|BLUE DESERT (director/writer: Brad Battersby; screenwriter: Arthur Collis; cinematographer: Paul Murphy; editors: Debra Bard/Craig Sheffer; music: Joel Goldsmith; cast: D.B. Sweeney (Steve Smith), Courteney Cox (Lisa Roberts), Craig Sheffer (Randall Atkins ), Philip Baker Hall (Joe), Sandy Ward (Walter), Anne Bellamy (Emily), Robert Miano (William Karp), Peter Schrum (Burly Man); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: R; producer: David Andrew Peters; Academy Entertainment; 1991)|
|"The cast is believable, and the
stars deliver strong performances."
by Dennis Schwartz
effective suspense drama set in a small town. Brad
Letters"/"Jesus The Driver") is writer-director, and
Arthur Collis co-writes. Battersby films it in a
opens with comic book artist Lisa Roberts
(Courteney Cox) raped in NYC. Feeling cold about big
city values, Lisa moves to a sleepy desert town in
Arizona. An unsavory local, Randall Atkins (Craig
Sheffer), befriends her and she goes out on a date
with him. Once inside her trailer, he makes unwanted
sexual advances. A fight ensues and the police are
called. Lisa tells officer Steve Smith (D.B. Sweeney)
she doesn't want to press charges against the ex-con
sex offender, that she just wants to be left alone.
Later Randall shows up at Lisa's place to warn her not
to trust the clean-cut cop, that he tried to kill him.
When the cop returns to Lisa's trailer, he makes
sexual advances and she has to kill him to save
anyplace can be dangerous, Lisa returns to the big
cast is believable, and the stars deliver strong
REVIEWED ON 4/8/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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