Those in the mood for soft-core that doesn't take itself seriously should sample MIDNIGHT BLUE. Sexy and droll, this erotic romp is evanescent but likable, as it sees both the humor and the obsessive justification in lust at first sight.
While attending a conference in sultry New Orleans, banker Marty (Damian Chapa) becomes sexually obsessed with a call girl, Martine (Annabel Schofield), that he has spent a particularly pleasurable night with. As he prepares to take a new job in LA, he can no longer consider settling down with his
loyal girlfriend, Barbara (Jennifer Jostyn). All he can think of is Martine.
When Martine vanishes, Marty frantically searches for her pimp and hires a private eye, Katz (Dean Stockwell), to find her. When Katz closes in on his quarry, Martine's associates give him a thrashing that leaves him unconscious. At his new job, Marty becomes the confidant of his boss, Mr. Collier
(Steve Kanaly). When he meets Collier's wife Georgine (also Schofield), Marty is astonished to find that she is a dead ringer for Martine. Reliving his experience with Martine, he seduces Georgine in his apartment. Collier walks in on the adulterous tryst. During a fight with Marty, Collier hits
his head and appears dead. Marty disposes of the body, but becomes the focus of a police investigation. Pretending to be dead, Collier plans to disappear. When he is questioned by the police, Marty gradually learns that he's been set up to take the fall for an ambitious scam: Collier and his wife,
Georgine, planned to fake his death to cover a $5 million embezzlement. In order to do this, they paid Georgine's twin sister, Martine, to pique Marty's interest in New Orleans. But Georgine double-crosses her husband, absconding with the money and clearing Marty by tipping off the police to
Collier's scheme. Marty settles down with Barbara, and Georgine and Martine are reunited in New Orleans; their plot to doublecross Collier is now complete. They split the embezzled $5 million with their father, Eric (Harry Dean Stanton), who is revealed to have been the actual architect of the
Director Skott Snider makes something better out of MIDNIGHT BLUE than its tired script deserves. Much of the film's success is due to the charm of Damian Chapa as the sexually unadventurous Marty, and the electricity of Annabel Schofield in a dual role as manipulative call girl and scheming
society dame. Because the screenplay makes Marty's whore-redemption fantasy so believable, we don't disparage his fool's mission to locate his mystery dame. Although an omnibus film might have better served this lightweight saga, this mattress romp entertainingly toys with film noir mainstays
without diminishing the sexual vigor of Marty's crusade. The cagey casting of Dean Stockwell and Harry Dean Stanton, who've both done time in crime flicks, helps sustain the film noir aura. (Graphic violence, extensive nudity, extreme profanity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
Cast & Details See all »
- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: Those in the mood for soft-core that doesn't take itself seriously should sample MIDNIGHT BLUE. Sexy and droll, this erotic romp is evanescent but likable, as it sees both the humor and the obsessive justification in lust at first sight. While attending a… (more)