Joe Ross is a rising star. He’s designed a process that will make his company millions. He wants a bonus for this work, but fears his boss will stiff him. He meets a wealthy stranger, Jimmy Dell, and they strike up an off-kilter friendship. When the boss seems to set Ross up to get nothing, he seeks Dell’s help. Then he learns Dell is not what he seems, so he contacts an FBI agent through his tightly-wound assistant, Susan Ricci. The FBI asks him to help entrap Dell. He accepts, a sting is arranged, but suddenly it’s he who’s been conned out of the process and framed for murder. Bewildered and desperate, he enlists Susan’s aid to prove his innocence.
Tag Archives: 1990s
The Cops are Robbers / Good Cops, Bad Cops (1990) Paul Wendkos, Ray Sharkey, Edward Asner, George Kennedy, Crime, Drama
This fun, intriguing action flick tells the tale of a ragtag group of disillusioned Boston police officers who, in 1980, got together and pulled one of the largest bank heists in American history. Ed Asner, James Keach, and George Kennedy star in this 1990 drama, which is based on a fascinating true story.
The lives of Louis (Jordan Chan), a hairdresser women, and transgender “mother” (Law Kar-ying) inevitably change with the arrival of a beautiful orphan who will stay at home (Yasuko Tomita). Aggie wants to be a professional cook, but after the death of her grandmother, falls into a deep depression. With the help of Louis and his mother, begins to understand that life is unpredictable.
Il ladro di bambini / The Stolen Children (1992) Gianni Amelio, Enrico Lo Verso, Valentina Scalici, Giuseppe Ieracitano, Drama
Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the relation between Antonio and the children is tough, but it relaxes so they become temporary friends.
L’assedio / Besieged (1998) Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, Bernardo Bertolucci, Drama, Romance
When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, gifts, and music, declaring passionately that he loves her, would go to Africa with her, would do anything for her. “What do you know of Africa?,” she asks, then, in anguish, shouts, “Get my husband out of jail!” The rest of the film plays out the implications of this scene and leaves Shandurai with a choice.
Hin helgu vé / Pojkdrömmar / The Sacred Mound (1993) Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, Steinþór Rafn Matthíasson, Alda Sigurðardóttir, Helgi Skúlason, Drama
On a small island in the west of Island, Gestur, only seven years old, falls in love with 20 years old Helga. When she introduces him her fiancée one day, he decides to fight the competitor with traditional Wicking weapons.
After his bike and money gets stolen from him, Lucio struggles to find his place in the surrounding reality of Argentina in the years following the military dictatorship. A slowly told story of adolescence of an outcast and a tribute to the neorealistic classics of the 1950s.
William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family’s home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but during his visit home, he becomes unhinged as the newly remembered reasons for his miserable adolescence come to life in each of their presents.
Death and the Maiden (1994) Roman Polanski, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Paulina Escobar is a political activist whose husband is a prominent lawyer in an unnamed South American country just out of a dictatorship. One day a storm forces her husband to ride home with a neighbor. That chance encounter brings up demons from her past, as she is convinced that the neighbor (Dr. Miranda) was part of the old fascist regime that tortured and raped her, while blindfolded. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth. Paulina is torn between her psychological repressions and somber memory, Gerardo is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past.