New York Times - 03/03/1989
"...A droll, clever, essentially British comedy...Garr is particularly good..."
When a shy butcher thinks he's murdered his partner by accidentally locking him in the freezer, he turns to his partner's wife, the real killer, for help. The wife, realizing the butcher is the perfect scapegoat, continues the charade by agreeing to help hide the body but, they have to stay one step ahead of the cops.
A butcher's battered wife hires a bumbling private detective to spy on her abusive, two-timing husband. She eventually ends up murdering her mate by locking him in his own meat freezer -- then she runs off with her husband's sweet, geeky partner. The amorous twosome become involved in a series of complicated double-crosses, all the while trying to figure out a suitable way of dumping the husband's dead body.
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Estimated budget of $4 million.
Shot on location in Vancouver, British Columbia and in San Pedro and Los Angeles, California, in CFI color and Panavision.
Began shooting April 27, 1987; completed shooting June 26, 1987. Released in the USA March 3, 1989. Released on video September 20, 1989. It was shelved by the studio for two years before its theatrical release.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.