Review: ‘Ruby Cairo’

Ruby Cairo is an old-fashioned Yank-in-Europe mystery-adventure [from a screen story by Robert Dillon] that squanders an interesting cast headed by Andie MacDowell and Liam Neeson. Too bad everyone forgot to pack a script along with their passports and sunscreen.

Ruby Cairo is an old-fashioned Yank-in-Europe mystery-adventure [from a screen story by Robert Dillon] that squanders an interesting cast headed by Andie MacDowell and Liam Neeson. Too bad everyone forgot to pack a script along with their passports and sunscreen.

MacDowell plays the wife of Viggo Mortensen, who runs an aircraft salvage company directly under a flightpath to LAX. One day, while he’s off in Mexico, she receives a packet with some teeth inside, and hotfoots it to Veracruz to inspect the remains of his plane and supposed body.

Realizing he’s still alive and done a runner, she sets off tracking him down. The trail leads from Panama and the Bahamas to Berlin, Athens and Cairo, where with the help of food aid worker Liam Neeson she uncovers a scam smuggling a chemical for making poison gas inside grain shipments.

This could have played either as a romantic comedy-thriller or as a long-limbed drama of betrayed love. Under Graeme Clifford’s unfocused direction, it keeps promising both but ends up neither. Where the reported $24 million budget went is anyone’s guess.

Ruby Cairo

US - Japan

Production

Kadokawa. Director Graeme Clifford; Producer Lloyd Phillips, Haruki Kadokawa; Screenplay Robert Dillon, Michael Thomas; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor Caroline Biggerstaff, Paul Rubell; Music John Barry, Robert Randles; Art Director Richard Sylbert

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Andie MacDowell Liam Neeson Viggo Mortensen Jack Thompson Jeff Corey Miriam Reed
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