This is a rough tough story, rated R in the USA.
User comments at IMDb appear to be mixed. Some like this a lot. Some consider it weak compared to other stories in whatever genre they experience it as being part of. At least one considers the whole thing to be offensive for reasons of morality. I like it, but need untangling afterwards, there are real issues being tickled in this.
The spoiler flag is because I am trying to muse on some difficult bits.
I experience the genre as Booby Buster.
A spy cops gangster movie with bosoms that shine strong when their cute holders are busted.
Some will consider such a genre to be immoral. Some will consider it to be a way to pass the time. Some will consider it to be a ball crusher, not for the squeamish. Some will not be surprised at a winking corpse.
Hopefully there is scope for considering Quicksand to primarily be of a very different genre.
This as a sub genre, there are young people involved. I know other features close to this sub genre.
One has a young Michael Caine. He travels to Newcastle because a relative has been killed and finds that the death was because a gangster had turned the early teen daughter to prostitution. I was too tied up by puritan ways when I saw this first to notice if there were bosoms. Modern times do make this feature stick in my memory, though. This might merit a different label to Booby Buster.
Another is a spy story, a double agent who is not known as such, he climbs to the top of the Soviet spy world and is high in the USA spy world. Booby. He is putting the pressure on someone and has kidnapped most of the family to give himself pawns to use as pressure points. I did find this story a bit hot, okay. Modern times, it also sticks in the memory, for me.
I assume that young people are needed for Quicksand to properly tell its story. That it is not gratuitous. Also, the Slavic pair do not shine, they cover and run.
For me, a lot of modern Disney for kids is an equivalent to Booby B. Grit mixed with glam.
Sticking in the memory.
As an underclass big baby, I have been under long term pressure. Bratislava.
On one side is pressure to follow puritan ways, my past makes me consider that to be a horrible way to be living dead. Quicksand. Becoming one of the countless grains of smoothed grit.
On the other is pressure to black bra and panties -, which for a fool is more like maroon bra and panties. Pressure to baby level in a lot of ways and ways to mature from baby level are regularly pruned. This is a different living death to the puritan way. Quicksand.
To be able to watch a Booby Buster with no lingering trouble, I assume that one needs a mature and healthy sexual and social life and underclass cum big babies are under pressure for that to not be able to happen. Ever. This feature gives me lingering tangles that take a while to get a practical solution for. I still rate Quicksand, though I do not like such genre.
The rough stuff with a girl and young women. One of the range of natural outcomes when Booby Buster cannot be faced okay? In part? Both sides as victims, everyone becomes grit?
This is my first UK DVD purchase from a La California second hand disk store. Three full weeks to arrive and a lot about this story is not bland. My disk rates an Oscar.
I purchased it because it is a Clare Thomas, her of the 9ish Aggie of Madeline 1998. The term Booby Buster is from her in that role.
Clare in Quicksand, very much an opposite to her others that I have. Those are fun and light, kiddie stuff, if with elements of the storyline of this one. In a way this fits her work well, just her bits miss out on the warmth that make the early work of such as her and Ashley Johnson stand out for me. The warmth here is grown up and comes from such as Michael Keaton, things are up side down.
It is also an opposite in that she only appears occasionally.
Clare at age 13, playing the daughter of the main actor, Keaton. Let down by dad, then kidnapped, if eventually rescued by dad she has every reason to say that reality is quicksand for this 13. She shines brightly in this, but I really prefer her other roles.
I like it that Caine is in this, just because of the genre echoes.
He plays an aging actor who is not in tune with being a person, quicksand. But he can act. The non person appears briefly, in the early parts, later we are shown the other aspect. He has to cover a range of qualities and the weak is pure ham and the effective is extremely effective. It is easy to consider that he has a lousy script, but really it is just the role.
Quicksand is not so far from the world of Anna Popplewell and Thunderpants 2001, which is a waste sort of thing. Instead of Caine there is Rupert Grint. It is not Booby B.