Thursday 12 December 2019

The Douglas dossier

- The War of the Roses (1989)

Deliciously dark comedy, in which a married couple (Douglas, Kathleen Turner) dukes it out all the way to the divorce courts — a plot later repeated for real when MD’s first wife Diandra took him to the cleaners.

- Basic Instinct (1992)

A knickerless Sharon Stone on heat. An ice-pick as a deadly weapon. And Douglas’ detective thinks wearing a Pringle jumper with no shirt underneath is cool. Paul Verhoeven’s erotic thriller was shocking for many reasons.

- Disclosure (1994)

The battle of the sexes hits the boardroom when Demi Moore’s boss and Douglas’ employee go head-to-head in a sexual harassmentcase, another example of the actor’s uncanny ability to pick water-cooler movies.

- Traffic (2000)

Arguably Douglas’ best effort sinceWall Street, despite being a late replacement for Harrison Ford, Steven Soderbergh’s narcotics drama saw the actor shine as a US drugs czar with a crack addict for a daughter.

- King of California (2007)

Indicative of Douglas’ postTraffic career, this road-trip comedy, in which Douglas plays a delusional father on the hunt for buried gold, failed to make an impact just about everywhere it played and went straight to DVD.

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