This was a movie I truly liked. I can't say it's a Five Star flick but it's a solid Four Star film. I feel as if the critics were too hard on this film. Especially Leonard Maltin, who gave it a "Bomb" in his Leonard Maltin Movie Guide. In it, he said, Quote: Ludicrous thriller in which weirded-out therapist Willis heads to LA for a breather; he is immediately immersed in a murder mystery, and involved with mysterious March: Unquote. Maltin said that the: "Much-publicized sex-scenes aren't sexy." WRONG! They were the hottest sex scenes ever shot for a Hollywood production (I'm Not Referring To The Other Hollywood, Either!). Maltin went on to add that the Director's Cut of this film (Which I'm Reviewing) has 17 minutes of extra footage. this includes more of Willis in the buff and an extra sultry scene with Leslie Ann Warren and Jane March.
The best review came from Patrick Riley, an Adult Film Reviewer (Not The NBA Coach/Owner). He said, Quote: This is not nearly as bad story-wise as the mainstream critics would have you believe, has a considerable amount of non-obvious suspense, some reasonable action sequences and bittersweet romantic background. Willis is a psychologist in New York who has a patient jump to her death from his Park Avenue office and, devastated by this, he takes a trip to Los Angeles to stay with a college friend and fellow psychologist. The LA psychologist is killed early on and Bruce takes over his group therapy patients, one of whom may be the killer. Willis meets Jane in a fender bender accident and it's love at first sight but it seems she's not quite what she appears to be: Unquote. The rest was filler, but between the two reviews you will get the gauge of the storyline.
Now for my personal take. I first rented this film from the now defunct Potomac Video Store. It came with a five tape special. I loved it when I saw it in 1998 or 1999. I was surprised by how much I'd forgotten about the film in 20 years' time. For instance, I had no idea who the bad guy was in the film. I actually thought it was someone from the group. In a way it was/is, but at the same time we are led to believe that others may have been responsible for the killing(s).
The sex in this DVD is the best I've ever seen in a mainstream Hollywood film. That includes Sliver and Basic Instinct and Body Heat. Jane March was married to the producer of this film, according to Patrick Riley. Her portrayal of the vulnerable and innocent Rose showed much range for a young actress with very little acting experience. She did well and this was a testament to Richard Rush, the director. Patrick Riley went on to say she [March] is an angel. "Petite, very pretty face, slight overbite, smiling, demure, child-woman personality, washboard flat belly, tight waist, medium-sized firm breasts, long brown hair--a standard by which all other females should be measured." I must agree with those words. See Jane March in The Lover and you will be in even more awe of her sexuality.
I'm the 184th person to review this fine film. Buy it and you won't be disappointed. My one quibble is it is only available in full screen and not in widescreen.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.