Run Time: NTSC 94min/PAL 91min
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Crenna, Michael Biehn
Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the law man emerges as a prime suspect and he has to deal with his personal feelings as well as the case. (source: imdb, written by Jeremy Perkins)
Now here's a movie you don't hear much talk about among Biehn's fans aside from the fact it's the one he chose over 'The Usual Suspects' (He was signed already and therefore was unable to take part).
While Jade does offer some good points (Horner's score is amazing) it's never able to rise to the level you'd expect from the crew working on it. The story seems very small in scale and while some of the twists might surprise you, too many of em' don't. Thus making 'Jade' feel like run-of-the-mill erotic thriller. Indeed, for those in search of themes like sex & power, Jade delivers. But even then I think you should stick with Basic Instinct.
I can easily see why Michael took the part of Bob Hargrove in this film. It was another opportunity to work with William Friedkin and the rest of the cast were at the top of their game too at that point of their careers.
I think Hargrove is a character with potential and by the end of the film actually actually plays a pivotal role in the film. It's just too small role and I wished they had developed the character more. What's his motivation and so forth. And if you know Biehn's trademarks at all, you can tell straight away whether he is a good guy or a bad guy.