Past Tense (1994)

TV Movie   |  R   |    |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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A former cop, who is now an author, notices an attractive young woman move in next door to him. He strikes up a conversation, one thing leads to another and he spends the night. She asks ... See full summary »

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20 December 2016 | claudio_carvalho
| Delusion or Reality?
The police detective and aspiring writer Gene Ralston (Scott Glenn) is the senior of his partner and friend Larry Talbert (Anthony LaPaglia), who is a gambler and married to Emily (Sheree J. Wilson). When the sexy Tory Bass (Lara Flynn Boyle) moves to the next door, Gene befriends her and she tells she had witnessed a murder and is afraid to die. Gene tells that he is a cop and will protect her, and they have an affair. Later Gene visits Tory and finds her stabbed to death on her bed. Gene investigate the case and soon he learns that his neighbor is Dawn Tripplet (Marita Geraghty), who has been living in the house for thirteen months. Further there is no report of the death of any Tori Bass. Gene visits the psychiatrist Dr. Bert James (David Ogden Stiers) and he lves his office more confused. Soon Gene finds that he is not able to distinguish what is delusion or reality.

"Past Tense" is a great thriller in the neo-noir style with a complex plot that slightly uses the storyline of "Jacob's Ladder". The edition is very-well one and the music score is excellent. Scott Glenn is perfect in the role of a police detective and writer and the sexy and gorgeous Lara Flynn Boyle is in the top of her beauty and career. Unfortunately this underrated film has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Traído pela Ilusão" ("Betrayed by Delusion")

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