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COLOR OF NIGHT

     

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kino Lorber gives Blu-ray upgrade to the strangest titles sometimes, such as this one, a Bruce Willis vehicle that was vilified on every front and did poorly at the box office. I guess someone likes it. But not me. Here’s my review, published Sept. 8, 1994, in the Deseret News.

"Color of Night" is more notorious for what is not on the screen than what is. Quite a bit of the sex and nudity in this film was deleted so the film could receive an R rating instead of the dreaded NC-17.

But what everyone seems to ignore in disputes like this is that if the movie is no good, it hardly matters. No amount of graphic sexual material could make "Color of Night" more interesting.

Now, a better script. …

Bruce Willis stars as a psychologist who has been traumatized because a patient jumped through his office window, which was way up there in a New York high-rise.

     

Brad Dourif, left, Lesley Ann Warren, Jane March, Lance Henriksen, 'Color of Night'

So he heads for Los Angeles to be consoled by a friend and colleague (Scott Bakula), who just happens to conduct the weirdest weekly group session in the history of psychotherapy.

Among the group patients are a kleptomaniac/nymphomaniac (Lesley Ann Warren), a rough-and-tumble grieving widower (Lance Henriksen), an obsessive-compulsive bookish nerd (Brad Dourif), a psychotic painter (Kevin J. O'Connor) and a mannish young woman with a secret.

When Bakula is killed, apparently by a member of the group, Willis reluctantly takes over his practice — or his group, anyway — after some prodding by an overzealous homicide detective (Ruben Blades).

Later, a sexy young woman (Jane March) enters the picture, apparently to provide sexual window-dressing, though she eventually figures in the mystery.

     

The problems here are many but the worst is the plot itself, which is handled as a comedy-mystery, complete with goofy music whenever the group comes together for a session.

The characters are thin at best, the plotting is completely illogical and after a short time, the mystery is obvious.

It's time Willis fired his agent. Or maybe it would help if he'd simply read the scripts before agreeing to star in the films.

"Color of Night" is rated R for violence, sex, nudity, profanity and vulgarity.