing-related death -- and developed it with tactful intelligence. Rarely has the Los Angeles drug underworld been depicted with such harrowing conviction: the constant paranoia amid the blinding L.A. sunlight suggests an impending doom that's lucidly clear and inevitable -- it's the unseen threat coupled with the knowledge that a supplier you're dumb enough to rip off will eventually get ahold of you that's as menacing as any chainsaw-wielding henchman a la Scarface. The film is ultimately about the consequences of self-delusion: the teller's in her hope for a substantial life with a handsome, irresponsible loser; and the dealer's in his submergence in illegality with little regard for the consequences. Maturely written, exceptionally textured, and marvelously acted (especially by star Debra Winger), Mike's Murder is a small masterpiece worthy of rediscovery.

Due to video stores constantly liquidating their older titles, this is a pretty tough title to come across, but it'll be worth the effort to find.

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originally posted: 03/22/06 17:31:08
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User Comments

12/15/08 lee chew as www.trailertrashers.net states above, this is a haunting film that has stayed with me. 5 stars
6/01/08 Silvanus Slaughter A classic! Too bad the studio recut it twice 5 stars
3/06/08 LES LE GEAR THE PLOT IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF A TENNIS BUM NAMED MIKE FROM BUFFALO WHO MOVED TO LA 4 stars
7/31/07 MrTregs Whu isn't this film on DVD and Stroker Ace is??!! 5 stars
5/10/07 www.trailertrashers.net A film that still haunts me over 20yrs later! Never has a film captured the ennui of LA lik 5 stars
4/20/07 Andrew Wonderful film - up there with Cutter's Way as one of the most overlooked films of the 80s 5 stars
8/07/05 SkippyDevereaux Love this film!! 5 stars
12/05/04 Steven Gallanter One of the very best movies about cocaine's place in the 80's. 5 stars
7/27/04 Steven Gallanter Overlooked gem 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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