Review: ‘One Night Stand’

Talia Shire's long-in-the-works debut feature starts promisingly enough with an intriguing exploration of the sexuality of a lonely and frustrated woman, but eventually develops into a banal and familiar thriller involving murder and incest.

Talia Shire’s long-in-the-works debut feature starts promisingly enough with an intriguing exploration of the sexuality of a lonely and frustrated woman, but eventually develops into a banal and familiar thriller involving murder and incest.

Commercial designer Michelle ‘Micky’ Sanderson (Ally Sheedy), a lonely and frustrated divorcee, yearns for some excitement and knows that her insistent boss (Don Novello) won’t be able to supply it. One night, visiting a bar with some femme colleagues, Micky allows herself to be picked up by a complete stranger (A. Martinez), who takes her back to his apartment for a hot night of sex.

Next morning, Micky wakes up alone in an empty apartment and discovers from the owner, Josslyn (Frederic Forrest), that the place is up for lease. She becomes obsessed with finding her dream lover again. From this point on, the film becomes much less interesting, as screenplay tilts into familiar Frightened Lady territory when Micky discovers that his first wife, whom he claims died in a car accident, was actually murdered.

Forrest gives such an embarassingly over-the-top performance that he throws the whole film out of whack. Sheedy, however, is fine in a gutsy portrayal.

One Night Stand

Production

Concorde/New Horizons. Director Talia Shire; Producer Alida Camp; Screenplay Marty Casella; Camera Arthur Albert; Editor Jim Prior; Music David Shire; Art Director Rusty Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1995. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Ally Sheedy
A. Martinez
Frederic Forrest
Don Novello
Diane Salinger
Gina Hecht
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