Dolan’s Cadillac (2010 DTV)

Canada, UK / 105 minutes (European release; US release is cut to 89 minutes) / color / Film Bridge, Minds Eye, Footprint, Prescience Dir: Jeff Beesley Pr: Alain Gagnon, Stephen Onda, Rhonda Baker Scr: Richard Dooling Story: “Dolan’s Cadillac” (1985, Castle Rock) by Stephen King Cine: Gerald Packer Cast: Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Wes Bentley, Greg Bryk, Aidan Devine, Al Sapienza, Karen LeBlanc, Eugene Clark, Robert Benz.

While horse-riding in the desert near Las Vegas, pretty young schoolteacher Elizabeth Robinson (Vaugier) comes across prostitution slave trafficker Jimmy Dolan (Slater) and his principal sidekick Chief (Bryk) committing multiple murder; a truck has arrived in which, because of a ventilation failure, most of the women have suffocated. Elizabeth escapes but drops her cellphone.

Elizabeth and her somewhat wimpish husband Tom (Bentley), also a teacher, report the incident to the local sheriff (Benz), but he makes it plain he doesn’t intend to do anything—as far as he’s concerned, the dead are just “pepper-bellies” and, the fewer of them that there are, the better. On getting home the Robinsons discover a dead woman in their bedroom, her lips sewn shut in a clear message; clearly Dolan’s people have traced Elizabeth by means of the dropped cellphone.

The case is taken seriously by Federal Agent Fletcher (Sapienza), who has been after Dolan for years. Elizabeth is eager to testify, so Fletcher puts the Robinsons into a witness-protection plan . . . which fails when Elizabeth, discovering she’s at last pregnant, disobeys instructions, leaves the hotel where they’ve been secreted and climbs into the family car, which promptly explodes.

Dolan's Cadillac

Victims of Dolan’s cruelty are disinterred from their desert burial place.

Tom starts drinking a lot. The fact that Elizabeth’s “ghost” appears to him at frequent intervals to offer advice doesn’t help. Eventually Continue reading