"Framed for murder Susan Price, (Rachel Hunter) will stop at nothing to clear her name. I can say I liked this movie despite the fact, at times the plot is strained and the movie predictable. A good portion of the movie takes place in a telephone relay center for the deaf. There are scenes in the movie that are disturbing or unsettling. To me the movie borders an R/X rating. Curtain parts of this movie (the disturbing scenes) remind me of the rating controversy over "Fatal Attraction" when it first came out with Glen Close and Michael Douglas. That said... "Two shade of Blue" has an impressive cast which includes Eric Roberts, Rachel Hunter, Marlee Matlin, "Children of a Lesser God," and Anthony Natale, "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "His Bodyguard." Both Matlin and Natale are deaf actors. Being a fan of both Matlin and Natale is what drew me to view this film. Also, I am myself physically challenged. It is good to see "true" disabled or physically challenged actors get lead or supporting roles in films today. Anthony Natale gives a satisfying yet justified performance as the character `Todd". Natale works well opposite Hunter, who plays "Judy/Susan Price". A lady gone undercover to catch a killer. Given what she had to work with Marlee Matlin's performance was mediocre at best.As this review is being written I can say, I have not seen much in the way of Eric Roberts's performances. He is however very good a being bad.Though I think "Two Shade of Blue" is a satisfactory movie as a whole film. Might I recommend, if you are considering a purchase of this film to rent it first to save on disappointment and money spent. This suspense drama is not for everyone."
Two Shades of Blue
Jonathan Zimmerman | New York | 06/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great story with an impressive cast. Supermodel Rachel Hunter gives a noteworthy performance as Susan Price, a woman on the run who's been framed for murder. Hunter loses her fortune, changes her identity and becomes a relay operator for the hearing impaired to catch the real killer. Hunter's on-screen chemistry with veteran bad boy actor Gary Busey is impressive. This supermodel can act. Hearing impaired actor Anthony Natale (Mr. Holland's Opus) gives a satisfying performance, as does A.J. Johnson. Rachel Hunter has remarkable chemistry with her co-stars, however the saving grace of this movie is Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin, who delivers a sexy performance as the deaf District Attorney who is caught in a web of murder, betrayal and sexual deceit. In a clever script by first-time writer Ted Williams "Two Shades of Blue" takes us behind closed doors of interesting characters who reveal their darker side. Ted Williams does a nice job exposing us to the often ignored voyeuristic world of the hearing impaired. What's particularly interesting about this movie is the realistic behind-the-scenes look at the relay service for the deaf, and how it works. Matlin, in what may be the steamiest performance of her career, shows us that deaf people can be sexy too, and she does so in good taste. Eric Roberts is always worth mentioning. Roberts makes the film fun to watch and he is obviously having fun playing Calvin Stassi: the two-timing villain who womanizes Hunter and Matlin. The film's technical credits fall short of sophomoric. First-time director James Deck seems to have been asleep at the helm, leaving these great actors to fend for themselves. The visual style required for this genre would have been better off in the hands of a seasoned director such as Martin Scorsese or Brian De Palma. However, there is little wonder why Marlee Matlin and the other stars were attracted to the script. It's an intriguing and well-written story. With Rachel Hunter in nearly every scene, the film is a worth while attempt at what otherwise, could have been a brilliant murder mystery."
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This film features a great cast, including Marlee Matlin, Eric Roberts, Gary Busey, and supermodel Rachel Hunter, but all this talent is wasted in a convoluted story about how Hunter's character has been framed for murder. Hunter is nothing more than so-so as an actress and she looks terrible in the movie, first in a horrible dirty-blonde wig and then in a lousy black dye job. How can you make a supermodel look this bad? The majority of the film involves watching Hunter, Matlin and Roberts converse via telephone and computer, so you'll either be asleep or using the fast-forward button in no time. The ending features several unintentionally funny moments, including a ludicrous shoot-out scene."
Do you speak english?
V. Kun | New York United States | 10/16/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"movie is well made, however, they left out english sub-titles. The sub-titles are in Spanish only. What a bummer!"
Coolest Sex Scene--Mediocre Plot
G. Jennings | Outside | 03/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Most the reviews are pretty on target. The script is not the best for the talent that is in this movie, but they made it work. However, the sex scene between Rachel Hunter and Eric Roberts accompanied by excellent background music makes it the coolest looking I've seen on film so far."