Bird Of Prey

on October 04, 1996 by Dale Winogura
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A hopelessly inept and incomprehensible shambles, "Bird of Prey" is full of convoluted plotting, contrived situations, undeveloped characters, vague motivations, hokey dialogue, slovenly acting, and lackluster moviemaking. Director Temistocles Lopez ("Chain of Desire") fails to give his bleak, shadowy visual style any force or cohesion, thereby losing whatever suspense, intrigue and political statement for which the story aims.
A Bulgarian dissident (a mechanical, vacant portrayal by co-scripter/producer Boyan Milushev) and an American photojournalist (Lenny Von Dohlen, with not enough gravity and too much levity) join forces to avenge injustices committed on them by an American businessman (Richard Chamberlain, wasted and ineffectual) connected with Bulgarian arms and drug rackets. As Chamberlain's daughter, who becomes romantically involved with the dissident, Jennifer Tilly provides a squeaky voice and comedic manner that are hilariously wrong. Almost as discordant is Lesley Ann Warren's forced sultry attitude as Chamberlain's lover, who sings a few gratuitous songs in tacky nightclub scenes. Starring Jennifer Tilly, Boyan Milushev, Richard Chamberlain and Lenny Von Dohlen. Directed by Temistocles Lopez. Written by Boyan Milushev, James J. Mellon, Tracy Hall Adams and Lynette Prucha. Produced by Boyan Milushev and Jonathan Debin. A Northern Arts release. Suspense/drama. R for sexuality, language and some violence. Running time: 101 min.
Tags: ennifer Tilly, Boyan Milushev, Richard Chamberlain and Lenny Von Dohlen. Directed by Temistocles Lopez. Written by Boyan Milushev, James J. Mellon, Tracy Hall Adams and Lynette Prucha, Produced by Boyan Milushev, Jonathan Debin, Northern Arts, Suspense drama
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