|DIARY OF A HITMAN (director: Roy London; screenwriter: Kenneth Pressman/based on the play Insider's Price by Kenneth Pressman; cinematographer: Yuri Sokol; editor: Brian Smedley-Ashton; music: Michel Colombier; cast: Forest Whitaker (Dekker), Seymour Cassell (Koenig), Sherilyn Fenn (Jain), Lewis Smith (Zidzyk), John Bedford-Lloyd (Dr. Jamison), Sharon Stone (Kiki), James Belushi (Shandy), Lois Chiles (Sheila), Wayne Crawford (Wallace), Jimmy Butler (Eddie); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Amin Q. Chaudri; Continental Films; 1991)|
|"The narrative strains credibility."
by Dennis Schwartz
London, known as one of the best acting coaches in
Hollywood, helms his only feature film. The
bleak, talky thriller is based on the 45-minute play Insider's
Price by Kenneth Pressman, who also writes the
screenplay. It never gets beyond its stage
origins, and the narrative strains credibility. It's
enjoyable because the low-key acting is easy to take.
veteran hired killer Dekker (Forest Whitaker) wants to
stop, but takes one last contract to kill the wife
(Sherilyn Fenn) and child of his commodities broker
client (Lewis Smith). The client claims his wife is a
drug-addict and the infant is not only a crack baby
but is not his. When the hit man converses with the
vic, breaking the hit man rule book code, he discovers
his client lied. He now has doubts if he could do the
message is that the intended victim and the long-time
killer can save their miserable lives if things turn
REVIEWED ON 4/10/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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