Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 1984
Country: United States
Run Time: 97 minutes


Writer-director James Bridges began his film career as an actor, performing in over 50 TV shows and 5 feature films. In 1961 he began writing plays, which led to his writing for the Alfred Hitchcock TV series for 3 years. Bridges both wrote and directed "The Paper Chase," the film and the TV pilot. Among his recent films are "The China Syndrome" and "Urban Cowboy." Set in Los Angeles, MIKE'S MURDER captures the feel of the city streets, suspensefully building a sense of the menace that lies beneath the apparent, sunny calm, calling to mind Hitchcock and the atmosphere of "Vertigo." Mike (Mark Keyloun) is a tennis instructor, dealing drugs on the side. Affer ripping off a small percentage of a cocaine deal, Mike a savagely killed (offscreen). His girlfriend, Betty (Debra Winger), is a middle-class bank employee who doesn't heed her friend's warnings of danger as she attempts to ferret out information about the murder. The shady characters that people Mike's world include his psychotic cohort, Pete (Darrell Larson); Phillip (Paul Winfield), a wealthy, gay record producer who was in love with Mike; and his muscular houseboy, Randy (William Ostrander). The mood of paranoia is magnified by John Barry's score while Joe Jackson's music fits the L.A. lifestyle - much of it spent alone, behind the wheel of a car.

"The acting is universally fine. The atmosphere - and there's plenty of it - is very well done; L.A. has rarely looked more evil, more terrifying. The results keep your palms very sweaty. . ." -Los Angeles Magazine

James Bridges

Kim Kurumada, Jack Larson

Reynaldo Villalobos

Jeff Gourson, Dede Allen

Principal Cast
Debra Winger, Mark Keyloun, Paul Winfield, Darrell Larson

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