This is great. Great performances and a really creepy plot. For a TV movie, this really gets down to the bone, moving at such a great pace, we fall into the action within the first five minutes and it’s immediate that we can see that Richard is a loon!
The ‘true’ story goes, Laura Black is a successful business woman, working in the world of computers. Richard Farley, her latest work colleague is a loon, and becomes quickly infatuated with Laura, believing they are in a relationship, turning up continually at various different events acting weird, creepy. It’s a brilliant story, built totally on the performances give by Richard Thomas and Brooke Shields. The script bounces between the pair who just lap up this theme with such zest and enthusiasm, it’s a real pleasure to watch. The main theme of stalking and obsession is so scary, especially in the current climate, but for some reason, it seems worse being back in the 80’s. It seems as though Laura Black wouldn’t be taken seriously by HR, the Police or her friends, but I’m sure now, it would be a totally different matter.
For me, Thomas makes this film what it is. Her performance is excellent as the relentless stalker, and I’m sure, encouraged by Director Michael Switzer, a TV film maker whose worked on everything from Hill Street Blues to Prison Break. It’s no wonder he’s had a lush career.