Release dateMarch 9, 1984 CastDebra Winger (Betty Parrish), Mark Keyloun (Mike), Darrell Larson (Pete), Brooke Alderson (Patty), Paul Winfield (Phillip), Robert Crosson (Sam) Similar moviesUnlawful Entry, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Sea of Love, The Canyons, Gone Baby Gone, No Good Deed
TaglineThe mystery that led her into a world of incredible danger.
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Mike's Murder is a 1984 American drama mystery thriller film written and directed by James Bridges and starring Debra Winger, Mark Keyloun and Paul Winfield.
In Los Angeles, bank teller Betty Parrish (Debra Winger) has a one-night stand with a young tennis instructor named Mike (Mark Keyloun), but then has only random contact with him over the course of the next two years.
He is a drug dealer. One day Mike calls to tell her he is being chased for encroaching on another criminal's territory. Later, a friend of his calls to say Mike is dead, brutally murdered.
Betty can't let go of him without understanding him better, and tries to find out more. It leads to her discovering Mike's hidden side, including a disturbed acquaintance of his named Pete (Darrell Larson) and a record producer named Philip (Paul Winfield) who apparently was involved with Mike in a gay relationship. Betty's own life is placed in peril by the story's end.
Debra Winger as Betty Parrish
Mark Keyloun as Mike
Darrell Larson as Pete
Brooke Alderson as Patty
Paul Winfield as Philip
Robert Crosson as Sam
Daniel Shor as Richard
William Ostrander as Randy
Warner Brothers reportedly was unhappy about the project because of its premise with the drug-fixated underpinnings of the L.A. entertainment world and refused to release it until Bridges made some cuts and changes.
The film was originally edited so that the events played chronologically backward and featured a score by singer Joe Jackson. Bridges' original edit was poorly received by test audiences, and Warner Bros. forced him to re-edit it so the story unfolded in a more conventional way. Jackson's score was replaced by a new John Barry score. However, a couple of Jackson's songs remain in the film.
Bridges wrote the film for Winger having worked with her on Urban Cowboy. Her performance in Mike's Murder led the critic Pauline Kael to describe Winger as "a major reason to go on seeing movies in the 1980s".
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution released Mike's Murder on 4 August 2009, as part of the Warner Archive Collection series.