Watch Now: REVENGE
After having made an erotic horror film starring David Bowie (The Hunger (1983)), a culturally significant box office hit (Top Gun (1986)) and a buddy action-comedy sequel (Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)), the late English filmmaker Tony Scott ended up directing the romantic thriller Revenge (1990) as his fourth feature film. The movie, based on Jim Harrison’s 1979 novella of the same name, had been in the making for eleven years, with John Huston and Orson Welles attached to the project as directors at one point or another. And although Kevin Costner thought about the prospect of sitting in the director’s chair himself, he ultimately decided against it and was cast as the film’s leading man instead.
We follow his character Jay, a now-retired U.S. Navy aviator, as he visits his rich friend, crime boss Tibey played by Anthony Quinn, unsuspecting of the fact that he would fall in love with Tibey’s much younger wife Miryea, portrayed by Madeleine Stowe. Displeased with the theatrical cut of the film that producer Ray Stark made him agree to, Scott released a director’s cut three years after Stark’s death in 2004. This version was thirty minutes shorter than the original one, with the film’s unnecessary psychological elements getting removed and raunchy sex scenes being added. Because, according to the director, Revenge is ultimately a movie about “the insatiable desire to fuck”.