THE KILLING ANGLE
LOU PARKER thought he had it made. After ten years in the Secret Service
tracking threat letters, he 'retired' to a kick back job as Head Of Security for a luxury
hotel in the Tropics. Plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery... Especially the
But when Parker lays eyes on Tania Lehman, he knows he's in trouble. She is
beautiful, seductive, and married to a powerful and secretive Wall Street businessman, Charles
Lehman... famous for investigating everyone he comes into contact with. Two day
later, Parker and Tania are hoping Lehman doesn't discover them in bed together. As
their passion increases, Parker realizes he's fallen for this woman. Fallen HARD.
Lehman is on the run from the law after embezzling billions from his investors in a Ponzi scheme - he "Madoff" with everything.
The law in this case is hard-edged FBI Agent Wally Burnett, who's
tailed Lehman and his wife to the tropics... following the stolen money.
When Parker goes to Tania's room for a little 'afternoon delight', he finds
Lehman dead, Tania and the money gone... And realizes he has been set up to take
the fall by somebody with access to the VIP floor. A celebrity murderer.
Parker turns detective, viewing the hotel's security video tapes and slyly
interviewing the Hotel's VIP guests. Everyone on the VIP floor has a motive, and no
one is who they seem to be. All of the clues point in different directions.
And the security videos show four very different angles showing four very
different killers leaving the scene of the crime. It's video "Rashomon". Parker must
race against time to find the real killer, before he is arrested for Lehman's murder.
But time is running out. After a violent encounter with Burnett, Parker realizes
he might not even get out of this alive.
"THE KILLING ANGLE" is a mystery-thriller in the Hitchcock tradition, with
dozens of twists. Part 'Body Heat', part 'Grand Hotel', part 'The Fugitive', part 'Rear
Window'. When crime in the streets, meet crime in the suites.
"THE KILLING ANGLE" a screenplay by William C. Martell
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I've written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). I've been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed my work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. I'm quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". My USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2007 I had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals.