|LIMIT UP (director/writer: Richard Martini; screenwriter: Luana Anders/story by Richard Martini; cinematographer: Peter Lyons Collister; editor: Sonny Baskin; music: John Tesh; cast: Nancy Allen (Casey Falls), Brad Hall (Marty Callahan), Dean Stockwell (Peter Oak), Ray Charles (Julius), Rance Howard (Chuck Feeney), Danitra Vance (Nike), Sally Kellerman (The Nightclub Singer), Luana Anders (Teacher), Ava Fabian (Sasha), Sandra Bogan (Andy Lincoln), William Woff (Rusty); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer:Jonathan Krane; Virgin; 1989)|
|"It makes Goethe's classic
masterpiece into something banal."
by Dennis Schwartz
Faustian comedy co-written and directed by Richard
Martini ("Camera"/"Cannes Man"/"Con
Man"). The other writer is Luana Anders, who also
appears in the film.
Casey Falls (Nancy Allen) is
a runner at Chicago’s Midwest Grain Exchange, which
deals in soybean futures. The
ambitious Casey aspires to be a trader, but her
employment is blocked because she's a woman. The story
gets weird when she meets the hipster Nike (Danitra
Vance), an agent of the Devil. She guarantees
Casey a trader position in return for her soul. After
accepting, Casey quickly reaches the top of her field.
It seems the Devil is using her to corner the soybean
market to create a world-wide famine. To stop the
Devil's catastrophic scheme, Casey must risk
everything to get out of the contract.
fantasy film, made with good intentions but
uninspiring in its moral lessons about greed. It was
too tedious and dim to have much impact. It makes
Goethe's classic masterpiece into something banal.
Dean Stockwell is Allen's greedy employer who later becomes her rival. Sally Kellerman has a small part as a nightclub singer. Ray Charles spouts a number of morality lessons.
REVIEWED ON 2/17/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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