DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

SKETCH ARTIST (TV) (director: Phedon Papamichael; screenwriter: Michael Angeli; cinematographer: Wally Pfister; editors: Carole Kravetz/Aykanian; music:  Mark Isham; cast: Jeff Fahey (Det. Jack Whitfield), Sean Young (Rayanne Whitfield), Drew Barrymore (Daisy), Frank McRae (Milton), Tcheky Karyo (Paul Korbel), Brad Johnson (Peter), Belle Avery (Krista), James Tolkan (Tonelliu); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Brad Krevoy; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; 1992)

"A lame made-for-cable thriller."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A lame made-for-cable thriller (on Showtime) directed by Phedon Papamichael ("Arcadia Lost"/"From Within"/"The Weatherman") and written by Michael Angeli.

LA police sketch artist Jack Whitfield (Jeff Fahey) is faced with a dilemma when a bicycle messenger eyewitness to a murder, Daisy (Drew Barrymore), describes the suspected killer of the big-shot garment manufacturer as someone who looks like his fashion designer wife Rayanne (Sean Young). When he tries to cover for his wife by altering the drawing, things get dicey when the eyewitness is killed.

The premise is a good one, but the characters and story remain undeveloped. Also, the suspense never kicks in as it should and it ends up being a bore. Though it's watchable because Fahey, despite his character acting so stupid, gives an honest performance. The film's highlight was Young in the nude.

REVIEWED ON 3/4/2015       GRADE: C+

Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"

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