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The Specialist
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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted June 24, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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THE SPECIALIST

Synopsis:

A multi-millionaire attorney and businessman named Pike Smith (John Anderson) is relieved of his position as lead counsel for a major business firm. Instead of leaving gracefully, he takes the company to court for the loss of his job. To further complicate matters, he hires a slimy Private Investigator to infiltrate the jury pool with a woman known only as "The Specialist". There are all kinds of ways to measure the flow and intent of a jury, demographics, personal history, and personal predilections given past experience or preference, are just a few of the tools by which to measure the bend of any particular jury. Instead of using these tried and true methods, our P.I. resorts to a tool that's worked solidly, since the beginning of time! S.E.X. The Specialist is for lack of better terms an amply endowed prostitute who gets what she wants out of the jury by really putting her best…whatever first! Jerry Burrows (Adam West, yes Batman is the opposing counsel) is intent on winning his case the old fashioned way. Unbeknownst to him, the Specialist has been included just for him. The disgruntled businessman knows that his case is weak and the silver tongued cape-less crusader is winning the jury by his eloquence alone. The only way to win the trial is to somehow, get both a mistrial ordered and Adam West's character (Jerry Burrows) disbarred as well. Enter, the Specialist. Her tools primed and ready for the attack, she hypnotizes West with a long look at her naked bosom, and then throws caution to the winds with a semi-nude romp in the town lake. Needless to say, Batman, err… Mr. Wayne, Oh the heck with it, Adam West is drugged by her beauty and goes for the glory in front of an unsuspecting audience consisting of, the Judge, the Bailiff, The opposing Counsel and the Private Investigator.

Will the caped crusader's cataclysmic coercion cost him the case? Tune in tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel!

OK, maybe the bat analogy was a bit much but, in or out of the cowl, Adam West is Millionaire Bruce Wayne, AKA, and The Caped Crusader, Batman himself. If you should ever see the film, (and I hope for your sake you don't) You'll get my meaning the moment West takes the screen. Everything he does is right out of an episode of Batman. Not too mention that the script, acting, and storyline were all blunders of an enormous nature. This film was staffed with veterans of early TV programming and the sets they acted on looked to be something akin to a high school gymnasium (see the court room). This movie looks as though it tried to merge soft-core porn with a storyline worth following. What they actually got was Adam West pawing the breasts of an actor and making out in a pond. My childhood memories of Batman will never be the same again. If the Specialist was attempting to show you how "not" to make a movie, then it achieved its goal. Fine cinema, this is not. It is an awfully acted and terribly scripted farce of a film that will bore you to death, given a chance.

Audio/Video:

The audio is presented in a very dull mono platform that equals the tone of the film. There are no surround effects and the audio is housed wholly within the center channel. The dialogue is all very easily understood. The video is a widescreen platform that suffers mainly from a drab color presentation. There are flecks and scratches throughout and on the whole, the image is fair.

Extras:

There are no extras.

Overall:

If I had to list say the top 100 wretched films that I have ever seen, this could easily fall in at 99-100. In very simple terms, this is a really, really, really bad movie. Not even worth a rental. Skip It

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