Blind Side (HBO film)
|Directed by||Geoff Murphy|
|Produced by||Jay Roewe|
|Written by||Stewart Lindh
|Starring||Rebecca De Mornay
|Music by||Brian May|
|Edited by||Rick Shaine|
|Running time||98 minutes|
Blind Side is an HBO thriller made for television movie filmed in 1992, starring Rutger Hauer, Rebecca De Mornay, and Ron Silver, directed by Geoff Murphy and executive produced by Jeffrey Lurie, John Bard Manulis and John Marsh. It aired on HBO in late 1993 and on NBC in early 1994. It was released theatrically in territories including France, Italy and Sweden.
A married couple, Lynn and Doug Kaines (De Mornay and Silver), owners of an exotic furniture design company, visit Mexico, with Lynn in her first term of pregnancy. On their nighttime return trip, with her at the wheel, they accidentally run into and kill a Mexican police officer in the middle of the road. They make no report of the accident to avoid the perils of a Mexican jail, but slide the dead cop to the side of the road and return to the US. They have the front end damage to their car repaired clandestinely and appear to have gotten away with the killing.
Quite unexpectedly a vagabond named Jake Shell (Hauer), driving a dumpy old camper truck, shows up at their door hinting that he had witnessed the entire incident. Shell is a ne'er-do-well, parasitic, and pathetic excuse for a human being who blackmails the Kaines, who attempt to appease him. There is a physical confrontation with Shell and the Kaineses, along with perverse sexual innuendo, and a suspenseful attempt by the Kaines to rid themselves of their nemesis without revealing their secret.
- Rutger Hauer as Jake Shell
- Rebecca De Mornay as Lynn Kaines
- Ron Silver as Doug Kaines
- Jonathan Banks as Aaron
- Mariska Hargitay as Melanie
- Tamara Clatterbuck as Barbara Hall
The movie was shot in three major locations. The main story of the movie was shot over a three-week period in Altadena, California. The furniture factory showroom used the historic power substation of the Pacific Electric Railway's Mount Lowe line. The building was unoccupied and served well for the set. The residential shoot was done at an old mansion at the corner of New York Drive and Mar Vista Street. The house was up for sale and had been vacant for fourteen months.
The opening scene in Mexico was shot last in Cabo San Lucas after the American location shoots. The accident scene was shot over a two-week period in Agua Dulce, California, mostly with the use of the municipal airport.