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Dangerous Indiscretion

A rich man, his beautiful wife, and her young lover form a triangle of romance and revenge in this above average direct-to-video selection bolstered by good casting and high production values. One night, advertising executive Jim Lomax (C. Thomas Howell) picks up a beautiful woman in a grocery store and they have an affair. Unfortunately for him, she's Caroline Everett (Joan Severance), the wife of rich, powerful, and vengeful businessman Roger Everett (Malcolm McDowell). When Caroline meets Jim again, their relationship blossoms. Roger finds out, and sets out to ruin Lomax's life. He doesn't keep it a secret though: as part of the rush for Roger is in the illicit couple's realization that they're powerless to stop him. He hires Lomax's agency to promote and rally public support for a $60 million oceanfront development--ads portray Roger as a loving, family man; then, he has Lomax fired. Jim retaliates and lands in jail. Caroline bails him out, and they conspire to get Roger. They obtain footage of Roger attempting to bribe a public official and broadcast it on TV. Finally, the two men are prepared to duel to the death over the woman they want, but it's Caroline who ends up shooting Roger. Thankfully brief and straightforward, DANGEROUS INDISCRETION has a simple story to tell and doesn't try to complicate or overdramatize it. Though it's still a movie where Jim asks Caroline, "Who are you?" after they have sex, and Roger quotes Japanese warrior philosophy, the script is otherwise free of ridiculous pretension. The film also displays a suitably crisp visual style. Direct-to-video regulars Severance and Howell, paired in the woeful PAYBACK, are well cast here, as the trophy wife, and the superficial lothario. It's McDowell's presence that really raises the level of the work. He played a number of villains around the time of the this movie (STAR TREK: GENERATIONS, TANK GIRL), and he brings just the right tone of devious and subtle menace to his portrayal of Roger.(Nudity, sexual situations, profanity, violence.)