- Actors: David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Crenna, Michael Biehn
- Directors: William Friedkin
- Writers: Joe Eszterhas
- Producers: Catherine Meyers, Craig Baumgarten, Gary Adelson, George Goodman, Joe Eszterhas
- Format: NTSC
- Number of tapes: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Paramount
- VHS Release Date: May 29 2001
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- ASIN: 6304179561
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,790 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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Neither director William Friedkin nor star David Caruso could redeem this vulgar, nasty script by Joe Eszterhas. Caruso is a politically ambitious assistant D.A. investigating the gruesome murder of a San Francisco bigwig. Too many clues point in the direction of his former girlfriend (Linda Fiorentino), a shrink who has a secret sideline as call girl to the rich and kinky. For good measure, she's now married to Caruso's best friend, Chazz Palminteri. Friedkin has done much better work in other places; even he can't perform much magic here, though he tries, with a solid car chase (that suffers in comparison to those he staged in French Connection and To Live and Die in L.A.). --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The shaky premise is this: the movie begins with the murder of a wealthy San Franciscan who haggles with historians over priceless artifacts. He is killed in his own home with an Egyptian axe, one of the many pieces he collects. His assassin dawns a creepy tribal fertility mask while hacking him to pieces, and discards it among the bloody panorama, the only clue left for the police who arrive hours later at the scene. We are then introduced to detective David Corelli (Caruso), an experienced policeman in homicide and a dogged pursuer of justice. Cut to a luxurious black and white ball with the seemingly loving couple Matt and Trina Gavin (Palminteri and Fiorentino) waltzing the evening away. Detective Corelli then crashes their joyous soiree by delivering bad news to the Gavins: one of Trina's more recent acquaintances has been murdered. From this point, Trina's sordid extracurricular activities are brought to light and she becomes a prime suspect in Corelli's investigation.
It is not an unforeseen incident to witness another script penned by the sleazy Joe Esterhaz (Basic Instinct, Showgirls) become delightful fodder for the most unforgiving critics in the field. Who I am most disappointed with is director William Friedkin. After critical and financial successes like "The Exorcist", "The French Connection" and "12 Angry Men", one would certainly think that he would never make a faux pas of this proportion. Think again, my friends. Where tactics like impeccably choreographed car chases worked for him in previous films, they fail miserably to pick up the laborious and confusing pace of "Jade" and its listless characters. He even gave the inept crimson-haired Pantene model Angie Everhart a job playing a fledgling prostitute.
What I did enjoy was the original score, paired with the beautiful Moroccan-influenced "Mystic's Dream" by Celtic chanteuse Loreena McKennitt. I liked the flavor it lent to the Asian theme (which was poorly done, by the way) and it gave sufficient steam to the shoddy sex scenes. I was ill-advised when this was recommended to me, and I have a better suggestion to others if they want a good sex/murder thriller: "Basic Instinct". It's the one and only good Esterhaz movie I've seen and the team of Douglas and Stone never falter in delivering the intrigue and eroticism.
The problem is that the script is trash. It's not much more than a 'Basic Instinct' clone with elements, such as ones set in Chinatown, that lead nowhere at all. They just fill the skimpy story out to a feature length running time. Of course, if you are studying script writing, you get some ideas of what not to do.
The marvelous cast is wasted because this is one of those movies where the characters do what they do only because the script says they must. AS a result, Caruso, Fiorentino and Palmenteri can do nothing more than give a little color to their cardboard characters.