Someone to Watch Over Me is a stylish and romantic police thriller which manages, through the sleek direction of Ridley Scott and persuasive ensemble performances, to triumph over several hard-to-swallow plot developments.

Someone to Watch Over Me is a stylish and romantic police thriller which manages, through the sleek direction of Ridley Scott and persuasive ensemble performances, to triumph over several hard-to-swallow plot developments.

Tom Berenger portrays Mike Keegan, a happily married NY cop from the Bronx who has just been promoted to detective and finds himself assigned on the night shift to protect socialite Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers), witness to a brutal murder.

Heinous killer Joey Venza, played with economical nuance and menace by Andreas Katsulas, tracks Gregory down at the Guggenheim Museum and terrorizes her in the ladies’ room while Keegan is distracted. Though he subsequently chases Venza down and effects the collar, failure to read the goon his rights results in Venza back on the street and Gregory marked for death.

Berenger carries the film handily, utterly convincing as the working class stiff out of his element accompanying Rogers through her elegant apartment or posh parties. Rogers is alluring as the romantic interest, recalling the sharpness and beauty of Laraine Day, while wife, Lorraine Bracco is fully sympathetic and easily has the viewer siding against the two leads during their hanky-panky segments.

Someone to Watch Over Me

Production

Columbia. Director Ridley Scott; Producer Thierry de Ganay; Screenplay Howard Franklin; Camera Steven Poster; Editor Claire Simpson; Music Michael Kamen; Art Director Jim Bissell

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Tom Berenger Mimi Rogers Lorraine Bracco Jerry Orbach John Rubinstein Andreas Katsulas
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