Deadly Companion

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Deadly Companion
Deadly companion poster.jpg
The VHS artwork for Deadly Companion
Directed by George Bloomfield
Produced by Jerome S. Simon
David Main
Written by Janis Allen
Charles Dennis
Thomas Hedley Jr.
Ross Macdonald
Starring John Candy
Anthony Perkins
Eugene Levy
Michael Ironside
Susan Clark
Michael Sarrazin
Music by Paul Hoffert
Distributed by Quadrant Films
Release date
January 1980
Running time
96 min.
Country Canada
Language English

Deadly Companion (also known as Double Negative) is a 1980 Canadian mystery film based on the novel The Three Roads by Ross Macdonald.


Michael Taylor, played by Michael Sarrazin, is tormented by his sheer lack of memory concerning the night his wife was found brutally killed. Michael's girlfriend helps him attempt to make sense of it all. Anthony Perkins plays a blackmailer, John Candy has a supporting role as 'John'.

The cast of SCTV play numerous straight roles in the film because George Bloomfield SCTV's director brought them in. It was also one of Maury Chaykin's first movies.

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