Jon Kane

Created by Richard Rothstein

In Double Deception, a better-than-average (well, I liked it anyway), enjoyably downbeat made-for-television movie from 1993, JON KANE (James Russo) is a private eye and ex-cop in therapy, trying to come to grips with the death of his wife in a car crash three years earlier.

No fancy pants flashy playboy TV eye, he, Jon lives in a small house in Venice, California, and favours T-shirts, jeans and an old leather jacket. His one extravagance is a vintage Firebird, but we'll let that one pass -- by 1990 or so, I think it was a law that all private eyes must drive classic vintage automobiles.

Other than that, it was pretty good. He's working a wandering husband job for a client (Alice Krige) which of course goes awry, but the show had a nice, melancholy buzz to it, and Kane had a bit more depth than the average TV eye. And the supporting cast wasn't too awful either, particularly Rodney, the Hispanic shoe salesman/bondbailsman, and his best friend, an ex-call girl turned real estate agent played by Sally Kirkland. But even better is Zimmer, an appealing, constantly hassled lowlife and snitch, played by Burt Young. Nobody does hassled like Burt Young.

TELEVISION

  • DOUBLE DECEPTION ...Buy this video
    (June 21, 1993)
    96 minutes
    Screenplay by Richard Rothstein
    Directed by Jan Egleson
    Cinematographer: Robert D. Yeoman
    Music by Gary Chang
    Executive Producer: Lewis B. Chesler
    Produced by Patricia Finnegan, Sheldon Pinchuk, Richard Rothstein
    Starring James Russo as JON KANE
    Also starring Sally Kirkland, Burt Young, Luis Guzmán, Alice Krige, Lewis Van Bergen, Brad Sullivan, Grace Zabriskie, Anthony Dean Fields, John Snyder, Jack Carter, Keith Coulouris

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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