BACKSTREET JUSTICE succeeds on a basic, visceral level, even though the script seems to have been lifted from Joseph Wambaugh's reject pile and it's directed like a TV cop show on speed.
Hired as a troubleshooter for McKees Rocks, a rundown but proud ethnic corner of Pittsburgh, native daughter Keri Finnegan (Linda Kozlowski) keeps running into obstacles set down by sexist neighbors and belligerent cops. Wracked by remorse over her cop father's fall from grace decades earlier,
Finnegan tries to flush out a serial killer picking off property owners in her ungentrified neck of the woods. After going undercover as an elderly woman, Keri is attacked by a man in a ...