Mike's Murder (film)
|Directed by||James Bridges|
|Produced by||James Bridges|
|Screenplay by||James Bridges|
|Music by||John Barry
|Edited by||Dede Allen|
|The Ladd Company|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||March 9, 1984|
|Running time||109 minutes|
In Los Angeles, bank teller Betty Parrish has a one-night stand with a young tennis instructor named Mike, but then has only random contact with him over the course of the next two years.
He is a drug dealer. One day Mike calls to tell her he is being chased for encroaching on another criminal's territory. Later, a friend of his calls to say Mike is dead, brutally murdered.
Betty can't let go of him, not without understanding him better, and tries to find out more. It leads to her discovering Mike's hidden side, including a disturbed acquaintance of his named Pete and a record producer named Philip who apparently was involved with Mike in a gay relationship. Betty's own life is placed in peril by the story's end.
- Debra Winger as Betty Parrish
- Mark Keyloun as Mike
- Paul Winfield as Philip
- Darrell Larson as Pete
- Brooke Alderson
Warner Brothers reportedly was unhappy about the project because of its premise with the drug-fixated underpinnings of the L.A. entertainment world and refused to release it until Bridges made some cuts and changes. 
Bridges wrote the film for Winger having worked with her on Urban Cowboy. Her performance in Mike's Murder led the critic Pauline Kael to describe Winger as "a major reason to go on seeing movies in the 1980s."