Mike D'Angelo
November 28, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Shades of Fear

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
John Hurt, Jonathan Pryce, Vanessa Redgrave
director
Beeban Kidron
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a D

Despite Shades of Fear‘s the stellar cast, this abysmal romantic thriller, which has apparently been gathering dust for three years, is best viewed while wearing shades of fear, earplugs of trepidation, and a restraining harness of justifiable concern that the tape might ”accidentally” wind up in a million pieces on your living-room floor. Everything is exactly what it seems when art historian John Hurt, whose wife was murdered by an unscrupulous forger nine years earlier, encounters suspicious Scotsman Jonathan Pryce on an ocean liner bound for England. Hurt thinks Pryce looks uncannily like the supposedly dead culprit. You think? D

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