While ignored by audiences and written off by critics as another plodding paranoid procedural in imitation of FATAL ATTRACTION (1987), THE TEMP chillingly evokes a movie menace quite separate from obsessed psychos--studio executives who mutilate a picture in manic efforts to please mass
Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton) is a cookie-company executive recently treated for clinical paranoia. His shaky emotional state is hardly helped when the company is acquired by a giant food conglomerate, and his job is on the chopping block unless he performs spectacularly. Peter's boss Charlene
(Faye Dunaway), similarly at risk, orders a complete business report for the...