Monday, April 27, 2009

Baby Blue Eyes (film), 1987

A couple nights ago, after dinner and drinks, Jeff and Pat and I had the idea to invent a wholly fake movie from the past with the idea of creating a little on-line hoax. As these kind of ideas always go, it was a lot funnier (and more fun) at the moment of conception than it seemed just minutes later when we considered how hard we would actually have to work at it to get the thing out there. Nonetheless, I am still rather amused at what we came up with. So I present our partial phony article below for your amusement (and don't tell me you wouldn't think for at least a moment that it could be real if you saw it on Wiki!)...

Baby Blue Eyes (film), 1987

Baby Blue Eyes is an American film, written and directed by Sam Raimi (based on Raymond Chandler's novel of the same title). The film is considered to be the first example of the “San Francisco New Noir Genre,” which remained popular for the next decade. It is the first of several such films pairing Susan Sarandon and Al Pacino in starring roles.

Sarandon portrays Kay Quinn, the wife of a murder victim, who seeks the assistance of a private detective Victor Caranza (Pacino) to investigate the death of her husband. During the course of events, passion flares between Quinn and Caranza. Soon the detective is heartbroken when evidence begins to point toward Quinn herself as the murderer. He eventually engages in a plot to frame Quinn’s sister, who had been having an affair with the murdered husband. Caranza ultimately decides to let Quinn’s sister go to the gallows for the crime.

Though the film was well regarded by critics, it never received a wide theatrical release and was largely snubbed by the Academy. Natasha Kinski, however, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her manic portrayal of grocery store clerk Sasha Knieling. Also given an Oscar nomination, for Best Song, were Joe Jackson and Patty Smyth for their duet “In Your Baby Blue Eyes” which reached number 21 on the Billboard Pop Chart in July of 1987. The winner of the song Oscar that year however, was the band Mike and the Mechanics for their theme to Oliver Stone’s Christmastown...

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Anonymous said...

There's an anthology idea: reviews of films that never were. Kind of like the guide to discredited diseases. :).

Oh, and Joe Jackson and Patty Smyth? You've gone too far!


Christopher Fletcher said...

Hah! That may be the detail of which we were most proud! An abomination!

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe this film was snubbed by the Academy...!

Pat Eisel said...

Dang, not Patty Smyth of Scandal but Patti Smith solo rock goddess, hall-of-famer. Go watch, listen and get baptized

Christopher Fletcher said...

Yeah, Pat, I know that was our intention at the time...but somehow it's just a little bit funnier like this!


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