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Mike's Murder (1984)





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An ordinary woman is unwittingly led into California's criminal underbelly in this drama. Betty Parrish (Debra Winger) is a bank teller who is involved in a rather sporadic relationship with Mike (Mark Keyloun), a low-level tennis pro who supplements his income by dealing cocaine on the side. One night, Betty finds herself stood up by Mike and discovers that there's a good reason why he hasn't shown up -- he's been killed. It seems that Mike and his friend Pete (Darrell Larson) were acting as middlemen in a deal for one of the city's major drug suppliers. Mike and Pete made the mistake of siphoning off some of the cocaine for their own purposes (Mike wanted product to sell to his customers, while Pete needed to satisfy his growing addiction to coke), and the dealer's thugs had Mike eliminated rather than allowing him to steal from their boss. Betty and Pete want to find out the truth about how and why Mike was murdered, and their journey leads them into the darkest regions of the Los Angeles underworld. Mike's Murder went through extensive revisions between its first previews and its final release; pop singer and songwriter Joe Jackson, then at the height of his popularity, composed a score for the film, and a soundtrack album of his music appeared in stores several months before the film's belated release. However, by that time much of Jackson's music had been replaced with a new score by John Barry.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Bridges
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 18, 1995
The Ladd Company

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Debra Winger
as Betty Parrish
Dan Shor
as Richard
Gregory Hormel
as Kid Drug Buyer
Lorraine Butler
as Beautiful Girl
John Stewart
as Tough Guy
Víctor Pérez
as Tough Guy
Steven Solberg
as Party Goer
Ken Y. Namba
as Sushi Chef
Ruth Winger
as Betty's Mother
April Ferry
as Boss Lady
Robert Kincaid
as Bodyguard
Kym Malin
as Beautiful Girl
Dawn Abraham
as Beautiful Girl
Rebecca Marder
as Cafe Worker
Bruce Marder
as Cafe Worker
Sarah Zinsser
as Girl in Videotape
Johnny B. Frank
as Blonde Punker
Annie Jones
as Party Goer
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A wonderful performance by Debra Wiinger helps flesh out this intriguing thriller about a missing man.

January 13, 2005
Las Vegas Mercury

an unorthodox thriller that's less concerned with scaring viewers than it is with building a carefully controlled atmosphere of menace... a beautifully evoked, vaguely creepy atmosphere hangs over every scene...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

November 11, 2004
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