The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on August 31, 1984 · 33
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 33

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Friday, August 31, 1984
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4 Tart V I Friday, August 31, 1S4 J Co a Angeles (Times MOVIE REVIEW 'FLASHPOINT LINKED TO J.F.K. SLAYING Hv KKVIN THOMAS. Times Staff Writer In "Flashpoint" (ciiywidc). Krs Knstofferson and Treat Williams arc a couple of U.S. tordor patrolmen, about to be rendered obsolete by the very radar equipment they're installing when they uncover a rusted jeep with 15X13 Texas plates and containing a corpse, a rifle with a telescopic lens and $300,000 cash. Now Williams, although hotheaded, is a very moral guy; he won't take the money until he's absolutely sure they've as much right to it as anyone else. This means researching the newspapers for a story about a robbery for that amount of money taking place in Texas in 1963; they stop winding the microfilm when they reach the Nov. 22. 19G3. headlines. They still want the money, in spite of possible dangerous implications, but Williams also wants to even a few scores before cutting out. Needless to say, they're quickly way over their heads. It's an awfully late date for yet another thriller inspired by the J.F.K. assassination-conspiracy theory, and at no lime does anyone need a picture as badly contrived as this one. For openers, what are border patrolmen doing patrolling apparently outside of San Antonio, hundreds of miles from the Texas-Mexico border? (Perhaps such geographical vagueness is the result of the film having been shot in Arizona. ) At any rate, that's where they come across San Antonio telephone operators Tess Harper and Jean Smart, who have car trouble and, after short acquaintance, are not averse to bedding down with the officers. Knstofferson and Williams also ask them to check out two phone numbers found in the corpse's wallet without even warning them to be discreet about it! Adapted by Dennis Shryack and Michael Butler from George La Fountaine's novel, "Flashpoint" is so intent on self-destructing that there's no point in belaboring it. Actually, under William Tannen's direction, Knstofferson and Williams are quite good as a pair of none-too-bright but likable guys. They are well enough drawn to make you wonder how the film, which has style, energy and a sinister Tangerine Dream score. 'FLASH MM NT A Tri-SUr release of a Home Ron Office production in association with Silver Screen Partner. Producer Skip Short. Director William Tannen. Screenplay Dennis Shryack, Michael Butler-, based on the book by George La Fountain. Camera Peter Moss. Music Tangerine Dream. Production designer Paul Greiman. Associate producers Michael Appel. Francette Mace, him editor David Garfield. Additional editing Kichard S. Wickert. Running lime: 1 hour, 33 minutes. MPAA-rated: R (persons under 17 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian). could have so many loose ends to trip it up. But what a waste, not only of us stars but also of Kip Torn (in a bad wig) as an old Texas Ranger, Kevin Conway as Kristof-ferson's and Williams' nasty, opportunistic boss and Kurlwood Smith as a cynical, mysterious government agent. Lake other films that invoke assassination conspiracies, "Flashpoint" (rated R for some sex, violence and strong language) ends up being merely confusing. THEATRE GUILD SEEKING SCRIPTS The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild is accepting full-length, unpub lished, unproduced scripts for its 1985 Playwright Award contest. First prize is $3,000, with another $2,000 being made available for a Los Angeles production within the year. Application forms are mandatory and can be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Playwright Award, 2815 Beach- wood Drive, Los Angeles, 90068. Deadline for entries: Nov. 1. THEY'VE GOT EVERYTHING... including a 10 year old daughter who's suing them for divorce. hy-yt'M' .m m, j. ! , RYAN O'NEAL SHELLEY LONG DREW BARRYM0RE "IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES" A LANTANA PRODUCTION SAM WANAMAKER ALLEN GARFIELD SHARON STONE Director of Photography WILLIAM A. FRAKER,A.S.C. 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