Love Walked In (1997 film)

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Love Walked In
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Produced by Ricardo Freixa
Written by Juan José Campanella
Lynn Geller
Larry Golin
José Pablo Feinmann
Starring Denis Leary
Terence Stamp
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Michael Badalucco
Danny Nucci
J.K. Simmons
Moira Kelly
Jeremy Webb
Music by Wendy Blackstone
Cinematography Daniel Shulman
Edited by Darren Kloomok
Distributed by Tri-Star Pictures
Release dates January 18, 1997
(Sundance Film Festival)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Love Walked In is a 1997 American film noir drama/thriller film directed by Juan José Campanella, based on the novel Ni el Tiro del Final by Argentine novelist and political columnist José Pablo Feinmann.


Jack (Denis Leary) is a world-weary pianist and writer in a lounge named the Blue Cat. His wife, Vicki (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón), is a songstress who has a way with the pseudo-George Gershwin tunes her husband writes. (The film takes its title from the Gershwin song "Love Walked In".) The couple is desperately poor after 10 years of touring crummy clubs.

Meanwhile, Fred Moore (Terence Stamp), the club owner, is captivated by the beauty of Vicki. Moore is married to a wealthy woman (known only as Mrs. Moore ; Marj Dusay), whom he admits to having married for her money. Although Fred is a faithful husband, the jealous Mrs. Moore has hired Eddie (Michael Badalucco), a private detective who happens to be an old friend of Jack's, to gather evidence of Fred's infidelity. Having come up with nothing, the sleazy detective begs Jack to help by arranging for Vicki to seduce Fred in front of a hidden camera.

While this is going on Jack is also writing a story set in the 1930s, a noiresque crime thriller, which the viewer sees inter cut in imaginary scenes as Jack narrates. This secondary story is also telling the story of what happens with Jack and Vicki in a subtle way.

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