Ludicrous, incomprehensible, and just plain stupid, this inept excuse for a political thriller stars Paige Turco as a reporter more skilled at gunplay and fisticuffs than journalism. Top-billed George Segal and Elliott Gould are in the film only briefly, for which they should be eternally
Reporter Jenny Barron (Paige Turco) is assigned to get an interview with presidential contender Sen. Beau Ashton (George Segal). She plans to make contact with him through her longtime friend Frank Donaldson (Conrad Janis), who is running Ashton's campaign. At a rally, Ashton and running mate Sen.
George Kahn (Elliott Gould) barely escape death at the hands of a gunman, who is captured and imprisoned. Jenny's lover John (Dirk Benedict), whom she thinks works as a government computer security specialist, is actually a killer working for a secret organization. He is warned by a cohort that he
has been targeted by the killers that he has been investigating. Immediately after completing an assignment to kill an Arab diplomat, John himself is killed. On a computer disk given to John by his associate, Jenny finds a list containing the names of some recently deceased public figures--and of
Sen. Ashton. After running from and fighting off various murderous parties who want the disk, she catches up with her friend Frank--only to find that he is part of the plot. After a fight, Jenny kills Frank and his goons, then goes to confront Ashton. But the real villain turns out to be Kahn, who
had been eliminating people he felt would be troublesome to "his" administration. Jenny and Ashton are saved by police agents who have heard Kahn's confession on the wire she has been wearing. Kahn is shot dead by Jenny while he is trying to escape.
Nothing in THE NOVEMBER CONSPIRACY makes much sense, beginning with the fact that this apparently successful reporter has pretty substantial fighting abilities. (It is fairly unusual for a writer to be able to break a man's neck with her calves, even in LA.) The plot is made even murkier by clumsy
editing; the film is filled with meaningless inserts and shots that drag on several beats longer than they should have. The script, which actually features lines like "I want to have your baby!", is credited to Maria Grimm, who also has a painful, ostentatious, and wholly unnecessary supporting
role as Jenny's bubbly Hispanic neighbor, a fledgling artist. Ms. Grimm is also credited with creating some of the artwork displayed in the film. One can't help but wonder if this isn't a pseudonym for Maria Janis, credited as both producer and executive producer and who is presumably the wife of
director and co-star Conrad Janis. It's an appealing explanation, given that movies this wholeheartedly awful can usually be attributed to a single auteur. (Violence, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: Ludicrous, incomprehensible, and just plain stupid, this inept excuse for a political thriller stars Paige Turco as a reporter more skilled at gunplay and fisticuffs than journalism. Top-billed George Segal and Elliott Gould are in the film only briefly, f… (more)