Innocently in love with Mike, Betty doesn't attach any significance to his dropping out of her life for months then suddenly returning. She should. Mike moves in a dark world of drugs and violence - soon to have frightening repercussions for her.
Variety - 03/14/1984
"...Intriguing....[The] lead performances are all strong....Paul Winfield holds center screen during a long sequence in a low-key, fascinating performance....William Ostrander is perfect..."
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His name was Mike. That's all Betty really knew about him. But now some dangerous people know too much about her. The next stop for the killers who carried out Mike's Murder may be Betty's house.
Following their Urban Cowboy teamwork, writer/director "Jim Bridges draws a dynamic performance from Debra Winger" (Guy Flatley, Cosmopolitan) as Betty in this chilling mystery. Innocently in love with wayward Mike (Mark Keyloun), she doesn't attach any significance to his dropping out of her life for months, then suddenly returning. She should. Mike moves in a shadowy world of drugs and violence - one soon to have frightening repercussions for Betty. Winger's flawless work has the impact of real life. So does Bridges' use of setting. He captures Los Angeles' moods as few filmmakers have. In this powerful movie, both the people and the place give killer performances."
This spellbinding murder mystery stars Debra Winger as Betty, an impressionable young single woman, living in Los Angeles, who becomes involved in the dangerous worlds of murder and drug dealing when she investigates the circumstances surrounding the death of a former lover. Although Betty is doing just fine on her own as a bank teller, living in a good neighborhood, she falls for the charms of her seductive young tennis instructor, Mike (Mark Keyloun). After a fiery affair, the two don't see each other for months until Betty runs into Mike again and he admits to supplementing his income with drug dealing. After numerous attempts to rekindle their passionate affair, Mike stands Betty up on the evening of a planned tryst. To Betty's horror, she learns the real reason Mike did not make their date: He has been murdered in a brutal drug scandal. Grief stricken, Betty takes it upon herself to investigate Mike's murder and delves deep into his sordid past, meeting many of Mike's so-called friends. As Betty becomes more and more entrenched in the dangerous details of Mike's death, she puts her own life in peril in this harrowing depiction of the netherworld of underground Los Angeles, directed by James Bridges.
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