This feature debut from British writer-director-composer Mike Figgis is a tautly constructed, deftly executed crime thriller. The action is set in Newcastle, England, an economically depressed city desperate for jobs. American business magnate-gangster, Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones), is
launching an ambitious money-laundering scheme by buying up lots of real estate. One man refuses all of Jones's lucrative offers: Finney (Sting), the owner of a successful jazz club. Caught up in the conflict are Kate (Melanie Griffith), an American who has worked for Cosmo as a call girl, and
Brendan (Sean Bean), a young jazz enthusiast. When two thugs from London are hired to "persuade"...