Thursday, April 18, 2013

1984 - MIKE'S MURDER, forgotten 80's thriller

Mike's Murder is a supposedly undiscovered and unappreciated film from the 1980's.  The film was written for the actor Debra Winger by the director James Bridges.  The film got reasonably good reviews but was dumped by Warner Brothers studio. 

The story is about a bank teller (played by Winger) and her relationship with her sometimes boyfriend Mike, a tennis instructor and small time cocaine dealer.  After Mike is killed, Winger attempts to find out what happened to him. 

The film has a nice feeling for Los Angeles.  Winger is very good if kind of subdued.  The mystery surrounding Mike is fairly interesting.  This is a good little thriller but nothing really out of the ordinary.

The film can probably be remembered as one of the few leading parts Debra Winger got while she was on a hot streak for about 4 or 5 years during the 1980's.  Winger was an interesting actress who couldn't sustain her career. 

109 minutes

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