Released as LADIES GAME abroad, LEGAL TENDER is a mostly routine action film.
Private detective Fix Cleary (Robert Davi) gets involved, via girlfriend Rikki Rennick (Tanya Roberts), who with her brother Bud (Charles McCaughan) runs a bar with an illegal medium-stakes poker game in the back room, in the L.A. drug trade orchestrated by Malcolm Connery (Morton Downey, Jr.),
the psychotic owner of a corrupt savings-and-loan called "The Hearth and Home."
Jag Mundhra's direction is a cut above average for this kind of fare, which is a bit more restrained than usual in its violence quotient. Barry Roberts's screenplay, while talky and illogical in spots, features...