Total Exposure

  • 1991
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Thriller

A predictable, if well-produced, urban thriller, TOTAL EXPOSURE rehashes several of the plot elements familiar to this overworked genre. Trouble begins for ace fashion photographer Andi Robinson (Season Hubley) soon after she finds and flushes a kilo of cocaine smuggled into L.A. by model Kathy (Deborah Driggs) from their magazine shoot in Mexico. Kathy's...read more

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A predictable, if well-produced, urban thriller, TOTAL EXPOSURE rehashes several of the plot elements familiar to this overworked genre.

Trouble begins for ace fashion photographer Andi Robinson (Season Hubley) soon after she finds and flushes a kilo of cocaine smuggled into L.A. by model Kathy (Deborah Driggs) from their magazine shoot in Mexico. Kathy's vicious, ponytailed partner Zach (Robert Prentiss) wants his drugs and

starts searching; eventually he kills Kathy and frames Andi for the murder. Detective Collins (Bob Delegall) suggests Andi hire his ex-partner-turned-private-eye Dave (Michael Nouri) to clear her name. While falling in love, the pair discover that Kathy, a truly busy lady, and Andi's assistant

Mark (Christian Bocher) have been blackmailing corrupt, anti-porn D.A. Keynes (Jeff Conaway) with tapes of his lovemaking sessions with Kathy. The climax has both Zach and a now equally berserk Mark terrorizing Andi, who shoots Zach with a spear gun but relies on Dave's nick-of-time arrival to

kill Mark.

John Quinn directs TOTAL EXPOSURE with occasional verve, but Lynn Dahlgren and Quinn's convoluted screenplay is tiresomely familiar. The acting is fine, including veteran leads Hubley (HARDCORE, VICE SQUAD) and Nouri (FLASHDANCE, THE HIDDEN), and there are some spunky bit parts, especially by

Dean Devlin as a porn bookstore manager, John Goff as a sleazy photographer and Anthony Russell as Harry Andi's portly, crass but likable agent and publisher of the glitzy Nouveau magazine, a setting which gives Quinn the opportunity to decorate the film, glossily photographed by Kent Wakefield,

with abundant female flesh. (Violence, profanity, sexual situations, nudity.)

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  • Released: 1991
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A predictable, if well-produced, urban thriller, TOTAL EXPOSURE rehashes several of the plot elements familiar to this overworked genre. Trouble begins for ace fashion photographer Andi Robinson (Season Hubley) soon after she finds and flushes a kilo of… (more)

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