Film (1982). Alive Enterprises/MGM-UA. Directed by Alan Rudolph. Written by Rudolph, John Binder, from a story by Judson Klinger, Richard Woods. Cast includes Hoyt Axton, Peter Coyote, Paul Dooley, Robert Urich and JoBeth Williams. 92 minutes. Colour.
This exploitation movie, made in the wake of sensationalist reports emerging from rural areas of the US Midwest about mutilated cattle, features a vacationing New York detective (Urich) uneasily teaming with a local woman sheriff in Colorado (Williams), first to investigate dead cattle falling from the sky and later to probe the roles of local conservative extremists and a paramilitary group. The explanation is nerve-gas testing, part of a right-wing conspiracy with implied official backing. This is a post-Watergate Paranoia movie made by a well-regarded director who did rather better in other films. [PN]
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