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Mike's Murder

Mike's Murder
Directed by James Bridges
Produced by James Bridges
Screenplay by James Bridges
Starring Debra Winger
Mark Keyloun
Darrell Larson
Brooke Alderson
Paul Winfield
Music by John Barry
Joe Jackson
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by Dede Allen
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates March 9, 1984
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,059,966

Mike's Murder is a 1984 film, written and directed by James Bridges, and starring Debra Winger, Mark Keyloun and Paul Winfield.


  • Synopsis 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • DVD Release 4
  • References 5


In Los Angeles, bank teller Betty Parrish has a one-night stand with a young tennis instructor named Mike, but then has only random contact with him over the course of the next two years.

He is a drug dealer. One day Mike calls to tell her he is being chased for encroaching on another criminal's territory. Later, a friend of his calls to say Mike is dead, brutally murdered.

Betty can't let go of him, not without understanding him better, and tries to find out more. It leads to her discovering Mike's hidden side, including a disturbed acquaintance of his named Pete and a record producer named Philip who apparently was involved with Mike in a gay relationship. Betty's own life is placed in peril by the story's end.



Warner Brothers reportedly was unhappy about the project because of its premise with the drug-fixated underpinnings of the L.A. entertainment world and refused to release it until Bridges made some cuts and changes. [1]

Bridges wrote the film for Winger having worked with her on Urban Cowboy. Her performance in Mike's Murder led the critic Pauline Kael to describe Winger as "a major reason to go on seeing movies in the 1980s".

DVD Release

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution released Mike's Murder on 4 August 2009, as part of the Warner Archive Collection series.


  1. ^ Pauline Kael Hooked p.176 ISBN 0-7145-2903-6
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