"Anyone check you for a heartbeat recently?"
— Frank Griffith
A 1994 Neo-Noir film directed by John Dahl, The Last Seduction
starred Linda Fiorentino and Peter Berg. Itís perhaps best known for being disqualified from Oscar consideration that year due to it showing on HBO
just before premiering in theaters.
Bridget Gregory is the bored wife of Clay, a drug dealer. One day, she swipes a bag of money from him and skips town to Chicago. On her way there, she meets Mike, a divorced man who immediately falls for her. When Clay sends goons to track down his wife and stolen cash, Bridget decides to use Mike in an elaborate scheme to get her past off her back.
This film features examples of:
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: A deleted scene has Bridget dressing up as a cheerleader for Mike
- Amoral Attorney: Bridget's lawyer, played by the original Hey, It's That Guy!, J.T. Walsh.
- Asshole Victim: Clay
- Berserk Button: For Mike, any mentions of his ex-wife Trish, since it turns out that she is actually a he.
- Black Dude Dies First: Harlan is the first character to die.
- Brooklyn Rage: Clay comments that his locally-hired detective won't get rough with Bridget; he needs a New Yorker for that.
- Con Artist: Bridget
- Cultured Badass: Bridget has a high powered job, is well qualified and is mentioned to enjoy the theatre.
- Deconstructed Trope: As the title implies, the film was intended to be this for the typical Film Noir Femme Fatale plot, illustrating just how heartless a woman would have to be to seduce a man into murdering a complete stranger, and how dumb the man would have to be to actually fall for it.
- Domestic Abuser: Clay with Bridget
- Fanservice: Linda Fiorentino does several nude scenes
- Femme Fatale: Deconstructed with Bridget. See above.
- Film Noir
- Frameup: Bridget puts a pretty good one on Mike.
- Karma Houdini: Mike is busted for murder and rape, while Bridget goes off scot-free.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Bridget comes up with the alias Wendy Kroy after gazing at a poster of New York in the mirror.
- Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Mike and Bridget have sex in a car and against the wire fence outside a bar. Deleted scenes show them doing it on the floor and in a school gym they broke into
- Manipulative Bastard: Bridget
- Miscarriage of Justice: The ending implies that Mike will spend the rest of his life in prison for Bridget's crimes.
- The Perfect Crime
- Phone-Trace Race: Performed by Clay and Harlan when Bridget calls.
- Private Detective: Harlan and Bert.
- Smoking Is Cool
- The Unfair Sex: Completely and utterly averted.
- The Vamp: Bridget
- Villain Protagonist: Bridget
- Woman in Black: Bridgets favorite color
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Bridget pulls this first at the hospital with the cop and then in the final scene to put the rap on Mike.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Bridget is a grandmaster.