Just watched The World, Then The Fireworks again and couldn't help wondering what your favourite movie based on a Jim Thompson novel might be. Here's a few to think on:
The Getaway (1972) - Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw in her prime. Directed by Sam Peckinpah - what a pedigree!
The Killer Inside Me (1976) - Stacy 'Mike Hammer' Keach and weirder-than-weird Susan Tyrrell
Serie Noire (1979) - Patrick Dewaere and Bernard Blier in a French version of Hell of A Woman set in Paris
Coup de Torchon (1980) - The great Betrand Tavernier directing and starring Phillippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert - oh, and rockabilly singer Eddy Mitchell in a startling performance.
The Kill-Off (1989) - Vastly under-rated and starting the decade when Thompson was 're-discovered', Loretta Gross and Andrew Lee Barrett star.
After Dark, My Sweet (1990) with Rachel Ward, so it can't be all bad
The Grifters (1990) - What do you want me to say? Stephen Frears in the chair - John Cusack, Angelica Huston and gorgeous Annette Bening on the boards.
The Getaway (1994) - Kim Basinger looks good - and Alec Baldwin looks sharp.
Hit Me (1996) - Secret pleasure of mine - Elias Koteas and a strong appearance from William H Macy , a man born out of time if ever there was one.
This World, then The Fireworks (1997) - Steeped in period detail. Great performances from Billy Zane, drop-dead gorgeous Gina Gershon and mad-as-a-hatter Sheryl Lee.
The Killer Inside Me (2010) - Casey Affleck in fine form, Kate Hudson and oh boy, Jessica Alba too
So, come on, what's your favourite?