MALICE
1993, Warner Bros., 107 min, Canada/USA, Dir: Harold Becker

A love triangle is fueled by an insurance scam in this contemporary thriller set in a New England college town. Associate dean Andy Safian (Bill Pullman) and wife Tracy (Nicole Kidman) could use some extra money to renovate their new home; when hot-shot surgeon Jed Hill (Alec Baldwin) arrives looking for a room to rent, it seems like the perfect solution. But when Tracy needs emergency surgery, it results in a malpractice suit against Hill - who may not be what he seems. The outstanding cast includes Anne Bancroft, George C. Scott, Bebe Neuwirth and Gwyneth Paltrow.


SEA OF LOVE
1989, Universal, 113 min, USA, Dir: Harold Becker

Burned-out New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) gets the call when a man is found murdered with a 45 of the song “Sea of Love” at his bedside. Among Keller’s few leads is a personals ad that had been placed by the victim; teaming up with another investigator (John Goodman) working a similar case, they place an ad of their own. Among the women it attracts is Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), and though she can’t be eliminated as a suspect, Keller begins a relationship with her. There’s terrific chemistry among the leads (Pacino earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance), and this hit erotic thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.


THE BLACK MARBLE
1980, 113 min, Dir: Harold Becker

Paula Prentiss is a cop who falls in love with her new partner (Robert Foxworth), but his alcoholic struggle to deal with the realities of his work creates a major obstacle. Adapted from a novel by Joseph Wambaugh. With James Woods, Harry Dean Stanton and Christopher Lloyd.


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