Rolling Stone - 09/21/1989
"...A movie that is high-powered, poundingly suspenseful and pistol hot..."
New York Times - 03/16/1990
"...Gripping all the way through....For the audience, it's both a sobering and invigorating experience..."
A rookie female cop kills an armed robber but is suspended from the force when the gunman's weapon is not found. Actually, the weapon has fallen into the hands of a psychotic killer who begins to track down the rookie.
When a psychotic Wall Street broker witnesses rookie cop Megan Turner gunning down an armed robber in a grocery store, he becomes instantly obsessed with her. In the midst of all the swift and sudden violence, he manages to steal the assailant's gun; as a result, the novice cop, who already has more than one strike against her because she's a woman, is suspended for using excessive force and killing an unarmed man. Soon thereafter, the broker arranges a "chance" meeting with the now vulnerable policewoman, and the two strike up a romance. Meanwhile, he is carving her name onto bullets and using the stolen gun to go on a brutal murder spree. The police suspect her at first but eventually realize she's innocent. And they make the dangerous decision to use this unproven rookie as bait to catch the real killer.
Selected for the Director's Fortnight section of the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. Also shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1990.
This is the second collaboration between Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Red. Previously they co-wrote the critically acclaimed "Near Dark" (1987), which Bigelow also directed. In addition to his work as a screenwriter, Red has directed two films -- "Cohen & Tate" (1988) and "Body Parts" (1991).
One of the film's advertising tag-lines was: "For a rookie cop, there's one thing more dangerous than uncovering a killer's fantasy. Becoming it."