Dead-End for Delia

Director Phil Joanou's vidfilm, a determined effort to be a period piece, is up to its wide lapels in short whiskeys and tight-lipped men. Stuck with stilted blocking, artsy "Dead-end for Delia" turns up DOA.

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Cast: Gary Oldman, Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Patrick Mas set, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Paul Guilfoyle, Dan Hedaya, Thomas Kopache, Wayne Knight, Frank Taglia, John Putch, Alpheus Merchant, Jason Adams, Scott Weintraub.

Director Phil Joanou’s vidfilm, a determined effort to be a period piece, is up to its wide lapels in short whiskeys and tight-lipped men. Stuck with stilted blocking, artsy “Dead-end for Delia” turns up DOA.

Police Sgt. Pat Kelly (Gary Oldman), whose wife Delia’s body has been found in an alley, visits her best friend Lois (Meg Tilly) and keeps an eye on how the investigators are doing. The production’s insistent stylizing distracts. Gabrielle Anwar as the deceased Delia is a travesty of a temptress, and Joanou leaves the hapless Oldman to contend with a deadpan straight man instead of a tormented principal.

Dead-End for Delia

Production: Director, Phil Joanou; writer, Scott Frank; based on a William Campbell Gault story.

Crew: Camera, Declan Quinn; editor, Stan Salfas.

With: Cast: Gary Oldman, Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Patrick Mas set, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Paul Guilfoyle, Dan Hedaya, Thomas Kopache, Wayne Knight, Frank Taglia, John Putch, Alpheus Merchant, Jason Adams, Scott Weintraub.

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