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MOVIE REVIEWS : LOOKS AT LOVE'S DARK, LIGHT SIDES : 'Someone to Watch' an Erotic Thriller of Clashing Cultures

October 09, 1987|MICHAEL WILMINGTON

Yet, when the camera simply follows the reckless couple through their dangerous night, washed in cool shadows and jewellike color, the glamour surges back up. Even if "Someone to Watch Over Me" (MPAA-rated R: for sex and violence) is flawed, it's the kind of film that offers you many subsidiary pleasures--Berenger's watchful blue stare, Bracco's tough accent, Rogers' swanky self-assurance, the flood of gorgeous imagery cascading past, and, most of all, Scott's rapturous views of the city. Illogical, flawed or forced thrillers are all too common. Ones that knock your eyes out are rare.

'SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME' A Columbia Pictures presentation. Producers Thierry de Ganay, Harold Schneider. Director, executive producer Ridley Scott. Script Howard Franklin. Camera Steven Poster. Production design Jim Bissell. Music Michael Kamen. Editor Claire Simpson. With Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco, Jerry Orbach, John Rubinstein, Andreas Katsulas.

Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes.

MPAA rating: R (younger than 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian).

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