Torchlight is largely a family affair. Pamela Sue Martin, who costars with Steve Railsback and Ian McShane, is cowriter of the screenplay, as well as taking associate producer credit, while her husband, Manuel Rojas, is exec producer. Between them they’ve fashioned a film which opens on a deceptively light-hearted note but develops in downbeat style.
In its opening sequences, the plot depicts the love-at-first-sight romance and marriage of Martin and Railsback. Enter McShane, a sinister and larger than life pusher, and Railsback’s downfall progresses until he becomes a physical and mental wreck, left without wife or home.
Martin has written for herself a role which allows her to reach the highs and lows of elation and despair. Railsback has a demanding role and mainly fills it convincingly, but McShane as the sinister pusher is a grossly overdrawn character.