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.