Illegal in Blue (1995, Stu Segall)

So when Trevor Goddard gives a film’s best performance, what can you really say about the film? And calling Illegal in Blue a film is a compliment… but apparently it really was made by a motion picture company.

Orion, no less.

Two credits stick out. First, Orion. I had no idea they were trying to get into the “erotic thriller” genre before bankruptcy. Second, director Segall. Well, maybe not. In addition to producing bad cop shows (“Hunter”), Segall directed softcore movies under a different name. Blue makes a little more sense.

The most recognizable actor is Louis Giambalvo. He’s not bad, but he’s not as good as Goddard. Goddard gets to yell his terrible lines, Giambalvo has to speak his ludicrous dialogue calmly and rationally.

The lead, played by Dan Gauthier, is a cop who moonlights as a cabbie. While driving his cab, he meets Stacey Dash, who’s soon suspected of murdering her husband. Interesting thing about Blue is how Dash’s race is handled—it’s ignored. Unless Segall is including her being black as another reason to objectify her. I’m not sure it makes Blue significant or special, but it’s definitely particular.

Gauthier is awful. He couldn’t do a cologne commercial. Dash is fairly bad too, though she occasionally has a not terrible delivery. But not often.

Illegal in Blue is awful but it’s hard not to notice its similarities with film noir. Somehow (maybe Against All Odds did it), the genre got hijacked by late night cable.

But anyway….

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