|THE SECRETARY (TV) (director/writer: Andrew Lane; screenwriter: story by Ken Segall, Randy Kornfield and Graham Flashner/Graham Flashner; cinematographer: Steven Bernstein; editor: Julian Semilian; music: Louis Febre; cast: Mel Harris (Ellen Bradford), Sheila Kelley (Deidre Bosnell), Barry Bostwick (Eric Bradford), James Russo (Ted Burke), Ashley Peldon (Cindy Bradford), Rod McCary (George Matthias), Sondra Curry (Mary Quinn), Ray Baker (Lester Howland), Richard Herd (Chuck Bosnell), Mimi Craven (Marcia Hastings) ; Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Pierre David; Republic Pictures; 1995-USA/Germany)|
average psycho-thriller in
the Fatal Attraction mode,
but without the sexual trappings."
by Dennis Schwartz
average psycho-thriller in the Fatal Attraction mode,
but without the sexual trappings. In his directorial
debut Andrew Lane ("Distant Cousins"/"Lonely
Hearts"/"Mortal Passions") plays it safe by following
the proven formulaic ways for such thrillers. It
seems like a copy of The Temp (1993), though a better
version. The story, filmed in black and white, is by Ken Segall, Randy Kornfield
and Graham Flashner, with Flashner
writing the screenplay.
disturbed efficient legal secretary Deidre
Bosnell (Sheila Kelley)
murders her boss (Ray Baker)
because he works her too hard, is tyrannical and
doesn't appreciate her. Deidre helps get her new
stockbroker boss, Ellen Bradford (Mel Harris), hired
by her sly maneuverings. Ellen has returned to work
after eight years because her hubby (Barry
unemployed. Deidre uses her craftiness to make sure
Ellen succeeds in the workplace, as a result she
murders those who stand in the way. Ellen begins to
catch on her secretary is a psycho and tries to
distance herself from her. When Ellen refuses to
embezzle money for her, Deidre harms Ellen's hubby and
abducts her daughter (Cindy Bradford).
Flashner's screenplay does a good job of showing how a pathology can get out of hand if the disturbed person is not helped and how her failed life expectations can drive her insane.
REVIEWED ON 5/25/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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