I Love a Man in Uniform

Director: David Wellington
Screenwriters: David Wellington

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


TV cops are a breed apart. They not only get the "man,” they always do it with style, conviction, and a clever quip. In the TV universe, there's nothing sexier than law enforcement. It’s this cocktail of seduction and threat that fuels David Wellington's stylish psychological thriller Henry Adler is a bank clerk with an assertiveness problem and an unsuccessful sideline as an actor. It turns out all he needed was the right role. When he's offered the part of a tough cop, he takes to the power and authority like a shark to water. Little by little, he takes on the easy brutality of his character, carrying his commitment way beyond acting.

With a ferocity that harks back to Martin Scorsese, Adler gets confused. He can't distinguish between the role he's paid to play and the pa~ deep inside him that is that role. It's only when he runs into the real thing a truly vicious, corrupt policeman, wonderfully played by Kevin Tighe—that he's forced to confront the consequences of his actions. McCamus turns In a dead-on performance as Adler, and Wellington gives his story both edge and wit, showing up the dark allure of TV action, and skillfully propelling the film.

Friday Jan 21 6:30 pm
Park City Library Center

Monday Jan 24 4:40 pm
Holiday Village Cinema III

Saturday Jan 29 9:30 pm
Park City Library Center


— Cameron Bailey, Toronto Film Festival

Screening Details

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