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|QUICKSAND: NO ESCAPE (TV) (director: Michael Pressman; screenwriters: Peter I. Baloff/Dave Wollert; cinematographer: Jacek Lascus; editor: Millie Moore; music: Paul Chihara; cast: Tim Matheson (Scott Reinhardt), Donald Sutherland (Murdoch), Timothy Carhart (Charlie Groves), Felicity Huffman (Julianna Reinhardt), John Finn (Lt. Detective Griffith), Jay Acovone (Lt. Towers); Runtime: 84; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Peter I. Baloff; MCA/Universal Home Video; 1992)|
as a corrupt sleazy blackmailer private detective,
gives the film all
the props it needs."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A made-for-cable thriller that's
directed by Michael
Pressman ("Boulevard Nights"/"Some Kind of
Hero"/"Dynamite Women") and very watchable. Writers Peter I.
and Dave Wollert keep it standard procedural crime drama
the twist at the
menacing performance as a corrupt sleazy blackmailer
gives the film all the props it needs.
Scott Reinhardt (Tim Matheson) has a pretty wife
Huffman) and two
small children, where he lives
happily in a beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills.
His partner in
their architect firm, Charlie Groves (Timothy
Carhart), bribes an LA
city commissioner to get a big architectural job bid.
crooked Vice Squad cop Towers (Jay
stop Scott late at
night on Mulholland Drive and
blackmail him for $5,000 in hush money. They tussle
and Towers is
accidentally killed when he slips on a rock and his
head is bashed in.
morning's TV news reports that Towers died from a
bullet to his head.
Soon Scott encounters the sinister Murdoch (Donald
shakes him down for a $100,000 to coverup the bribe
and murder. Murdoch
says he has the audio tape of Towers witnessing the
bribe of the city
official and with that evidence the cops would have
the motive for the
murder if he should turn it in. A harried Scott sees
no easy escape
from this mess and adjusts to becoming an animal like
survive, as in the end he learns why Murdoch knows so
much about him
and figures out a way to get Murdoch out of his life.
to his problem is amoral, to say the least, but it
leaves him in the
clear though not with a clear conscience.
REVIEWED ON 7/2/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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