It was 29 years ago that Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) caught the attention of Hollywood with Stormy Monday, his debut feature film, which he directed, wrote, and scored. Set in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, it’s been called a homage to Get Carter and was released to mixed reviews in 1988. But to think of it as simply a homage is to miss out on a uniquely-styled and noir-inflected romantic crime thriller.
Stormy Monday started out as a low-budget film backed by Channel 4, but once US financiers got on board big American actors like Tommy Lee Jones and Melanie Griffith were cast to appeal to the overseas market. Following the movie’s release, ITV even made a prequel TV series called Finney, with David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) taking over Sting’s role.
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Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Stylish and superbly scored, Stormy Monday shows that Mike Figgis was destined for greatness as a film-maker.