Crime Story

Season 2 Episode 10

Moulin Rouge

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 1988 on NBC
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The Justice Department tries to deal with troubles at a new nightclub - including bombings, extortion, and racial threats - owned by a beautiful black woman.

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  • New casion owned and operated by a beautiful jazz singer who happens to be black is terrorized by someone, but is it racial or just the underworld business as usual?

    Crime Story's second season might not be as uniformly excellent as the first, but this episode rises to the top. Excellent casting, a story that is totally believable, and good directing and cinematography combine for a fantastic episode.

    Speaking of casting, it doesn't get much better than Margaret Avery playing a jazz singer. If you saw her in "The Color Purple" you remember her character "Shug" and she propels "Moulin Rouge" to the top of the heap here. Add James McDaniel as a 60's George Benson style guitarist who happens to be on heroin and you have a great inner conflict which adds more realism. I give kudos to Mr. McDaniel because when they show the guitar scenes he appears he is really playing some great jazz ripps! The story too doesn't reveal itself too soon and takes a good turn from the "mob" being the bad guys for a change.

    A word about David Soul's direction, he moved and filmed this at a nice pace that built up to an very edgy middle where he used music and back and forth film cuts to underscore the tension of both what was happening as far as the "Moulin Rouge" casino, Iris the owner's struggle to keep going, and James McDaniels character sequestered "drying-out" coming of heroin. Throw in some very emotionally driven violence courtesy of Mike Torrello to get to the bottom of what the heck is going on and it just works in a most synergistic way. Total realistic grit and great pace. See this great season 2 episode.moreless

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