Picks and Pans Review: Love and Money

updated 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Even if 10 Heaven's Gate sequels come out this year, this film will rate as one of the year's worst. Producer-writer-director James Toback, a Harvard grad who refused to quit after his first film, Fingers, bombed in 1978, mentions in his official bio that he "never studied filmmaking." Don't think it doesn't show. His farfetched plot concerns a mild-mannered Los Angeles banker whose sudden love for the wife of a Howard Hughes-like mogul draws him into an assassination plot in a banana republic. The hero, Ray (Willie and Phil) Sharkey, finds himself forced to deliver such lines as these (to Italian starlet Ornella Muti): "I'm your father. You're my mother. I'm your husband. You're my wife. I'm your chauffeur. You're my car." Sharkey is as good as can be expected but, like Hollywood veteran King Vidor (who this time acts instead of directs), Klaus Kinski and Armand Assante, he is totally wasted. (R)

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