When his wife is killed in a restaurant shoot-out, intelligence man Harry Hannan has a breakdown and finds that his department don’t want him back. Someone’s trying to kill him and it could be them, though a cryptic Jewish death-threat suggests there’s something else going on. His only ally seems to be mousy Ellie Fabian who has managed to move into his New York apartment. — imdb.com
Robert Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter.
Demme was born in Baldwin, New York, the son of Dorothy Demme and a public relations executive father. Demme has three children: Ramona, Brooklyn, Josephine. He is a graduate of the University of Florida. He also was the uncle of director Ted Demme, who died in 2002.
Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman from 1971 to 1976, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Come and The Hot Box, then directing three films (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, Fighting Mad) for Corman’s studio New World Pictures. After Fighting Mad, Demme moved on to direct the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977. The film was well-received by critics, but received little promotion, and performed poorly at the box office.
Demme’s 1980 film Melvin and Howard did not have a wide release, but received widespread critical acclaim, and led… read more
Alternating currents of Hitchcock and De Palma. Hitchcock for the setpieces rooted in spectacular architecture and geography (here a frenzied chase along Niagara Falls, as well as up an ancient bell tower). De Palma for the overt unleashing of psycho-sexuality, which occurs in a scene that unmasks the film's killer because of this very sexuality (not to mention the at-times hysteric line delivery from Scheider).