Nadine (1987 film)
|Directed by||Robert Benton|
|Written by||Robert Benton|
|Produced by||Arlene Donovan|
|Edited by||Sam O'Steen|
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
It's 1954 in Austin, Texas, and a slightly pregnant Nadine Hightower (Kim Basinger) is in a lot of trouble. She's gone to sleazy photographer Raymond Escobar's (Jerry Stiller) studio to reclaim some photos from him because they were "lots more artistic than I bargained for." Escobar assures her that he knows Hugh Hefner and she will certainly make it to the top. But Nadine has second thoughts, as she wants her photos, and when she goes back to the studio to retrieve them, gets caught up in the middle of a murder scene. She grabs an envelope with her name on it and hightails it out of there.
Unfortunately, she gets the wrong pictures. She has stolen plans for a new highway development that ends up in the hands of her estranged husband Vernon (Jeff Bridges), a handsome, wise-mouthed bum who owns a bar called the Blue Bonnet which no one goes to and that's not the worst of it. He's fooling around with a former Pecan Queen who works for the Lone Star Brewing company (Glenne Headly). He sees a way to make a bundle of money in all this.
Shady real estate kingpin Buford Pope (Rip Torn) wants the plans back and will stop at nothing to get them. The couple is soon on the run not only from Buford but from police who believe they've killed Escobar. All this time, Nadine and Vernon want a divorce, and Nadine hasn't told Vernon she's pregnant with his baby.
- Jeff Bridges as Vernon Hightower
- Kim Basinger as Nadine Hightower
- Rip Torn as Buford Pope
- Gwen Verdon as Vera
- Glenne Headly as Renée Lomax
- Jerry Stiller as Raymond Escobar
The film was written specifically for Kim Basinger. Shooting began on September 30, 1986 in Austin, Texas and further shooting took place in San Antonio. The framed picture of Jeff Bridges in a uniform in the film is taken from The Last Picture Show (1971). Much of the soundtrack was provided by the country group Sweethearts of the Rodeo.
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