W: Robert Garland [based on the novel "The Big
Clock" by Kenneth Fearing]
DP: John Alcott
Ed: Neil Travis
Mus: Maurice Jarre
Kevin Costner (Lt. Cmmdr. Tom Farrell), Gene Hackman
(David Brice), Sean Young (Susan Atwell), Will Patton (Scott Pritchard), George Dzundza (Sam Hesselman)
Fast-paced thriller and amongst Kevin Costner's finest
performances as an officer for the US government who embarks on affair with his bosses mistress and becomes involved in a Cold War espionage plot following her murder.
Both Costner & Gene Hackman are excellent, the
screenplay is taut and the build up of tension transcends the notion that the whole plot borders upon the ridiculous, complete with a twist which could either be described as a bolt from
the blue, or absolute genius. I'm siding with the second option.