|BEST SELLER (director/writer: John Flynn; screenwriter: Larry Cohen; cinematographer: Fred Murphy; editor: David Rosenbloom; music: Jay Ferguson; cast: James Woods (Cleve), Brian Dennehy (Dennis Meechum), Victoria Tennant (Roberta), Allison Baison (Holly), Paul Shenar (Madlock), George Coe (Graham); Runtime: 112; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Carter De Haven; Vestron Video (Orion); 1987)|
|"Ingenious big city cop film."
by Dennis Schwartz
set in LA crime thriller B film. Director John Flynn
("Brainscan"/"Scam"/"Rolling Thunder") teams up
with B film writing maven Larry Cohen to create this
ingenious big city cop film.
detective Dennis Meechum (Brian
Dennehy) survives a wound in an armed
robbery of the police evidence room, in which three
other cops were killed, and writes a best seller about
the famous unsolved incident. The burn out ex-cop is a
widower who lives with his shy teenage daughter
(Allison Balson). After struggling and failing
seventeen years later to write a follow-up book, he
has new hope. The sleazy but affable Cleve (James
Woods) contacts Dennis and claims to be a former
contract killer for a still living corporate homcho (Paul
Shenar). After forming an untrusting partnership
on the book, Cleve gives Dennis all the dirt on his
hits. But Dennis wants to verify and travels with
Cleve all over the country to do so.
witty character driven film, with cat-and-mouse games,
a shootout, chases and many action scenes taking place
in different parts of the country. The ending might be
too predictable, but the film is always entertaining
and has a wry humor.
REVIEWED ON 4/7/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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