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Palais Royale (Smoke Screen) (Smokescreen) (1988)





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Gerald (Matt Craven) is a country boy who takes a job in Toronto as a bookkeeper for an advertising agency. He hopes to someday launch his own successful ad campaigns and daydreams about the beautiful model on the billboard outside his office window. Gerald meets the model Odessa (Kim Catrall) and follows her to the Palais Royale nightclub. He soon learns Odessa is controlled by mobsters led by Dattilico (Dean Stockwell), the crime boss who is trying to go legit in this uneven feature that is a misfired attempt at post-noir drama. Comedy passages are uninspired. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Kim Cattrall
as Odessa Muldoon
Matt Craven
as Gerald Price
Kim Coates
as Tony Dicarlo
Dean Stockwell
as Michael Dattalico
Michael Hogan
as Sgt. Leonard
Sean Hewitt (II)
as Mr. Gillis
Helen Hughes
as Mrs. McDermott
Andrea Mann
as Shirley
Elizabeth Leslie
as Receptionist
Elizabeth Walker
as Dattalico's Girlfrie...
Dee McCaffrey
as Officer Nichol
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From the very start this film is interesting, captivating. However, half way through it gets tiresome. Get to the point, I yelled at the silver screen. If you like slow, romance drama, then this is your boat.

Gerald Price (Matt Craven) is a lowly clerk at an ad agency and tired of being low man on the totem pole. When he meets the girl of his daydreams, model Odessa Muldoon (Kim Cattral), she gets him involved with a mob leader, her boyfriend Tony DiCarlo (Kim Coates).

The real problems with this film for me is that 1) the cast is unknown to me. 2) The story is not credible.

The first issue is common and we have all faced this difficulty. The second is this: A guy sees a cigarette ad and becomes a huge stalker of the woman who he accidentally meets on the street. Thats the kicker. On the street.

Holy Jesus! Can you imagine being infatuated with some gal/guy on a billboard and then meeting them on the street?
Whats up with that? Well, thats not the half of it. While it is true that you can stick your neck out and get associated with creeps..... thats as far as this movie is reality based.

This Canadian director has done a film here that emulates all the film noir stereotypes. The naive guy that thinks some beauty is for the having (like me in Casablanca). Actually I think many films made since Casablanca are very derivative. They all go back to a chump that gets a loaded dame in his lap only to find out she's connected with some goon (or in my case, a celebrity of sorts).

Been there done that. Anyway, I digress. The point is that this film could have been made by the great Sorcesse if I didn't know better.... I mean the way it is shot and paced. Very noir enhanced.

For that I give this a 70% rating. Thats not bad considering it had no star power in it as far as I know.

Kim Cattrall
Matt Craven
Kim Coates
Brian George
Michael Hogan
Dean Stockwell (veteran actor)

Art Director: Reuben Freed
Associate Producer: Joann McIntyre
Cinematographer: Brenton Spencer
Composer: Lawrence Shragge
Composer: Jonathan Goldsmith
Director: Martin Lavut (Canadian director)
Editor: M.S. Martin
Executive Producer: David Daniels
Executive Producer: Steven Levitan
Executive Producer: Lawrence Zack
Line Producer: Duane Howard
Producer: David Daniels
Producer: Lawrence Zack
Production Designer: Reuben Freed
Screenplay: Hugh Graham
Screenplay: David Daniels
Screenplay: Joann McIntyre
Screenplay: Lawrence Zack
Set Decorator : Elinor Rose Galbraith
Story by: Hugh Graham

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