When New York City psychiatrist Sam Rice's (Roy Scheider) patient is murdered, the man's mistress (Meryl Streep) pays Sam a visit. She's cool and lovely, and the two feel a spark, but before they know it, it seems the doctor is being stalked by a killer.
Fair warning: This is not a movie to watch alone, at night, in the dark. Other than that, it's a great little thriller! The director made it as a tribute to Hitchcock and indeed, many of the old master's classic character-types and plot points are included: The icy blonde, the sensitive man who must prove his own innocence by solving a mystery, frequent chilling scenes in lonely rooms where no one ever bothers to turn on a light. Oh, and Jessica Tandy (who was in "The Birds") is here, too, playing Sam's mother. Streep is very young and beautiful, looking oh-so vulnerable and in need of rescuing. Her knight in shining armor, Scheider, plays it so low-key he almost disappears except in the intense, things-that-go-bump-in-the-night scenes where he's absolutely terrified, as is the audience.
This is edge-of-your-seat fun that kept me guessing until the dramatic finale; a well-made mystery with good, old-fashioned characters and story and no profanity or on-screen violence. Recommended.