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6.3
/10
53 Ratings

Best Seller

Directed by John Flynn
United States, 1987
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Dennis Meechum is a cop who can write — lurid crime novels, that is. But when his own wife succumbs to cancer, Meechum suffers a chronic case of writer’s block.

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Best Seller Directed by John Flynn

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Male Lead

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture

Viennale

2010

Critics reviews

Second viewing, first in >20 years, newfound appreciation – maybe because the young, lean and dangerous James Woods is easier to appreciate now, when we no longer take him for granted. The character isn’t soft-pedalled (it’s a shocking moment in the photo booth, when he cuts the throat of the traitorous cabbie) but Woods’ charisma is irresistible.
November 15, 2014
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While it may not add up to anything very profound, this paranoid thriller is put together with so much craft and economy that a significant part of its pleasure is seeing how tightly and cleanly every sequence is hammered into place. . . . This is first-class action storytelling stripped to its essentials: no shot is held any longer than is needed to make its narrative point, and the streamlining makes for a bumpless ride.
September 25, 1987
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