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The Ex

The Ex (Friday (13), 10:15-11:45 p.m. HBO) Filmed in Vancouver by American World Pictures in association with Cinepix Film Properties. Executive producer, Jeff Sackman; producers, Dana Dubovsky, Mark L. Lester; director, Lester; script , Larry Cohen, John Lutz, based on the novel "The Ex" by John Lutz; camera, Richard Leiterman; editor, David Berlatsky; production designer, Paul Joyal; sound, Martin Fossum; music, Paul J. Zaza; casting, Cathy Henderson, Dori Zuckerman. Cast: Yancy Butler, Suzy Amis, Nick Mancuso, John Novak, Hamish Tildesley, Liz Atkinson, Roger Barnes, Arlene Belcastro, Babs Chula, Barry (Bear) Horton, Barry Levy, Arline Phillips, Tom Pickett, Claire Riley, David Valentine, Eric van Wijk, Allison Warren. When architect David Kenyon (Nick Mancuso) divorced Deidre (Yancy Butler) and left town, she didn't take it at all well. She's tracked him down, and is stalking David, new wife Molly (Suzy Amis) and David and Molly's 5-year-old son, Michael (Hamish Tildesley). Filmed as a feature and receiving its world premiere on HBO, "The Ex," co-scripted by Larry Cohen and directed Mark L. Lester, works just fine in a genre where it's all but impossible to go too far over the top. In fact, pic has a couple of twists that (in addition to language and nudity) take it above network MOW standards: for one thing, while Deidre is (in David's words) "a cuckoo bird, a nutcase completely off her rocker," the chain-smoking architect isn't quite the fellow Molly believes she'd married. But "The Ex" belongs to Butler, whose Deidre has no reservations about casual sex or murder as means to her end, which is whatever it is she wants from David. She's a knockout who, when riled (which is to say, most of the time) glares like a wolf and speaks in clipped locution like Eartha Kitt. In other words, scary. Deidre manages to get next to Molly and Michael, passing herself off convincingly enough as a child psychologist who's interested in the tyke's welfare and Molly's friendship though in final confrontation she characterizes Michael's mom as an "annoying, naive, stupid little bitch." Mancuso is fine as David, not entirely an innocent victim, but Amis is largely wasted in a role that, though the "bitch" designation is rather uncalled for, Deidre has summed up rather succinctly. Film's budgetary restrictions are all too obvious, and there's a particularly shoddy piece of editing as young Michael takes on Deidre, but overall, "The Ex" delivers exactly what it promises. Todd Everett

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Cast: Yancy Butler, Suzy Amis, Nick Mancuso, John Novak, Hamish Tildesley, Liz Atkinson, Roger Barnes, Arlene Belcastro, Babs Chula, Barry (Bear) Horton, Barry Levy, Arline Phillips, Tom Pickett, Claire Riley, David Valentine, Eric van Wijk, Allison Warren.

The Ex (Friday (13), 10:15-11:45 p.m. HBO) Filmed in Vancouver by American World Pictures in association with Cinepix Film Properties. Executive producer, Jeff Sackman; producers, Dana Dubovsky, Mark L. Lester; director, Lester; script , Larry Cohen, John Lutz, based on the novel “The Ex” by John Lutz; camera, Richard Leiterman; editor, David Berlatsky; production designer, Paul Joyal; sound, Martin Fossum; music, Paul J. Zaza; casting, Cathy Henderson, Dori Zuckerman. Cast: Yancy Butler, Suzy Amis, Nick Mancuso, John Novak, Hamish Tildesley, Liz Atkinson, Roger Barnes, Arlene Belcastro, Babs Chula, Barry (Bear) Horton, Barry Levy, Arline Phillips, Tom Pickett, Claire Riley, David Valentine, Eric van Wijk, Allison Warren. When architect David Kenyon (Nick Mancuso) divorced Deidre (Yancy Butler) and left town, she didn’t take it at all well. She’s tracked him down, and is stalking David, new wife Molly (Suzy Amis) and David and Molly’s 5-year-old son, Michael (Hamish Tildesley). Filmed as a feature and receiving its world premiere on HBO, “The Ex,” co-scripted by Larry Cohen and directed Mark L. Lester, works just fine in a genre where it’s all but impossible to go too far over the top. In fact, pic has a couple of twists that (in addition to language and nudity) take it above network MOW standards: for one thing, while Deidre is (in David’s words) “a cuckoo bird, a nutcase completely off her rocker,” the chain-smoking architect isn’t quite the fellow Molly believes she’d married. But “The Ex” belongs to Butler, whose Deidre has no reservations about casual sex or murder as means to her end, which is whatever it is she wants from David. She’s a knockout who, when riled (which is to say, most of the time) glares like a wolf and speaks in clipped locution like Eartha Kitt. In other words, scary. Deidre manages to get next to Molly and Michael, passing herself off convincingly enough as a child psychologist who’s interested in the tyke’s welfare and Molly’s friendship though in final confrontation she characterizes Michael’s mom as an “annoying, naive, stupid little bitch.” Mancuso is fine as David, not entirely an innocent victim, but Amis is largely wasted in a role that, though the “bitch” designation is rather uncalled for, Deidre has summed up rather succinctly. Film’s budgetary restrictions are all too obvious, and there’s a particularly shoddy piece of editing as young Michael takes on Deidre, but overall, “The Ex” delivers exactly what it promises. Todd Everett

The Ex

Friday (13), 10:15-11:45 p.m. HBO

Production: Filmed in Vancouver by American World Pictures in association with Cinepix Film Properties. Executive producer, Jeff Sackman; producers, Dana Dubovsky, Mark L. Lester; director, Lester; script, Larry Cohen, John Lutz, based on the novel "The Ex" by John Lutz.

Cast: Cast: Yancy Butler, Suzy Amis, Nick Mancuso, John Novak, Hamish Tildesley, Liz Atkinson, Roger Barnes, Arlene Belcastro, Babs Chula, Barry (Bear) Horton, Barry Levy, Arline Phillips, Tom Pickett, Claire Riley, David Valentine, Eric van Wijk, Allison Warren.Camera, Richard Leiterman; editor, David Berlatsky; production designer, Paul Joyal; sound, Martin Fossum; music, Paul J. Zaza; casting, Cathy Henderson, Dori Zuckerman.

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