Melanie Griffith oozes sensuality ('the Today Show ), while Oscar® winner* Tommy Lee Jones and rock legend Sting face off in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this sexy, extremely stylish film noir (Leonard Maltin). Wr... more »itten and directed by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas), Stormy Monday is a sizzling thriller that holds its audience rapt with the promise of imminent danger (The New York Times Corrupt businessman Frank Cosmo (Jones) arrives in Newcastle, England, determined to muscle his way into owning the entire town. On his payroll is Kate (Griffith)a tantalizing beauty Cosmo loans out when he wants a favor from the local officials. But when Kate's new lover ends up working for Cosmo's latest target (Sting), Kate must choose between the man who owns her and the man who has stolen her heart. *1993: Supporting Actor, The Fugitive« less
A must-see for fans of Mike Figgis, Sean Bean, or Sting.
Ashley Clifton | Gainesville, Florida USA | 05/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A slick noir piece set in Newcastle, England (yes, Sting's hometown), Stormy Monday is a little-known but beautiful film by Mike Figgis (also the director of "Leaving Las Vegas"). When guileless Irish drifter Brendan (Sean Bean) arrives in town, he befriends a shady nightclub owner Finney (Sting) and falls in love with a ill-used waitress, Kate (Melanie Griffith). As the film's off-beat, strangely elliptical plot advances, all three characters find themselves at odds with a villainous real estate developer, Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones), who is busy snatching-up an entire portion of the city. (Presumably, Cosmo plans on turning it all into one giant shopping mall, and the film works nicely as a commentary on American-style "globalism" masking good-old American greed.) When Brendan thwarts an attempt on Finney's life (Finney is the last business-owner refusing to sell-out to Cosmo), he and Kate become bystanders in a power struggle between the two men-a situation complicated by Kate's moonlighting as a call girl for Cosmo. As the love story between her and Brendan unfolds-played out against a darkly lyrical backdrop of underworld violence-the film perfectly captures both the promise and menace of the 1980's."
Early Figgis, dark-themed, worth a look
LGwriter | Astoria, N.Y. United States | 02/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of Mike Figgis' first films, Stormy Monday fuses an intriguing mix of American greed, crudeness, and innocence with British coolness, toughness, and civility. But added to the mix, interestingly enough, is a Polish element (more on that later).One American is Melanie Griffith as a cocktail waitress and vaguely defined moll (or former moll) of the other, Tommy Lee Jones, a ruthless moblike businessman who plans on making Newcastle, England his own--commercially, of course. (Political takeover is a little hard to imagine circa 1988). Melanie emits a sexy blend of sensuality and innocence, pretty much irresistible. The British are Sting, as the owner of a club (a role he neatly reprised in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels), and Sean Bean as his cleaning person/gofer. Both are civil and, as it happens, tough as well. And Sting's coolness is in the ultra category, a real neat piece of work.Sean and Melanie meet and then do a whole lot more; they do the romantic thing, all the while being pursued, as is Sting, by Tommy's henchmen. Tommy plays rough, as it turns out. The mingling of Yank and Brit romantically (Melanie and Sean) is paralleled by battling of Yank and Brit commercially (Tommy and Sting). The Polish element? Melanie's character is half Polish, and, as well, the band slated to play in Sting's club has an accident so the Cracow Jazz Ensemble (or some such), all Poles, steps in instead, among which is Andrej, a sympathetic band manager, the only one who speaks English. Andrej is destined to play a critical role in the film, but rather than provide a spoiler here, see the film to understand what this means.Violence plays a large part in the proceedings, as is obvious from the above description. This is a well-plotted film that put Mike Figgis on the map. Doesn't hurt that he not only wrote and directed it, but also composed the music for it, an effectively moody jazz score.Recommended."
"How can this movie be so unknown and underrated? The cast is swell: Tommy Lee Jones makes a terrifically creepy/suave villain -- he's worth the price of a rental alone. Melanie Griffith is quite appealing (and how often is that the case?) Sean Bean has one of his earliest starring roles, and he's great, and Sting rounds things out in a role tailor-made for him: jazz club owner. The movie is full of clever moments and artistic touches. If you like a good suspense drama with romance, and especially if you like nightclubs and slick jazz, this is a fine choice. The director, Mike Figgis, later gained fame for directing LEAVING LAS VEGAS. STORMY MONDAY is more entertaining."
A film noir to enjoy again and again.
Mystery Buff | Brea, CA USA | 08/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Because I like the genre (film noir) I sought out this film on advice of a friend. Although, at the time, it was scarce, I am glad I persevered! The cast is a surprise - imagine Sting as the standout in a dark drama! He nearly steals the show! The setting is interesting and the direction superb. This is one of those films that lets you fill in the blanks and causes you to concentrate on each scene so as not to miss a nuance or clue. I found that the second viewing was more than twice as entertaining! I have now seen it four times; each time very enjoyable. Sean Bean was an unknown to me when I first saw the film, but has now become just about my favorite actor - you can see him at his present best in LOTRFOTR as Boromir. In Stormy Monday, made in 1988, he plays a young, blonde, strangely naive fellow with a mystery past (never revealed). Tommy Lee does his expected great turn as the villian (among several in the tale), while Melanie Griffith makes the most of a role-type for which she is well known, the girl-gone-wrong who overcomes her bad luck. You will find a lot to enjoy in this dark story and a chuckle or two also - from the wild Polish rock band!"
Sting's Best Acting Movie!
Trev | Canada | 10/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Im a big Sting nut, and I have to say that Stormy Monday is Sting's best acting Movie! The preformance he gave to this movie made him like he was in the movie business his whole life! Not Music.Its special to see that the setting was in Newcastle, England (Sting's hometown)Tommy Lee Jones(fugitive) and Sean Bean(Golden Eye) both did a excellent job!"