Sketch Artist (1992)
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Pretty decent murder mystery that is raised above the TV quality level by a rather great cast. The characters and performances certainly save the plot from stalling as i'm sure it would without them. A far better watch than your average TV mystery and worth a watch.
Sketch Artist (1992) Jack Whitfield (Jeff Fahey) is a down on his luck sketch artist for the L.A. police department. He doesn't use the computer or those little transparency flippy things, but draws on paper using colored pencils while he talks with the witnesses. With the reluctant help of a courier, Daisy Drew (Drew Barrymore) who bumps into a woman before discovering a murdered fashion designer, Jack finds that he's drawing a perfect likeness of his Wife, Rayanne (Sean Young). He hides this drawing making a different one that ironically looks just like another suspect. He's further altering other evidence that can point to his Wife, but now he's resolved to try to solve the murder himself, but when Daisy is found murdered, he's finding that he's becoming more of a suspect himself. It was great seeing some actors back when they were very young. One of the detectives, Sturges is played by a very young Mark Boone Jr. as well as Frank McRae who is playing Detective Milon, Jack's only friend on the force. Another detective, Jimmy was played by the asian actor, Ric Young. Finally, Lieutenant Tonelli (James Tolkan) was a little over the top as the chief, barking out orders. This made for cable movie is a dark erotic noir drama. It has a great bluesy sound track, but it's sort of slow-moving and frankly kind of predictable. Not a total waste of your time seeing it on cable, but not really worth renting.
Not a bad sexy thriller of a police sketch artist whose rendition of a murder suspect - concocted from a description given by a briefly seen Drew Barrymore - turns out to be the spitting image of his wife.
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