DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

TROPICAL HEAT (director: Jag Mundhra; screenwriter: Michael W. Potts/story by Simon Levy & Jag Mundhra; cinematographer: V. Shaukat; editors: Ashok Amritraj/Jag Mundhra; music:  Del Casher; cast: Rick Rossovich (Gravis),  Maryam d'Abo (Beverly), Lee Anne Beaman (Carolyn), Asha Siewkumar (Kamla),  Prakash Raj (Inspector ),  (),  (),  (); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Ashok Amritraj; Prism; 1993)

"An exotic mystery story that fails to rock."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

An exotic mystery story that fails to rock, even if about lesbian killers and the sex scenes are hot. It's directed by the Indian-born filmmaker Jag Mundhra ("Backwaters"/"Provoked"/"Sandstorm"). Writer Michael W. Potts adapts from a story co-written by the director and Simon Levy. The visuals, on location, have pleasing site and building shots.

American insurance investigator Gravis (Rick Rossovich) is sent to India to investigate the death of a wealthy maharajah stomped to death by an elephant. His widow is an American woman named Beverly (Maryam d'Abo). The investigator manages to have sex with her and two other women during his lazy investigation (an American played by Lee Anne Beaman & the dark-skinned Indian played by Asha Siewkumar).

The acting is worse than bad. It's atrocious.

REVIEWED ON 5/1/2015       GRADE: C+

Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"

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