This month at The Pink Heart Society, Silhouette Desire author Maxine Sullivan will review the next of the Harlequin movies.
"The Waiting Game" is a 1998 movie based on the 1985 Harlequin Intrigue book of the same name by Jayne Ann Krentz. And just like the Harlequin movies reviewed here in previous months, this movie is quite different to the book. Nonetheless, I loved this movie. In fact, after seeing it on television and finding it wasn’t available in Australia, I bought myself a DVD copy from the States. (It’s now available in Australia).
When Sarah Frazer's uncle turns up at her art gallery then disappears again just as quickly, Sarah's instinct goes on full alert. She's grown used to her uncle's ways of coming and going but this time she knows something is wrong, despite Sarah's jealous fiancé insisting that she is worrying for nothing. Then two men turn up in Sarah's life, both mysterious and both gorgeous, and with a secret connection to each other and to her uncle that involves the CIA and the international drug trade. But who is the good guy and which of them is the villain? Even though a picture on the back cover gives it away, it was still quite a while before I could actually tell. Both men were charming and both were interested in Sarah for reasons of their own.
Sarah (played by Chandra West) is beautiful, feisty and no fool, and she is the perfect heroine for this movie. Sarah’s misgivings increase when she finds Adrian Seville (played by Chris Potter) in her uncle's home claiming to be a computer guru and friend of her uncle. Adrian is the perfect match for Sarah. He’s on his own mission to clear his name but he can’t help but try and protect her at the same time, even if she doesn’t want to be protected.
And then there’s Carl (played by Australian, John Pyper-Ferguson) who befriends Sarah's fiancé, Matt, with the lure of developing property. But he's only trying to worm his way into Sarah's good books to help him find something in the box of artefacts that Sarah's uncle has sent to the art gallery. Once he has what he is looking for, he intends to kill her uncle and if Sarah gets in the way he’ll kill her too. Unfortunately for both men, Sarah isn’t about to let either of them deter her from discovering the truth.
There were some very polished performances in this movie, not the least by the secondary characters. Paula Abdul plays Sarah’s best friend, Amy, and Art Hindle plays Sarah’s uncle, Lowell Kincaid. Paula is a singer in her own right and now a judge on American Idol. Art Hindle is one of those actors whose face looks familiar from the many movies he’s appeared in over the years, including playing a policeman way back in the 1982 movie, Porky’s.
And speaking of art, take a look at the wonderful paintings on display in Sarah’s art gallery. I don’t know a lot about art but those paintings look quite unique to me and really added to the authenticity of the movie.
The sexual chemistry between Sarah and Adrian bounces off the screen amongst the elements of danger and suspense. There are a couple of very hot love scenes, including one involving handcuffs. And the ending could be said to be almost... climatic in more ways than one.
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