Out Cold (1989 film)

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Out Cold
Out Cold lithgow garr poster.jpg
Directed by Malcolm Mowbray
Produced by George G. Braunstein
Ron Hamady
Written by Leonard Glasser
George Malko
Music by Michel Colombier
Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Edited by Dennis M. Hill
Distributed by Hemdale Film Corporation
Release date
  • March 3, 1989 (1989-03-03)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $294,266

Out Cold is a 1989 'murder comedy', directed by Malcolm Mowbray (who made 1984's A Private Function), and stars Teri Garr, Randy Quaid and John Lithgow.


The film is set in and around San Pedro, Los Angeles, California - 'the Edward Hopper streets and storefronts create a world where the script plays itself out in all its linear precision.'[1] Sunny, (Teri Garr), hires a private detective, (Randy Quaid) to trail her husband Ernie, (Bruce McGill), whom she believes is lavishing time and money on other women. She wants all the details so she can clean him out in a divorce action. But she is impatient, and kills Ernie, taking a chance to make his business partner, Dave (John Lithgow), think he did it. Ernie and Dave worked as butchers in the Army and when they got out they ran a butcher's shop together. Dave has always been in love with Sunny - now he is convinced he has killed Ernie by accidentally locking him in a freezer. Lester Atlas, the private detective, thinks he has pictures of Ernie's lover visiting him at the shop but has actually photographed Sunny on the night she killed him.


The film was reviewed, favourably, by the eminent critic Pauline Kael in her final collection of movie reviews, Movie Love. "Teri Garr plays her role with a savage, twinkling joy. Why doesn't her skill get more recognition? This small, disingenuous comedy has been buffed to shine like a jewel; the smoothness of it keeps you giggling."


  1. ^ Pauline Kael ; Movie Love, ISBN 0-7145-2953-2 p.93

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