This film is finally on DVD. What took them so long, anyway?
Blue City, a 1986 film that was loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by Ross McDonald, is one of the most underrated films of the 1980's. The film reunites the team of Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy who appeared in two other favorite 1980's films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. It also has a scorching soundtrack by Blues/Rock legend Ry Cooder.
Blue City is about a young man named Billy Turner(Nelson)who returns home to reconcile with his father, who was at the time the mayor of the town, only to learn that his father was murdered. Almost immediately, he starts a campaign of finding out who murdered his father and make him pay for what he did. Along with his best friend Joey(played by a young David Caruso), they start a two man crime wave that sets the small town on fire (so to speak)and where they have run-in's with the crooked police chief(Paul Winfield; May he rest in peace). Along the way, he admits his feelings to Joey's sister Annie(Sheedy), who in turn admits her feelings for him, and the two start a romantic relationship. With mounting evidence building up, the trio feel that they have enough to nail a local night club owner named Perry Kerch(Scott Wilson)who is married to Billy's father's widow Melvina(Anita Morris)for the murder of Billy's father. The question is; Is Perry Kerch really the man responsible or is someone else very close to Billy's father responsible?
Nelson and Sheedy still make a great team as Billy and Annie and Caruso delivers a very good performance as Annie's brother and Billy's best friend Joey. Paul Winfield steals the show as the crooked police chief Luther Reynolds who is determined to stop Billy from finding out who really killed his father(a plot twist that actually makes you wonder)following some good supporting performances by Scott Wilson and Anita Morris as Perry and Melvina. Rounding off is an early supporting performance by Julie Carmen as a two-faced prostitute named Debbie Torres. Combined with a sizzling soundtrack composed by the great Blues/Rock legend Ry Cooder, this film is a very entertaining actioner from the time period and a very watchable film that you can enjoy again and again. I saw this film back in 1986 at a local bargain cinema and it was well worth the money that I paid to see it. Nelson and Sheedy are wonderful as Billy and Annie and the action never lets up until the bitter end.
One important trivia note: This film was on Paramount's shelves for almost a year before release. I know this because the soundtrack's copyrighted year was 1985, which states this on the right picture of Nelson and Sheedy on the soundtrack album cover, which I happen to have on vinyl.
Pros: The colors are bright. The audio sounds much better and the soundtrack music sounds even crisper.
Cons: No special features like a theatrical trailer, TV spots(there were lots of them back in the day on television when the film was released. The film was intensely promoted by Paramount repeatedly)or even a commentary track by director Michelle Manning or even by Nelson, Sheedy and Caruso and above all, no interviews with the cast and crew or even trivia sections like awards or backgrounds of the actors and crew involved.
Still, it is on DVD finally and that is still great.
Overall, Blue City is severely underrated and is an entertaining film to enjoy again and again. If you saw this back in the day and want to rediscover it again if you enjoyed it, by all means rent it or better yet buy it to enjoy over and over. No fan of Nelson, Sheedy or any action film fan should be without this gem.