Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)





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Director Bernard Rose and screenwriter David Yallop were inspired by the real-life Hulten/Jones murder case of 1944, famously known as The Cleft Chin Murder Case, after a London cabbie was found murdered. It was a sensation in England, where American soldier Karl Hulten and British showgirl Elizabeth Maud Jones became household names -- even beating out news of the war. In the film, Karl Hulten (Kiefer Sutherland), is an American GI who is stalking the black market of London after stealing an army truck and going AWOL. There he meets up with Betty Jones (Emily Lloyd), a stripper with a deluded fantasy world view formed by watching a steady stream of Hollywood film noir and gangster pictures. Seeing Karl, who claims he is Chicago Joe doing advance work in London for encroaching Chicago gangsters, Betty takes the opportunity to set her fantasies to life as she connives Karl into a crime spree of petty crimes. With luck on their side, the spree keeps escalating, until Betty urges Karl to commit the ultimate crime -- murder.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Karl Hulten
Emily Lloyd
as Betty Jones
Patsy Kensit
as Joyce Cook
Keith Allen
as Lenny Bexley
Liz Fraser
as Mrs. Evans
Ralph Nossek
as Inspector Tansil
Colin Bruce
as Robert DeMott
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
as Inspector Tarr
John Junkin
as George Heath
John Lahr
as Radio Commentator
Angela Morant
as Customer
John Surman
as Mr. Cook
Janet Dale
as Mrs. Cook
Hugh Millais
as US Colonel
Harry Jones
as Taxi Driver
Gerard Horan
as John Wilkins
Richard Ireson
as 1st Reporter
Malcolm Terris
as 2nd Reporter
Gary Parker
as 3rd Reporter
Karen Gledhill
as 4th Reporter
Niven Boyd
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Chicago Joe and the Showgirl

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

I didn't feel as if the two characters were really acting out of their own spontaneous impulses; instead, they seemed to be guided by the writer and director.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

the film is too artistic for its own good while claiming to recreate events and characters faithfully. Once the premise is established, however, the narrative achieves the "true crime" tone it is reaching for and the film becomes much more satisfying, esp

June 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Chicago Joe and the Showgirl


Nasty, sexy and disturbing. Rather a good little number .

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