It’s always fun to peruse the impressive career of writer-director Michael Crichton, whose brilliant, commercially savvy ideas so often hit the mark. He even invented a plausibly credible dinosaur movie. This 1981 thriller may be his least coherent show, with too many screwy ideas and a supporting cast that needed better direction. Yet it has the winning combination of Albert Finney and Susan Dey, and some very original thriller elements.



Warner Archive Collection

1981 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date September 18, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Albert Finney, Susan Dey, James Coburn, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dorian Harewood, Tim Rossovich, Darryl Hickman, Kathryn Witt, Terri Welles.

Cinematography: Paul Lohmann

Film Editor: Carl Kress

Production Designer Dean Edward Mitzner

Original Music: Barry DeVorzon

Produced by Howard Jeffrey

Written and Directed by Michael Crichton

Best-selling writer Michael Crichton got into directing early, and by the time of Coma and The Great Train Robbery

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