|ILLEGAL IN BLUE (director: Stu Segall; screenwriter: Noel Hynd; cinematographer: Ernest Roebuck; editor: John W. Carr; music: Steve Edwards; cast: Dan Gauthier (Chris Morgan), Stacey Dash (Kari Truitt), Louis Giambalvo (Lt. Cavanaugh), Trevor Goddard (Mickey Fuller), Raye Birk (Gary Dedmarch), Sandra Reinhardt (Joanne), Michael Durrell (Michael Snyder), David Groh (Dist. Attorney Frank Jacobi), Roy Werner (det. Harris); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Stu Segall; MGM; 1995)|
|"Nonsensical erotic neo-noir
film that makes little sense."
by Dennis Schwartz
erotic neo-noir film that makes little sense but the
mediocre film is oddly watchable if you overlook its
cliches, lack of passion and other faults.
Second-rate TV director Stu Segall ("Hot
Blooded"/"Charli") sluggishly directs it as softcore
porn from the poorly written screenplay by Noel Hynd.
Morgan (Dan Gauthier) is driving a NYC cab
while on leave as a police officer because he's
involved in an Internal Affairs investigation
regarding a corruption case. He picks up a fare late
at night, the sultry black nightclub singer, Kari
Dash), dressed in blue. She tells him she will kill
her husband and then stiffs him as she runs out of the
cab. The next day Kari's rich husband is found shot
dead. Chris runs into Kari again at her nightclub gig
and begins a sexual relationship.
you know it, Chris jilts his sexy blonde girlfriend (Sandra
Reinhardt), gets reinstated on the force by his former
boss Lt. Cavanaugh (Louis
Giambalvo), shakes off an attempt
on his life by an irate cop who calls him a rat and
parlays at the club with Kari's sleazy nightclub/pimp
boss Mickey (Trevor Goddard). The story
revolves around a waterfront scandal involving Kari's
murdered husband and the investigating cops who
pocketed a large chunk of the money they confiscated.
It seems Chris' superiors, the DA (David
Groh) and his lawyer (Michael Durrell),
pressure the honest cop to lie about the money
confiscated. Don't ask how it ends, because the story
made little sense.
The acting is uniformly dreadful, the story is pathetic and the action scenes are inept. But I've seen worse attempts at film noir, and will let it go at that.
REVIEWED ON 3/29/17 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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