This film is based on a true story, but you do get the feeling that a lot of artistic licence has been taken. It stars Billy Zane as Jack Durant a high ranking American officer who has fought from Omaha beach through to the war's end, and has landed up in Frankfurt to be stationed at the palace of Princess Sophie - who of course was not a Nazi. There he meets femme fatale Lt. Kathleen Nash (Lynne Renee). Together with a red neck sergeant they discover a cache of vintage wine and then more encouragingly, the German crown jewels, hidden behind a bricked up wall.
Zane narrates the whole time in the style of classic noire, but classic this sadly is not. It is very stylish, with lots of matinee idol looks and music that tries too hard to tell us what to feel and what is about to happen. The clichés come faster than a freshman on prom night, and I actually found some of them bordering on comedic, which as this is a thriller I am sure was unintentional. There is `jazz club' sax whenever Ms Renee even gets close to a bedroom for instance. Whilst there is good acting through out, it still fails to engage, the characters are just all too unlikable for us to gain any empathy. They are all motivated by naked greed and lust in a way that would make the yuppies of the 1980's salivate with envy.
The plot is to smuggle the stones back to New York and then sell them for huge amounts of cash. The double crosses then start piling up like lemmings in mating season, and the one liners become ever more obvious -"she played me like a violin", for instance. This then is a triumph of style over substance and seems to out stay its welcome, even though it is only 106 minutes long. It is hard to recommend this to anyone, it is a sort of `Oceans 11' noire, without the pace, charm, or good lighting to really fulfil either role. Whilst the ending is not that predictable, you sort of don't care by the time it happens, so really only good for a rental if you like Mr Zane or want to see his co star stylishly draped over him in various positions of bedroom scenarios and that is only a few seconds, so not much of a pull either. Sorry this is just slow, uninteresting and not really that true a story either, but I did not turn it of f, so it gets an OK from me and I did like the attention to period detail which is always appreciated.