Forthcoming: Jagged Edge

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Forthcoming: Jagged Edge

#1 Post by yoloswegmaster » Fri May 29, 2020 9:27 pm

Indicator to release 'Jagged Edge'. Can't wait for the next Joe Eszterhas clue!

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#2 Post by swo17 » Fri May 29, 2020 9:35 pm

Another Marquand film, interesting

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#3 Post by domino harvey » Fri May 29, 2020 9:37 pm

Robert Loggia’s Oscar nomination for Jagged Edge is one of the most inexplicable of the Academy’s occasional weirdo noms (and I like Loggia!)

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#4 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri May 29, 2020 9:37 pm

Return of the Jedi next obv

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#5 Post by domino harvey » Fri May 29, 2020 9:39 pm

My writeup from the 80s List
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Jagged Edge (Richard Marquand 1985) I am reminded of the rather awful Joseph Cotten "mystery" Blueprint for Murder, where the solution to the whodunnit is so obvious and blatant that for most of the film, the audience is teetering towards believing it must be a work of misdirection, because no film could be that stupid. And then, you know... Same here, unfortunately. Robert Loggia has five minutes screentime and no interesting lines, story- or dialog-wise, or other points of interest that would point to his receiving a Best Supporting Actor nom, but that happened too, and why that happened is the real whodunnit here.

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#6 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Sat May 30, 2020 3:58 am

It's this and the Ridley Scott that deliver the shit to make the roses grow.

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#7 Post by colinr0380 » Sat May 30, 2020 6:41 am

Well Jagged Edge is sort of
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Basic Instinct if done straight and gender swapped. In that sense I have always found it an essential companion piece to the Verhoeven film, and to see how Basic Instinct ramps all the standard beats by that stage of such a 'did he or didn't he?' plot up to 11. I like it very much on those terms.

It is also in that brief trend of 'female crusading lawyers falling for their shifty clients and/or jurors series of 80s films (probably coming in the wake of this film) with the Peter Yates film Suspect starring Cher, Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson a couple of years afterwards feeling somewhat in the same territory.
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#8 Post by cdnchris » Sat May 30, 2020 1:10 pm

This was the movie so ineptly done that people couldn't recognize who the killer was when their face was finally revealed (spoilers of course). Though he was told it was confusing, the director thought it was fine.

I remember it being painfully obvious who the killer was going to be, but Jesus, I had to freeze the VHS at the reveal to actually make sure.

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#9 Post by What A Disgrace » Sat May 30, 2020 2:02 pm

If they're going to make it a habit of releasing random films directed by people who made a Star Wars, then I hope this is the last of the Marquands, because the others sound dire.

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#10 Post by domino harvey » Sat May 30, 2020 2:03 pm

cdnchris wrote:
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This was the movie so ineptly done that people couldn't recognize who the killer was when their face was finally revealed (spoilers of course). Though he was told it was confusing, the director thought it was fine.

I remember it being painfully obvious who the killer was going to be, but Jesus, I had to freeze the VHS at the reveal to actually make sure.
How could someone who had seen as movies as Siskel actually think who he thought was the murderer before the reveal was the murderer? Did... did he not watch the film?

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#11 Post by cdnchris » Sat May 30, 2020 2:16 pm

I was surprised by that part as well! It's an incredibly shitty shot but anyone who has seen a thriller before (and especially someone who has seen as many as Siskel) will know. It's only because of the bad angle of the reveal you have to look harder to confirm what you already knew, making sure they didn't actually pull the rug out from under you.



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#12 Post by brundlefly » Sat May 30, 2020 7:12 pm

Siskel took it to the airwaves as well. I remembered this awkward "turn down the volume and I'll whisper" segment more vividly than anything about the film. Look away, lip readers.

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#13 Post by Dr Amicus » Sun May 31, 2020 5:36 am

I have a soft spot for this film, it was the first 18 certificate film I got to see at a cinema. I was 16 at the time and it was the first 18 film that the reopened cinema here in Guernsey had shown (our Gaumont closed in 1984 and the local leisure centre was refitted to act as a part time cinema to reopen in 86). Anecdotally, the talking point I was aware of was the massive jump scare near the end - it really worked in a packed cinema auditorium - and was what one of my friends who'd seen it in the UK had said about the film beforehand. But it's nice to know I wasn't the only one really confused by the reveal shot - and I knew the ending (thanks to a review in the Observer of a later film with one of its cast members)!

Actually, my memories are that the film - at least in the UK - got really solid reviews and ended up on a couple of best-of lists for the year. I remember enjoying it well enough and still liking it when it turned up on telly. This relates back to the rating - I was surprised by the certificate thinking it should have been a 15 not an 18 - but this got a LOT of complaints when it was shown on TV due to the graphic description of the opening murder.

And on the subject of not dissimilar Joe Eszterhas screenplays - don't forget the Costa-Gavras directed Betrayed and The Music Box, two more is-my-loved-one-a-wrong'un films.

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#14 Post by colinr0380 » Sun May 31, 2020 9:58 am

brundlefly wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 7:12 pm
Look away, lip readers.
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Who or what is "Cleft Smidges?" Is it the DA?
I'm actually looking forward to Arrow or some other company releasing Jade, which I think may be my favourite William Friedkin film.
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#15 Post by MichaelB » Sun May 31, 2020 10:04 am

I apply a very light-touch moderation policy to the Indicator threads - and by "light-touch", I pretty much mean "hands-off" 99.9% of the time - but can we not post blatant spoilers here without tagging them upfront?

Giving away the Psycho shower murder or the finger-pointing at the end of the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one thing, but not everyone will have seen this film, and they might prefer not to have the ending given away, even in the form of a joke.

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#16 Post by colinr0380 » Sun May 31, 2020 10:07 am

You are of course right that 35 years is nowhere near enough time to talk about a film without spoiler tags. Many apologies.

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