5.8/10
1,059
10 user 10 critic

Love at Large (1990)

Trailer
1:42 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Vampish miss Dolan hires hardboiled P.I. Harry Dobbs to tail her shady boyfriend. Harry realizes that the man leads a double life but then his client disappears. Harry teams up with his own tail, P.I. Stella Wynkowski, to clear things up.

Director:

Alan Rudolph

Writer:

Alan Rudolph
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Fury (1978)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use his mental powers for evil.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress
Delirious (1991)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz
Stars: John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms
Vamp (1986)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two fraternity pledges travel to a sleazy bar in search of a stripper for their college friends, unaware it is occupied by vampires.

Director: Richard Wenk
Stars: Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A top secret Agent is murdered, so his estranged son, a high school gymnast, teams up with his dad's attractive female partner to stop the psychopathic hermaphroditic gang leader who killed him, and now plans a major terrorist attack.

Director: Gil Bettman
Stars: John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons
Crime | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two disillusioned New York City policemen plan a ten million dollar robbery to fuel their low pensions, only to run into one debacle after another in the process.

Director: Aram Avakian
Stars: Cliff Gorman, Joseph Bologna, Charlene Dallas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Harry Dobbs
Elizabeth Perkins ... Stella Wynkowski
Anne Archer ... Miss Dolan
Kate Capshaw ... Mrs. Ellen McGraw
Annette O'Toole ... Mrs. King
Ted Levine ... Frederick King / James McGraw
Ann Magnuson ... Doris
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Art the Farmhand
Ruby Dee ... Corrine Dart
Barry Miller ... Marty
Neil Young ... Rick
Meegan Lee Ochs Meegan Lee Ochs ... Bellhop
Gailard Sartain ... Taxi Driver
Robert Gould ... Tavern Bartender
Dirk Blocker ... Hiram Culver, Used-Car Salesman
Edit

Storyline

A down and out private detective (Berenger) is asked by a beautiful woman (Archer) to follow her lover (Young) because she thinks he may be planning to kill her. Due to her poor description she's in danger. He ends up following the wrong man, but discovers the wrong man has some sleazy secrets himself. Meanwhile another detective (Perkins) has been hired to follow Berenger, and they eventually decide to work together to find out what is really going on. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Love is the only lead worth following.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afaceri încurcate See more »

Filming Locations:

Bend, Oregon, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,436,308
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Berenger has stated that he became very disillusioned about making films after this one got very poor reviews. See more »

Quotes

Harry Dobbs: Look, just let him go. Wipe him out of your memory. Whatever you do, don't be jealous. You'll... you'll start hurting yourself. You'll feel guilty. Your hair. You'll... you'll cut your hair... and I kind of like it the way it is.
See more »


Soundtracks

Ain't No Cure For Love
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hard to find but worth the trouble
7 November 1999 | by DrCarolSee all my reviews

After reading the reviews, I expected "Love at Large" to be an almost surreal experiment in film noir, heavy on atmosphere and short on plot. It's true that the cars and some of the costumes don't seem to fit the early 1990s setting--Doris's green, full-skirted dress, complete with eight inches of yellow crinoline, is straight out of the 1950s, and the Blue Danube nightclub seems to belong to an even earlier era (pre-World War II). The vampy Miss Dolan exudes a 1940s glamour and mystery, the kind of woman who never existed outside of male fantasies. But much of the action (or conversation) takes place in realistic settings--upper-middle-class suburban houses, airplanes, airports, a ranch in what appears to be Wyoming or Montana.

More to the point, the subplot surrounding the bigamist Frederick King/James McGraw (Ted Levine) is not merely "thrown in," as some critics have suggested. Mistaken identity is a classic comedic device going back at least 2000 years to the New Comedy of Menander in ancient Greece, and it still works. It also adds suspense; both Harry (Tom Berenger) and Stella (Elizabeth Perkins) believe McGraw/King to be Miss Dolan's "charming but dangerous" lover, Rick, and are consequently oblivious to whatever danger the real Rick may present.

The Levine subplot also provides opportunities for variations on the love theme so blatantly emphasized by Stella's omnipresent "Love Manual." Compared with most movies of the 1980s and 90s, this one has relatively little sex but lots of kissing. (Ted Levine gets to kiss two women, unusual for him, but this film predates "Silence of the Lambs," in which his powerful performance as Jame Gumb stereotyped him as a murderer.) There are some genuinely tender moments and a lot of surprises, some of them comic and most of them in some way related either to love or mistaken identity.

The casting is excellent. Both Berenger (despite his gravelly voice) and Perkins are likeable and believable, and Levine is marvelous as a man with two lives and two personalities. (No, he's not schizophrenic; he just likes to go out on a limb because, as he tells Stella, "that's where the fruit is").

To say more would be to spoil the film. Find it and watch it. It will be well worth the trouble of hunting it down.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed