Based on the best-selling Norman Mailer novel of 1984, this curious murder mystery marks the author's fourth venture into filmmaking, after three improvised, experimental features in the late 1960s. The story is a convoluted one set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, involving drug dealing,
decapitation, divorce, dishonor, deception, and very little dancing. Tim Madden (O'Neal) is a failed, alcoholic writer who moved to Provincetown years ago after destroying his relationship with Madeleine (Rossellini), the only woman he ever loved. He then married a wealthy, trashy Southern belle,
Patty Lareine (Sandlund), who raked in a fortune when she split from her suicidal, dec...