Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle relucantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle’s partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.
A contemporary, twisting neo-noir thriller set in Florida similar to Body Heat (1981) marked the directorial debut film for John Bailey.
Madeleine Stowe starred as unhappily married femme fatale wife Rachel Munro, in an abusive marriage to unfaithful bank tycoon husband Rupert Munroe (Charles Dance), who was engaged in an affair with his curly-haired blonde bank secretary Adele (Patricia Healy) – seen under the opening credits.
After striking up a friendship with serious, honorable and skilled small-town Florida homicide detective Kyle Bodine (Ed Harris), Rachel accompanied him on a nighttime canoe ride under a full “China Moon” – the moon resembled “a big old plate of china.” Bodine described how his grandmother had said “people would get affected by them, that they’d do strange things.” He complimented Rachel: “You’re so beautiful,” and encouraged her to go swimming in the warm Camelia Lake water as he often did. She stood up in the boat, and uninhibitedly disrobed for skinny-dipping in front of him. When he joined her in the water, she enticed him: “Put your arms around me. That’s better” and they passionately kissed.
Afterwards, she cried due to his tenderness, confessing: “I haven’t had much of that,” but wouldn’t admit her marital difficulties to him. They began their own torrid affair – during which she told him: “I’m in a trap. I can’t get out of it.” Rather than obtaining a legal divorce, she contemplated killing her husband with a recently-purchased 9 millimeter gun. The plot became tangled and complex when she decided to run away with Kyle, but then was forced to kill her drunken husband in self-defense with two shots.
She convinced Kyle to help her cover up the murder, but then he became a prime suspect himself when it appeared that his gun was used in the killing. She professed that she was telling the truth about everything, although he was indignant about secrets she had kept from him, and he called her a “stranger.” He grabbed her neck and accused her of lying:
“You were just f–king me, weren’t you? I was loving you, and you were f–king me!”
When the plot finally became untangled in the conclusion, an unexonerated Kyle lay dead, after which Rachel shot and killed Kyle’s scheming rookie cop partner Lamar Dickey (Benicio del Toro).
Director: John Bailey