Friday, 11 September 2015

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)

During World War II, an American serviceman in London decides to impress his English girlfriend by acting as an American gangster, which soon turns deadly.

Ambitious wartime semi-Noir drama that drowns its intentions by staging a true-crime story in entirely artificial settings.

Halliwell (no star): "Based on actual events, but a movie that rarely seems more than a laboured fantasy and one that the public ignored."

Maltin**1/2: "Famed British tabloid fodder gets the low-budget "period" treatment. Mildly interesting account never quite jells, though some of the violence offers surprisingly stylized jolts. Lloyd is a lot more intersting than her costar here."

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