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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Penelope Ann Miller
Alfre Woodard
Julianne Moore
Penelope Ann Miller
Eric Thal
Alfre Woodard
Julianne Moore.
Directors
Allan Moyle
Allan Moyle.
Screenwriters
Grace Cary Bickley.
Running Time
89 minutes

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Neglected Penelope Anne Miller finds a thrown-away murder weapon and, unable to get her cop husband to pay attention, confesses to the killing of a gangland sleaze, whereupon she is made over from dowdy librarian into glamorous moll and is pursued by police, lawyers, crooks and eccentric supporting characters.

Miller is a winning heroine, even if a reunion with her frankly dreary love interest is sadly inevitable, and there are nice turns from Cathy Moriarty as a snarling but lovable hooker and William Forsythe as a Cajun godfather. Too busy to be really funny and a bit too overpopulated to have much effect, this is still watchable.




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