Night Game (1989)

R | 95 mins | Drama | 15 September 1989

Director:

Peter Masterson

Producer:

George Litto

Cinematographer:

Fred Murphy

Editor:

Robert Barrere

Production Designer:

Neil Spisak

Production Company:

Baseball Productions
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HISTORY

Night Game marked actress Renee O’Connor’s theatrical feature film debut.
       A 16 Aug 1988 HR news brief reported principal photography began 5 Aug 1988.
       As reported in a 15 Sep 1988 DV news item, production was halted in Galveston, TX, by the arrival of Hurricane Gilbert. Cast and crew were evacuated to Houston, TX.
       The following thanks appear in end credits: "The Houston Astros, The Houston Film Commission, Major League Baseball, KPRC-TV, KHOU-TV, Ford Motor Company, Cinema Trucks of Texas, Nicco's River Oaks Limousines, Carmen Aidas Bridal Shop, Bridal Gowns Furnished by San Martin International, Norm Marshall & Associates, Unique Product Placement, Associated Film Production, Silent Stars, Continental Airlines, the people of Galveston, Credit Lyonnais Bank of Nederland, N. ... More Less

Night Game marked actress Renee O’Connor’s theatrical feature film debut.
       A 16 Aug 1988 HR news brief reported principal photography began 5 Aug 1988.
       As reported in a 15 Sep 1988 DV news item, production was halted in Galveston, TX, by the arrival of Hurricane Gilbert. Cast and crew were evacuated to Houston, TX.
       The following thanks appear in end credits: "The Houston Astros, The Houston Film Commission, Major League Baseball, KPRC-TV, KHOU-TV, Ford Motor Company, Cinema Trucks of Texas, Nicco's River Oaks Limousines, Carmen Aidas Bridal Shop, Bridal Gowns Furnished by San Martin International, Norm Marshall & Associates, Unique Product Placement, Associated Film Production, Silent Stars, Continental Airlines, the people of Galveston, Credit Lyonnais Bank of Nederland, N. V." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Sep 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
16 Sep 1989
p. 4.
New York Times
16 Sep 1989
p. 15.
Variety
20 Sep 1989
p. 29.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Epic Productions presents
A George Litto production
A Peter Masterson film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Asst cam
Crane op
Addl op
Aerial photog
Steadicam asst
Loader
Best boy/Elec
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Key grip
Best boy/Grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
Still photog
Arriflex cam supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst to prod des
Art dept asst
Draftsman
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Post prod supv
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Swing
Swing
Swing
Prop master
Asst prop master
Prop asst
Const coord
Const foreman
Shop foreman
Lead scenic painter
Painter
Painter/Builder
Const
Labor
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Painter
Carpenter
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward asst
Seamstress
Asst seamstress
MUSIC
Cond by
Mus rec at
Saxophone soloist
Addl mus "Remember"
Addl mus "Remember"
Ultra stereo consultant
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Dial ed
Foley ed
Sd asst
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
Asst makeup/Hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Prod exec
Prod controller
Prod coord
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Scr supv
Casting asst
Casting (New York)
Extras casting
Extras casting
Extras casting asst
Texas casting asst
Texas casting asst
Unit pub
Prod secy
Asst to Mr. Masterson
Asst to Mr. Litto
Prod auditor
Asst auditor
Asst auditor
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Baseball adv
Police tech adv
Police liaison
Supv doctor
Craft service
Completion guaranty provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Dailies processed by
Dailies adv
Col timer
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 15 September 1989
Production Date:
began 5 August 1988
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo
Color
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29534
SYNOPSIS

In Galveston, Texas, police detective Mike Seaver is in bed with his fiancée, Roxy, when he receives a telephone call informing him that a prostitute named Loretta Akers had her throat slit during the night. Mike arrives at the crime scene to find Kyle Broussard, a county cop, arguing with Captain Ron Nelson, that since the murder took place on a county beach, it is his case. Mike walks past and berates police detective Oscar Mendoza for not calling him right away. Examining the body, Mike discovers a piece of paper reading “best of luck” tucked in the victim’s garter belt. Kyle Broussard warns Mike to stay away from his beat, and Mike accuses Broussard of being a pimp. Capt. Nelson intercedes and orders the two to share information about the murder. Mike searches the dead woman’s apartment and finds an appointment book hidden behind a picture. Eva Lyons, another prostitute and friend of Loretta’s, informs Mike that Loretta recently began dating a man from California. Believing Eva is one of Broussard’s hooker’s sent to spy on him, Mike arrests her for “snooping.” He gives Loretta’s appointment book to Oscar Mendoza and asks him to identify all the telephone numbers listed. After he and Capt. Nelson study evidence from two other murders, they determine the handwriting on the notes left by the killer is the same as on the note Mike found. As they look at autopsy pictures, Mike suggests the murder weapon could be a longshoreman’s hook. The fight is interrupted when Lamar Witty, an aid to the governor, arrives by helicopter and declares that Kyle ... +


