The Sister-in-Law (1974)
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Country: USA | Director: Joseph Ruben
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 80mn
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Robert and Edward are brothers involved in a web of adultry and deceit. They share Edward’s wife and his mistress and a mission to deliver a package of jewels across the Canadian border, but the mission turns out to be deadly.
Writer/director Joseph Ruben, who later did such excellent thrillers as “The Stepfather” and “True Believer,” concocts a decidedly offbeat and laid-back character-driven feature that’s essentially about sibling rivalry and loyalty. Fortunely, the strong acting from Savage and MacMillan carries the film and keeps things engrossing throughout. Savage in particular is outstanding; he projects a very engaging sense of purity and naiveté as the wide-eyed Robert. Moreover, Savage also composed the neatly eclectic score and sings several terrific songs on the soundtrack. Bruce G. Sparks’ polished cinematography likewise does the trick. The brutal surprise downbeat ending is absolutely devastating. Granted, this picture does deliver the expected tasty female nudity and a few hot soft-core sex scenes, but it’s by no means your standard sleazy serving of 70’s drive-in exploitation trash. Instead it’s a satisfyingly idiosyncratic affair which qualifies as a real unjustly neglected sleeper.