Good god, this is a bad film. I nearly fell asleep several times during the 8 hour stint. OK, 88 minutes. This is a bland murder mystery with a poor cast, with the exception of the always sensational Elke Sommer, I’ve no idea why she thought it would be a good idea to take this role. It’s a drab courtroom drama with some shocking scenes dropped in which really unbalance the whole film and seem totally out of place.
The story revolves around the court room, with a rich businessman (Don Pilon) on trial for the murder of his beautiful wife (Sommer). The court scenes are broken up with flashback moments suggesting possible suspects with various motives for the murder. Some of these scenes resulting in extreme violence and bad taste (which was mainly the cause for the lack of BBFC certificate and the addition to the DPP list of Video Nasties back in 82, in the UK). Measured against today’s standards, these scenes are still harsh and shocking, but made all the worse when balanced against the total boringness of the rest of the film. Murray Markowitz never made a film after this and it’s easy to see why.
There are some quite funny moments though. Look out for the boxer in the gym, still shadow boxing whist chatting to Elke. Also, there’s a scene just before the romantic pony ride through Central Park as Pilon lifts up Sommer and spins her around a few times. You can see the strain on his face as his knees quiver. She’s not a heavy girl by any means. There’s a love making scene too where Pilon looks like he’s fallen asleep.
I’ve got nothing good to say about this film really. Let’s move on.