Combining gore with sexual immorality, Richard Dan’s suspense thriller, NO PLACE TO HIDE, leaves the viewer with “No place to hide.” Opening with a metropolitan ballet performance, beauty and grace are stained with blood as a man hypnotically calls a dancer named Pamela off-stage and stabs her to death. The case is assigned to Joseph Garvey (Kris Kristoferson), an embittered detective who lost his wife and child at the hands of a drunk driver. Garvey questions Pamela’s 14-year-old sister, Tinsel (Drew Barrymore). Realizing her need for protection, Garvey hides her in his house. Meanwhile, the Commissioner has instigated a plan for taking the law into his own hands, and Garvey must resist the temptation of taking the law into his own hands once he discovers who the killer is.
Although the first scene is nauseatingly graphic, the suspense is spell-binding, and the desire to know who the killer is becomes overwhelming. Kristofferson plays a hard, cold Garvey, but balances the character with a show of emotion at the end. Barrymore is a bit stereotypical, and her portrayal of Tinsel is flat and somewhat predictable. Together, they create an unlikely father-daughter relationship. The movie serves as an example of the chaos created when every man does what is “right in his own eyes.” It also makes a powerful statement about the corruption in the United States’ judicial system, but offers no solutions.
(LL, MM, NN, SSS, VV, B, A/D) 13 profanities & 12 obscenities; man calls a ballet dancer off stage during a performance, cuts her costume open, fondles her, & stabs her to death (she does not resist him) (the scene contains frontal female nudity & considerable blood & gore); graphic head-on collision involving a drunk driver wherein woman & child are killed; man slashes another man's back with a knife; man pulls a knife on another man & both fall down a ravine; positive reference to Catholic Church; and, statement made against drunk driving.