Stormy Monday (1988)



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Stormy Monday is a four-person character study in which style is all that matters. This tautly constructed, deftly executed crime thriller is set in economically depressed Newcastle England. Sting plays Finney, a relatively honest Newcastle jazz-club owner who crosses the path of crass American gangster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones). Flaunting his wealth at every opportunity, Cosmo wants to involve Finney in a land development deal -- if only he'll give up his club. Both men are enamored of Kate (Melanie Griffith), who becomes a pawn in their ongoing one-upsmanship. Kate and her lover (Sean Bean) try to prevent Finney from corrupting his own sense of values by wallowing in the gutter with Cosmo. Stormy Monday, the first feature-length directorial effort of former jazz musician Mike Figgis, who also wrote the script and composed the score, tells its story using subtle shadings of character and a vivid evocation of its Newcastle setting rather than through violent action. Figgis's moody direction of his excellent screenplay is quietly effective and brimming with visual nuance and irony -- particularly in its perceptive take on love, money, jazz, and economic necessity.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sean Bean
as Brendan
as Finney
Mark Long
as Patrick
Heathcote Williams
as Peter Reed
Prunella Gee
as Mrs. Finney
Guy Manning
as Hotel Waiter
Al Matthews
as Radio DJ
Caroline Hutchison
as Finney's Secretary Jean
Fiona Sloman
as Hotel Receptionist
Roderic Leigh
as Counciller Perry
Mick Hamer
as Pianist
John Tong Ying
as 1st Heavy
Catherine Chevalier
as Cosmo's Secretary
Clive Curtis
as Cosmo's Bodyguard
Elizabeth Mason
as Waitress
Tony Bluto
as Chef
Keith Edwards
as Barman
Czeslaw Grocholski
as Old Polish Man
Terry Day
as The Krakow Jazz Emsemble
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Critic Reviews for Stormy Monday

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

All visual flash and no script, with comatose performances to boot.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

Mix American gangsters, molls and majorettes with Polish avant-garde jazz musicians against a Newcastle background - and what you've got is a curious homage to B movie Hollywood and the rain-washed neon of the pulps.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Figgis, who is a musician as well as a film maker, brings the place, the plot and the film's haunting characters vibrantly to life. What's more, he makes them irresistibly interesting.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

"Stormy Monday" is about the way light falls on wet pavement stones, and about how a neon sign glows in a darkened doorway.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Jones works his machismo persona into a lather, but it's unclear what he's doing in this movie, so he's more a source of campy fun than menace.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

It is all style and promise, a come-on that keeps on coming on but never satisfies. The Big Tease.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stormy Monday


This crime drama is all about the style, and it delivers in that department, with noir-ish cinematography and jazzy soundtrack that seamlessly blends with the live action. The performances are good (with some interesting casting choices). Unfortunately, it suffers from somewhat thin story, and even though clever/stylish editing partially makes up for that, the character development is severely lacking - we never get to learn enough about any of the characters to really care for them.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

(*** 1/2): [img][/img] A very intriguing noir film. Good cast.


This a strong exercise in mood, atmosphere, and symbolism early in Mike Figgis's career, but the script and performances leave something to be desired.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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