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Masquerade ***½ (1988, Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall, Doug Savant, John Glover, Dana Delany) – Classic Movie Review 4395

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Rob Lowe stars as an insinuating creepy charmer in director Bob Swaim’s smooth, slick and satisfying 1988 Hitchcockian neo noir thriller.

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Lowe confidently takes on a Cary Grant-style role in an unofficial remake of Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941), in Dick Wolf’s screenplay that tells the story of a magnetically handsome young playboy, yacht racing captain Tim, who marries a rich, mousey young woman (Meg Tilly), the recently orphaned millionairess Olivia, who hates her scheming stepfather.

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Unfortunately Tim is not truthful with the love-struck Olivia, and, what’s more, he may or may not be planning to murder her.

Swaim’s movie is a lightweight but extremely pretty looking and thoroughly enjoyable romantic thriller, beautifully photographed at the seaside near New York City. Lowe and Tilly make a lot out of roles that are fairly thinly sketched in a screenplay that, like Suspicion’s, just does not get quite dangerous enough. But Masquerade is still sleek, sexy, slippery entertainment.

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The young Lowe obligingly gets his kit off and looks cute as he makes love with Tilly and Kim Cattrall. This film was a good move for Lowe at the time, a more-adult step up and away from his earlier teen movies.

Also in the cast are Doug Savant, John Glover, Dana Delany, Erik Holland, Brian Davies and Barton Heyman.

© Derek Winnert 2016 Classic Movie Review 4395

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