Review: ‘White of the Eye’

White of the Eye is an intriguing thriller [from the novel Mrs White by Margaret Tracy].

White of the Eye is an intriguing thriller [from the novel Mrs White by Margaret Tracy].

Beneath the layers of flashbacks and at times almost subliminal imagery is a conventional storyline. Sound expert Paul White (David Keith), living in a small Arizona town, is having marital problems with frau Joan (Cathy Moriarty). Circumstantial evidence points strongly at Keith, with cop Mendoza (Art Evans) in from Phoenix to hound him in the case of a serial murder who mutilates the corpses of his wealthy housewife victims.

With lots of clues and red herrings introduced in the early reels (including a heavy emphasis on 10 years earlier 16mm blow up flashbacks of Moriarty first meeting Keith while trekking westward with her boyfriend Alan Rosenberg), picture maintains considerable suspense.

Moriarty is quite forceful here. Keith likewise creates a powerful figure, until the mystery is fully out of the bag.

White of the Eye

UK

Production

Kastner/Cannon. Director Donald Cammell; Producer Cassian Elwes, Brad Wyman; Screenplay Donald Cammell, China Cammell; Camera Alan Jones, Larry McConkey; Editor Terry Rawlings; Music George Fenton (sup.), Nick Mason, Rick Fenn

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

David Keith Cathy Moriarty Art Evans Alan Rosenberg Alberta Watson Michael Greene
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