The Bedroom Window (1987) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|There's good news and bad news.
The bad news: it's a movie with Steve Guttenberg
The good news: it's one of the the best movies with Steve Guttenberg. Oh sure it still sucks, but how hard is to to improve on Police Academy 4 and Can't Stop the Music.
Just for the record, here's the best and worst of Steve, as determined by IMDb ratings.
when you invest 25 years in the business, and Boys from
Brazil is on your highlight reel. (And, worse yet,
Guttenberg was not a significant player in that movie.)
Actually, Amazon Women on the Moon should probably be
As you can see, Diner and Cocoon (and maybe Amazon Women) are the only two good movies Guttenberg has ever been in.
The Bedroom Window comes close - a decent story in the style of Hitchcock.
lover, who is also his boss' wife, witnesses a minor
crime from Guttenberg's window, and she can't admit she
was there, so civic-minded Guttenberg tells the police
the story as if he had actually seen it. But he keeps
getting caught deeper and deeper in his lies until he
himself becomes a suspect in far more significant crimes.
It isn't really very good Hitchcock, but I stayed awake through it, and never touched the fast forward. And if I can say that about a Steve Guttenberg movie, it can't be all that bad. How long could you stay with Can't Stop the Music without reaching for the remote?
|In fact, the first
half, until Huppert is killed by the real killer (and
Guttenberg therefore loses the only person who can prove
he didn't do it), is quite suspenseful in spite of the
poor acting. In fact, I sort of enjoyed the first half, but the second half, in which Guttenberg
sets a trap for the real killer, is like a completely
different movie, and doesn't have any of the tense feel
of the opening act. Plus, how dumb do you have to be to
be trapped by Steve Guttenberg? Perhaps the criminal was
Anna Nicole Smith.
The writer/director of this movie is Curtis Hanson, the talented guy who did L.A. Confidential, but The Bedroom Window is not the work of a mature and confident filmmaker. Hanson really developed a lot in the intervening ten years. (His only work since Confidential is the eccentric Wonder Boys, a movie universally loved by the critics and universally ignored by moviegoers this spring.)
By the way, it is completely obvious that Isabelle Huppert and Guttenberg couldn't stand each other, and they must rank among the three worst pairs of screen lovers I can name (Alan King and Ali McGraw in "Just Tell Me What You Want", Travolta and Tomlin in "Moment by Moment"). They are supposed to be overwhelmingly hot for each other - well, that's what the words say, but they just had no chemistry, and certainly no passion. They couldn't even look at each other.
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