Rainbow Drive

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Rainbow Drive
Poster and VHS cover of "Rainbow Drive"
Genre Thriller
Directed by Bobby Roth
Produced by John Veitch (producer), Michael Viner (executive producer)
Written by Roderick Thorp (book)
Bill Phillips (teleplay)
Bennett Cohen (teleplay)
Starring Peter Weller
Sela Ward
David Caruso
Music by Tangerine Dream
Editing by Henk Van Eeghen
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Showtime Cable Network
Release date September 8, 1990 (1990-09-08)
Running time 100 minutes

Rainbow Drive is a thriller television film starring Peter Weller, Sela Ward and David Caruso. It was directed by Bobby Roth. The film first aired on September 8, 1990 on the Showtime Cable Network.

The film is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp.

Background[edit]

The film stars Peter Weller as Mike Gallagher, Sela Ward as Laura Demming and David Caruso as Larry Hammond. Others in the film included Tony Jay as Max Hollister, James Laurenson as Hans Roehrig, Jon Gries as Azzolini, Henry G. Sanders as Marvin Burgess and Chris Mulkey as Ira Rosenberg.[1]

Today, the film remains available on out-of-print VHS only, released in both America and the UK.[2][3] The only DVD version that exists is a French import.[4]

The film was nominated for one Mystfest award, for "Best Film" (Bobby Roth).[5]

Rainbow Drive was given a very limited theatrical release.[6]

The film's tagline reads "He's the right cop, on the wrong road. It's a dead end."[7]

The movie's music was scored by Tangerine Dream, but never released as a soundtrack. The title track was released on the bootleg Prayer of Quiet Dreams in 1993.[8]

Plot[edit]

Mike Gallagher is one of Los Angeles' top cops, who is acting head of Hollywood's homicide division. But Gallagher is soon wrenched out of his orderly existence into a dirty world of killing and corruption. Gallagher's affair with a married woman leads him to stumble across a vicious scene of multiple murder on L.A. highway Rainbow Drive. Gallagher senses something strange when reinforcements arrive even before he has called them. When his superiors freeze him out of the case, Gallagher begins his own investigations. With the help of mysterious ally Laura Demming, Gallagher draws closer to the truth, and danger moves closer to his partner and mistress. His investigation propels him into a web of drugs and vice, corruption and cover-up - an intricate web that implicates some of the city's most senior figures.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Jason Ankeny of Allmovie gave the film three out of five stars, stating "In this made-for-cable adaptation of Roderick Thorp's crime thriller, Peter Weller stars as a Hollywood cop whose murder investigation runs into a wall of police corruption."[9]

The book Video Movie Guide 1996 (Ballantine Books) awarded the film two and a half stars out of five,[10] whilst the book VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever gave the film two out of five stars.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rainbow Drive (1990) (TV) - Full cast and crew
  2. ^ "Rainbow Drive [VHS]: Peter Weller, Sela Ward, David Caruso, Tony Jay, James Laurenson, Jon Gries, Henry G. Sanders, Chris Mulkey, David Neidorf, Bruce Weitz, Chelcie Ross, Rutanya Alda, Tim Suhrstedt, Bobby Roth, Henk Van Eeghen, John Veitch, Michael Viner, Bennett Cohen, Bill Phillips, Roderick Thorp: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Rainbow Drive [VHS]: Peter Weller, Sela Ward, David Caruso, Tony Jay, James Laurenson, Jon Gries, Henry G. Sanders, Chris Mulkey, David Neidorf, Bruce Weitz, Chelcie Ross, Rutanya Alda, Tim Suhrstedt, Bobby Roth, Henk Van Eeghen, John Veitch, Michael Viner, Bennett Cohen, Bill Phillips, Roderick Thorp: Amazon.co.uk: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Rainbow Drive ( Rain bow Drive ): Amazon.co.uk: David Caruso, Peter Weller, Sela Ward, Tony Jay, James Laurenson, Jon Gries, Henry G. Sanders, Chris Mulkey, David Neidorf, Bruce Weitz, Bobby Roth, CategoryCultFilms, CategoryUSA, Rainbow Drive ( Rain bow Drive ), Rainbow Drive, Rain bow Drive: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  5. ^ Rainbow Drive (1990) (TV) - Awards
  6. ^ "Rainbow Drive Movie Posters From Movie Poster Shop". Moviepostershop.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  7. ^ Pictures & Photos from Rainbow Drive - IMDb
  8. ^ "Tangerine Dream - Prayer Of Quiet Dreams (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  9. ^ Peter Weller. "Rainbow Drive - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllMovie. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  10. ^ Video Movie Guide 1996 - Mick Martin, Marsha Porter - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  11. ^ VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever - Jim Craddock - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 

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