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DENNIS HOPPER IN BOB RAFELSON’S BLACK WIDOW

32203042_474430709652777_7796733967280898048_nPROJECT: Black Widow YEAR: 1987 INTRO: Debra Wingers as a FBI agent stuck in an office room with “green windows.” She takes on the wife of several dead or dying millionaires, including one played by our TALENT: Dennis Hopper KNOWN FOR: Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Rebel Without A Cause, Night Tide, Out of the Blue & Blue Velvet.

CHARACTER: Ben is a “Toymaker from Dallas,” says one of Winger’s fellow agents: Still, she’s the only to believe that Theresa Russell’s titular vixen is one person.

TRAITS: Ben is the second husband as the movie progresses and the first one actually shown. His sister is played by Diane Ladd, who has the same doubts as Winger, but she accepts a hefty payoff. GOAL: Hopper’s character has no goal: the goal belongs to his wife, and when he looks for another bottle to cap the night, she points him to a spiked one, cutting right to the next scene: the funeral.  URGENCY: That happens during the next sequence with last husband victim Nicol Williamson. Dennis Hopper’s but one in a body count. His best scene with Russell is in a futuristic looking room full of toys after a phone call (where he jokingly describes his hot wife as looking a little “scrag”) complaining about a strange robot spaceship toy with mysterious functionality. But there has to be a reason he’d to such a small role.

CLOSURE: Perhaps it’s his friendship with the man he turned from a Roger Corman throwaway b actor to an A list star after being cast in Hopper’s own EASY RIDER: Jack Nicholson has appeared in a number of Neo Film Noirs under the direction of FIVE EASY PIECES auteur Bob Rafelson (including KING OF MARVIN GARDENS and especially THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE remake), who’s most comfortable in this genre in which WIDOW is a prime example of. MEDIA: Cult Film Freak Review of Jack Nicholson & Bob Rafelson Noir Trilogy.

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