Review: ‘Shattered Image’

Bo Derek doesn't quite score a 10 with her TV movie debut, but "Shattered Image" is a thriller with some good plot twists, and Derek is fine as a former model who is sleeping with -- and betraying -- every man in sight.

Bo Derek doesn’t quite score a 10 with her TV movie debut, but “Shattered Image” is a thriller with some good plot twists, and Derek is fine as a former model who is sleeping with — and betraying — every man in sight.

Helen Algood (Derek), tired of her brutal mogul hubby Ben (David McCallum), plots with paramour/brother-in-law David Algood (John Savage) to have Ben kidnapped and killed so they can split the hefty ransom.

The FBI is called in, and after the kidnappers and Ben are presumably killed in a car crash, agent Brian Dillon (Jack Scalia) vows to keep on investigating. Some three months later, Dillon and Helen bump into each other at the dive shop he’s now running (a logical career move for an FBI agent).

The two get cozy, but domestic bliss is interrupted when Helen is told by a plastic surgeon that Ben isn’t dead — he had his face reconstructed after the accident to look like his brother David. Or did he? By the telepic’s suspenseful end, it’s clear everyone has double-crossed everyone else at least twice.

Scripter William Delligan has done a good job of throwing in red herrings — the only one that stinks is the plastic surgery bit. Tom Del Ruth’s camerawork is effective, and Fritz Kiersch’s direction is tight and clear-visioned. Scalia is suitably inscrutable, and Derek’s blank-eyed stare and Mona Lisa smile enhance her portrayal of a woman with murky motives.

Production values are exceptionally good; one really believes that these people could raise $ 10 million in ransom money.

Shattered Image

(Fri. (21), 9-11 p.m., USA)

Production

Filmed in Southern California by Rysher Prods. Inc. Exec producers, Keith Samples, Bill Hart; producer, Bruce Cohen Curtis; director, Fritz Kiersch; writer, William Delligan.

Crew

Camera, Tom Del Ruth; editor, Carl Kriess; production designer, Alfred Sole; sound, Beau Franklin.

Cast

With: Jack Scalia, Bo Derek, John Savage, David McCallum, Ramon Franco, Dorian Harewood, Robert Usher, Michael Shamus Wiles, Kevin Brophy, Donald Burton , Susan Harney, Kendall Carly Browne, Rene Gatica, Sully Diaz, Chad Stephen Taylor, Alma Martinez, Robert Caso, Ian Ogilvy, Patrick Thomas, Trent Dolan, Michael Harris, Kyle Scott Jackson.
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