Kim plays a nearly divorced hairstylist desperate to retrieve some nude photos of herself that she posed for in a weak moment. Unfortunately she chooses the worst possible moment to confront the photographer (played by Jerry Stiller) over the matter at his studio....no sooner does she go there to talk to him when she unwittingly hears him getting murdered after he hides her in the back room of his office.
In the midst of this Nadine also has to deal with the fact that she is carrying the child of her soon-to-be-ex-husband Vernon (Jeff Bridges), a down-on-on-his-luck bar owner who is in serious financial straits and also happens to have a new girl on the side.. All that takes a back seat however when they both find themselves at the mercy of Buford Pope (Rip Torn), an unscrupulous and ruthless businessman. He is well aware that Nadine was there at the time of the murder and is after a map (involving a road scheme worth loads of money) that she unwittingly took with her when she fled the scene and the map that Vernon snatched back at her place.
From then on Vernon and Nadine have to fight to save their lives as well as their marriage as Pope and his crew set out to get the map back and eliminate any and all loose ends (meaning the two of them).
I always felt that Kim Basinger was underrated as an actress and she really shines in the title role. Rip Torn makes an excellent and oily villain, he really convinces you that he will do anything, including murder, to get his way and to let nothing and nobody stand in his way.
I love the soundtrack from the movie too.
If I have one quibble with the movie, it's that I just don't see the chemistry between Kim and Jeff Bridges. I mean, I also liked Jeff in here, however my feeling is this: even though the movie gives the impression that Vernon and Nadine will live happily ever after at the end of the movie, nothing has really changed with Vernon's situation. He is still in the financial hole, and Nadine, the more sensible of the two up to that point, has now even started to share his rose colored view of the future. I'm all for happy endings, but even I can't help but feel that despite the optimistic climax they're still going to have serious problems to have to work through.
Having said that I still feel it's a highly enjoyable film.