Point of Betrayal (1995)
Rod Taylor plays Ted Kitteridge in a thriller that examines how "absolute
money corrupts absolutely."
The story also features a rare big-screen love story involving a 60-something
couple. Lush South Florida locales provide the backdrop.
Laura (Dina Merrill) is a wealthy widow who marries Ted to share her
twilight years with. But Laura's son, David (Rick Johnson), is suspicious
that his new stepfather is going to spend his billion-dollar inheritance
-- never mind that Ted has his own millions to spend. Rick's fear rises
after Ted impulsively buys an exotic summer home to share with Laura.
David gains control of his mother's finances and hires a sexy, sneaky
nurse, Monet (Rebecca Broussard), to keep an eye on Laura -- and to mess
with her medication. Daughter Sara (Ann Cusack) seems to mediate the family
conflict, but all's not what it appears to be.
Rod's in fine form, and there are some Taylor-made staples for his fans:
Fisticuffs and a glimpse of bare chest.
Although set in South Carolina, "Point of Betrayal" was filmed
in various Palm Beach County, Fla., locations -- the lighthouse sits at
Jupiter Inlet and many scenes were shot in Boca Raton (where your Web hostess
went to college). Its alternate title is "Shattered Trust."
The Palm Beach Post dropped in on the filming of a scene at the Boca
Raton Hotel and Club, and here's part of the report, from Nov. 14, 1994:
While Taylor wanders off to prepare for his on-camera
entrance, Merrill watches affectionately and says, "It's fun to work
with Rod again." ... The first time, she recalls, was a guest appearance
on one of Taylor's TV series.
"They started at the crack of dawn, so I arrived
at 7:30 ready to rehearse. And it was, 'Miss Merrill, this is Mr. Taylor.'
'How do you do?' 'Nice to meet you.' 'OK, we're shooting a love scene.
Would you mind getting in bed?' It's true! By lunch we knew each other
... Merrill and Taylor take their places to film their
simple but emotional scene. The actors run through a couple of rehearsals;
a special effects technician creates a dreamy atmosphere by blowing smoke
onto the set. The cameras roll for a take, and Taylor slowly enters the
ballroom, jacket in hand, and sits at a table. He seems weary and melancholy,
and then he looks up to see Merrill, off-camera. His face lights up as
he smiles and says, "I've missed you."
"I've missed you, my love. Dance with me,"
says Merrill, radiant in an electric-blue dress. Taylor moves to join her.
They embrace and dance.
Director Richard Martini was exuberant with his praise for Rod,
saying: "Rod is truly one of the greatest actors I've ever worked with.
He's charming, funny, brilliant, a terrific writer, and a painter as well. ... I love Rod's work in 'Point of Betrayal.' ... He actually makes
you care about the characters."