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A DEFINITE NAIL BITER...
on 18 September 2001
This is a terrific thriller with excellent performances by Gene hackamn, Anne Archer, J.T. Walsh, James Sikking, M.Emmett Walsh, and Susan Hogan. There are also some terrific action scenes. This film is guaranteed to keep the viewer on the edge of one's seat.
The plot is simple. A woman, Carol Hunnicutt (Anne Archer), goes on a blind date with an attorney (J.T. Walsh) with whom a well meaning friend has set her up. He gets a business call that he needs to return as soon as possible. She accompanies him to his apartment. She excuses herself and goes to use the bathroom. In the interim, he is visited by one of his clients, Leo Watts, and another man. Watts confronts the attorney with the fact that he knows that the attorney has gotten himself into a financial hole and has, consequently, stolen a lot of money from him. The attorney, knowing watts to be a ruthless mobster, begins to cry. Carol, overhearing the commotion, cautiously opens the door, only to see the other man with Watts execute her blind date.
Terror stricken, she sits mute for sometime and then disappears to a remote Canadian location, where she is ultimately tracked down by Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Robert Caulfield (Gene Hackman) and a Los Angeles Police Department Detective, who has accompanied him. They are working on the case involving the murder of the attorney, and they believe that she may have some relevant information, as her fingerprints were discovered at the crime scene and traced back to her via an old anti-war protest arrest.
Unfortunately, Watts' men also find her, almost simultaneously, and the games begin in earnest, with the detective killed in the process. Robert and Carol make a run for it and board a train headed towards Vancouver. Right behind them are the hit men, who also board the same train, hot on their heels. A life or death cat and mouse game commences. What happens on that train will keep the viewer riveted to the screen. This is, without a doubt, a well executed thriller.