Chicago Joe and the Showgirl

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Chicago Joe and the Showgirl
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bernard Rose
Produced by Tim Bevan
Written by David Yallop
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Mike Southon
Edited by Carlos Puente
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • 27 July 1990 (1990-07-27)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $85,395 (US)[1]

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl is a 1990 British crime drama film directed by Bernard Rose and written by David Yallop, starring Kiefer Sutherland and Emily Lloyd. The film was inspired by the real-life Hulten/Jones murder case of 1944, otherwise known as the Cleft Chin Murder.


In the film, Karl Hulten (Kiefer Sutherland) is an American GI who is stalking the black market of London after stealing an army truck and going AWOL. There he meets up with Betty Jones (Emily Lloyd), a stripper with a deluded fantasy world view formed by watching a steady stream of Hollywood film noir and gangster pictures. Seeing Karl, who claims he is Chicago Joe doing advance work in London for encroaching Chicago gangsters, Betty takes the opportunity to set her fantasies to life as she connives Karl into a spree of petty crimes. With luck on their side, the spree keeps escalating, until Betty urges Karl to commit the ultimate crime-murder.



  1. ^ "Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 

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