Sandy Fuller is a beautiful beach bunny, whose only day-to-day responsibilities are sun, surf, and fun. Smart and ambitious, Sandy wants more than her casual-sex relationship with her surfer-petty thief boyfriend, Teddy Lewis.
Sandy wants to meet her "Prince Charming".
When she meets Robert Goodis, Sandy thinks she's found her prince. Goodis is an attractive man in his thirties, living in an elegant beach house. When Robert and Sandy meet, the sparks of attraction turn to a wild fire.
The only problem is Robert's wealthy socialite wife, Laura.
Bitchy, possessive, and ten years older than Robert, Laura would rather destroy her husband than lose him to another woman.
Sandy will never have her Prince with Laura around.
So Robert hatches a plan. With Sandy and Teddy's help, they will substitute placebos for Laura's epilepsy medication. In her weakened state, it will be easy to take Laura out to sea and let the riptides take over. A swimming accident.
But once Laura has drowned, nothing goes as planned.
The body never washes ashore - the perfect murder is no longer perfect. Robert must report Laura as "missing" with the police. Detective Woolrich thinks Robert is acting suspicious - is he another Scott Peterson? The police send dive teams out to search for Laura's body...
Robert dumps Sandy and threatens to call the police if she bothers him. Robert has evidence which makes Sandy look like a "fatal attraction" killer.
With the police closing in on her, Sandy must use her intelligence to twist the evidence around so that Robert becomes the prime suspect in Laura's murder. But time is running out.
"RIPTIDES" is a hard edged thriller in the tradition of "Body Heat" and "Fatal Attraction", with a twisted, edge of the seat finale reminiscent of "Unlawful Entry"... and a twist ending that will knock your socks off!
"RIPTIDES" written 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.