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Rather good cinematography...

So, I realize this film gets a lot of hate, and was considered a low for Whoopi and some of the other talent involved. However, I myself like it, and found it funny and reasonably compelling both then and now.

I was curious though for all of you cinephiles. Anyone else out there think that the cinematography in this film, by veteran cameraman William A. Fraker, is one of its strongest assets?

Having seen the film at around 14 years old, my film palette was just starting to mature as a "child of the 80s" and/or "80s cable boom" brat, and I was now becoming more open and receptive to film form and aesthetic. That being said, for otherwise standard 80's cable fodder that nobody was necessarily watching for its cinematography, I couldn't help noticing how good it was all the same.

The general look of the film, and of the authentic San Francisco locations, is very striking, and especially with that heavy diffusion. And there's some excellent steadicam and crane shot photography, certainly in that opening burglary prologue while the subject is out jogging. The whole look of this sequence was wonderful, with very sophisticated camera moves going up and down the stairs within the house, and that "morning mist" look in the exterior shots.

Again, I'm not suggesting it's the high point of anyone's career. But it's a competently made, and noticeably well photographed film nevertheless. Fraker's work here may be some of his underrated best.


Cool review.