In Galveston, Texas, police detective Mike Seaver is in bed with his fiancée, Roxy, when he receives a telephone call informing him that a prostitute named Loretta Akers had her throat slit during the night. Mike arrives at the crime scene to find Kyle Broussard, a county cop, arguing with Captain Ron Nelson, that since the murder took place on a county beach, it is his case. Mike walks past and berates police detective Oscar Mendoza for not calling him right away. Examining the body, Mike discovers a piece of paper reading “best of luck” tucked in the victim’s garter belt. Kyle Broussard warns Mike to stay away from his beat, and Mike accuses Broussard of being a pimp. Capt. Nelson intercedes and orders the two to share information about the murder. Mike searches the dead woman’s apartment and finds an appointment book hidden behind a picture. Eva Lyons, another prostitute and friend of Loretta’s, informs Mike that Loretta recently began dating a man from California. Believing Eva is one of Broussard’s hooker’s sent to spy on him, Mike arrests her for “snooping.” He gives Loretta’s appointment book to Oscar Mendoza and asks him to identify all the telephone numbers listed. After he and Capt. Nelson study evidence from two other murders, they determine the handwriting on the notes left by the killer is the same as on the note Mike found. As they look at autopsy pictures, Mike suggests the murder weapon could be a longshoreman’s hook. The fight is interrupted when Lamar Witty, an aid to the governor, arrives by helicopter and declares that Kyle Broussard is taking the lead in the investigation. Later, when Mike hears that Houston Astros pitcher Sil Baretto has won another game, he realizes that every murder corresponds to a Baretto victory. Mike drives to a carnival where his fiancée, Roxy, works. He finds her planning their wedding with her mother, Alma, who jokes that when she and Mike were making love in high school, she never dreamed he would marry her future daughter. Mike takes Oscar Mendoza to interview Donnie, the boyfriend of the killer’s second victim. He accuses Donnie of beating his girl friend, who was only seventeen. Donnie counters that Roxy is only eighteen and Mike is “robbing the cradle.” The detective slaps him, and warns that next time he will close his hand. Mike receives a radio dispatch ordering him to the carnival, where two girls were killed in the fun house. He notices writing on a mirror reading “best of luck,” written in the girls’ blood. He is perplexed when the autopsy shows the girls were killed by someone wielding a weapon in his right hand, as all the notes indicated a left-handed writer. The next day, Bill Essicks, a sports writer, comes to the police station to report a telephone call he received from a crying man, who said he made a mistake killing the girls. Mike suggests it was just a crazy person, then asks about the Astros’ winning streak. Essicks declares that the team could go to the World Series. Mike returns home with Roxy to discover someone broke into his house. He surmises the perpetrator was looking for Loretta Akers’s diary. Mike watches a television show about Astros pitcher Sil Baretto, who was married on the 4th of July. The detective realizes the first victim was found behind the church where the wedding took place, on the same night. He interviews Sil’s wife, Cindy, and while looking at a wedding photograph, notices a strange man in the background. Cindy cannot identify the man. Mike and Essicks verify that every murder except the last two occurred after an Astros home game that Baretto won. On the night of the carnival murders, a television broadcast incorrectly reported that Baretto was pitching when, in fact, it was another player. That night, Mike is late picking Roxy up at the movies, and as he searches the beach for her, another woman is murdered nearby. The next morning, Kyle Broussard arrives at the crime scene complaining that Mike is withholding evidence. Mike punches him in the face, and accuses him of breaking into his house. Lamar Witty arrives by helicopter and informs Capt. Nelson and Mike Seaver they are off the case. Broussard is put in charge. That night, Capt. Nelson drinks away his sorrows when Mike arrives and shows him Loretta’s appointment book. He insists Nelson call a number that reappears throughout her planner. Nelson does so and reaches Broussard. Mike crows to Nelson that this is proof Broussard is running prostitutes and gives the planner to his boss so he can make the arrest. Mike drives to Houston to catch a ballgame with Essicks, and learns that the day Sil Barreto was brought onto the Astros roster, Floyd Epps, the man he replaced, was involved in a bus accident in which his right hand was amputated and replaced with a hook. Hearing the announcer call out Barreto’s name as the relief pitcher, Mike rushes out of the pressroom. As he races back to Galveston, he radios the information to Capt. Nelson, who deploys all his men to the beach. Roxy, who is angry that Mike did not take her to the game, goes to a bar and sits next to Floyd Epps. The Astros win, and Epps scopes out Roxy. Spooked by the man’s staring, Roxy flees to an outdoor patio and runs into a dead end. She pounds on the window to attract attention. Epps appears and raises his hook to strike just as Mike comes into the bar and sees him. Mike rushes outside with his gun drawn. Epps grabs Roxy and places his hook to her throat. He orders Mike to put down his pistol. Mike complies, then leaps on Epps. In the fight, Mike retrieves his gun and shoots Epps dead. Weeks later, Mike and Roxy get married. Without changing from their formal attire, they go to the ballpark, where Sil Baretto leaves the mound to shake Mike’s hand. +

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