A thick, incoherent plot trips up this steamy melodrama about fading football player Terry Brogan (Jeff Bridges) sent to track down Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward), the runaway mistress of small-time bookie and nightclub owner Jake Wise (James Woods).
The story ranges from a torrid love affair in Mexico to corruption, murder and double crosses in Los Angeles.
An exciting car chase on Sunset Boulevard (between a Porsche 911 SC and a Ferrari 308 GTSi) brings the film to its climax but fails to resolve the plot, and what worked well as a modestly-produced 1940s film noir (Out of the Past), now looks overblown.
Jane Greer features as Ward’s Mother, Richard Widmark is Greer’s real-estate agent husband, and Alex Karras is a football buddy of Bridges, sent to Mexico by Woods to see what is going on between Bridges and Ward.
The film spawned a singles chart hit for Phil Collins with the wistful opening theme, Take A Look At Me Now.