Year of Release: 1994
Director: Dan Golden
Approx. Running Time: 77 minutes
Format(s): DVD & VHS
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)
Music Video: "The Bigger the Love (The Harder The Fall)" featuring scenes from Saturday Night Special
From Back Cover (of VHS):
This Gig Was Supposed To Be A One Night Stand.
Music sensation BILLY BURNETTE (Fleetwood Mac) makes his movie debut in SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL, a sexy suspenseful thriller in the tradition of BODY HEAT.
Travis (BURNETTE) arrives like a hot wind on a steamy summer night. He's a mystery man who sings his passion at the local roadhouse. Then there's Darleen (MARIA FORD), the hottest woman in town. She gets what she wants, starting with Travis. This lady has ambition, and murder is on her mind. The stakes are rising and someone is bound to lose. It's an erotic game of cat and mouse that will keep you guessting until the final, sizzling scene.
Whoever wrote the description on the back cover took great liberties with his or her wordage. Saturday Night Special is only enjoyable in the so-bad-it's-good kind of way and quite frankly I'm not entirely sure why Burnette chose to accept this role. I suppose he thought it would make a nice showcase for his music (and the viewer is treated to a lot of his songs, including "(All I Can Do Is) Dream You," "Nothin' To Do (And All Night To Do It)," "Tangled Up In Texas," "This Love (Ain't Long For This World)," "The Bigger the Love," and an amazing solo version of "When the Sun Goes Down") but the movie itself is lacking in so many ways. The plot is, in a word, predictable, the acting is not-so-great (though I've seen worse), and the sex scenes are more comedic than erotic. It also does not stay in keeping with the almost wholesome feel of Burnette's lyrics - most of which are simple songs about love and family.
Still, the movie is worth watching if for no other reason than the incredible music. VHS viewers are also treated to a bonus of three of Billy's music videos - "The Bigger the Love," "Tangled Up In Texas," and "Nothin' To Do (And All Night To Do It)."
Fleetwood Mac fans should keep their eyes peeled for a brief cameo appearance by Mick Fleetwood about an hour into the film. Don't blink or you might miss it.
Rated R (MPAA)