Plot & Details
Stormy Monday is a four-person character study in which style is all that matters. This tautly constructed, deftly executed crime thriller is set in economically depressed Newcastle England. Sting plays Finney, a relatively honest Newcastle jazz-club owner who crosses the path of crass American gangster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones). Flaunting his wealth at every opportunity, Cosmo wants to involve Finney in a land development deal -- if only he'll give up his club. Both men are enamored of Kate (Melanie Griffith), who becomes a pawn in their ongoing one-upsmanship. Kate and her lover (Sean Bean) try to prevent Finney from corrupting his own sense of values by wallowing in the gutter with Cosmo. Stormy Monday, the first feature-length directorial effort of former jazz musician Mike Figgis, who also wrote the script and composed the score, tells its story using subtle shadings of character and a vivid evocation of its Newcastle setting rather than through violent action. Figgis's moody direction of his excellent screenplay is quietly effective and brimming with visual nuance and irony -- particularly in its perceptive take on love, money, jazz, and economic necessity.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama,Thriller
- Run Time: 93min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 04/22/1988
- DVD Release Date: 09/17/2002
- Distributor(s): Atlantic Entertainment Group
- Director(s): Mike Figgis
- Starring: Melanie Griffith , Tommy Lee Jones , Sting , Sean Bean , James Cosmo
- Themes: Prostitutes,Cons and Scams,Love Triangles,Criminal's Revenge
- Tone: Atmospheric,Confrontational,Moody,Tense
- Keywords: bomb, gangster, owner, prostitute/prostitution, business-takeover, deal [agreement], jazz, magnate, music-club, real-estate, ruthlessness, scheme
- Country of Origin: USA (04-22-1988)
- Language: English