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Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie

4.1 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Trapped by a burning secret. Torn by a blazing desire. He gave her his devoted passion. He offered her a lasting relationship. He promised her a secure future. She thought he was all she ever wanted. Until she met everything she ever desired: the perfect body... on the perfect man... with a perfect opportunity for having a secret affair with a total stranger. Haunted by guilt, she is drawn uncontrollably into the powerful, beckoning arms of illicit lust and feverish obsession. But like a moth lured to the candle, the fire that now controls her could be the flame that one day consumes her.

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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Brigitte Bako, Billy Wirth, Kai Wulff, Bridgit Ryan
  • Directors: Zalman King
  • Writers: Zalman King, Patricia Louisianna Knop
  • Producers: Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, David Saunders, James Gavin Bedford, Mark Damon, Patricia Louisianna Knop
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VWL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie" on IMDb

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By atmj TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
As an X-files fan, I have listened to and read a number of articles where David Duchovny referred to the Red Shoe Diaries, so I thought I would check it out. When I read information on the tape I thought it was just another sex-oriented storyless movie. Finally, I decided, on the strength of those references to give it a shot.
I don't regret it. There is sex no-doubt and pretty artfully done, but that's not really what the movie is all about.
The only thing I didn't like was the character Alex's breathy phlegmatic voice. However, given the movie, it may have been done delibrerately.
The movie starts out surprisingly enough with the funeral of the central character Alex. Jake (David Duchovny's character) is obviously the significant other. The reactions of some of the family and friends are odd. Friends are supportive, but the one family member the mother, is obviously accusational.
After her funeral, while gathering Alex's clothing and shoes from where they lived, Jake stumbles on some diaries written by Alex. Here he reads not only of her admiration and love for himself but of another man in her life. A shock you can well imagine. A surprise as well when you have read of the satisfaction she has with her life and with Jake.
As he reads on, she describes the situation of her meeting the "other man; Tom". Girls lets face it, he is an eyeful.
This is a psychological movie in the sense that you have to understand and you will as you watch the movie, that Alex is a woman that is always being controlled by other people. Based on comments by Alex, she often lets people take control. When Jake meets her mother after their engagement, it is easy to see where this all began. Her descriptions of her youth only reinforce it further.
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A young woman(Bridget Bako) is torn between her fiancee, played by a pre-X Files Duchovny, and a shoe salesman she is having an affair with, played by gorgeous Billy Wirth...not that Duchovny isn't bad himself! She can't decide between the 2 she committs suicide! After her death, Duchovny finds her diary, along with a pair of sexy red shoes she purchased from Wirth, and tries to put the pieces together. This is bascially the jist of the film. It is shown in flashbacks as Duchovny sorts painfully through her belongings. He reads her diary hoping it will provide some insight as to why she took her life. What he learns about the woman he loves is devastating! I have watched this film many times. I enjoy it very much. I like director Zalman King's films. (Another good one is Two Moon Junction) I think he is able to make sensual films from a womans point of view, which is why they come across as erotic, not smutty. The only thing I don't like is, the version originally aired on Showtime and the rental version have different endings. I prefer the cable version. You end up liking Wirth much better. I don't know why King found it necessary to have 2 endings, the difference drastically alters the tone of the film. If possible, try and get your hands on the cable version first. You can purchase both versions, so know which is which. I must admit that I don't care for the Showtime series, Red Shoe Diaries, for which this movie was the pilot. Bridget Bako is absolutely lovely in the scene were she manically dances about her apartment. She reminds me of a young Jane Fonda. Billy Wirth's smouldering character posesses the uncanny ability to guess his customers shoe sizes the moment they walk into the store. But his character is not as shallow as he appears.Read more ›
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Over a year ago, I came across a pre-owned VHS copy of the "Red Shoe Diaries" pilot. I knew Duchovny starred in it, being a big X-Files fan and having caught an installment or two on Showtime in which he only began and ended it. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I bought that video.
The pilot film blows away every other installment I have seen, because it provides a bittersweet backstory for the whole series. Duchovny plays Jake, a handsome and successful architect living and working in L.A. He is deeply in love with his live-in girlfriend, who later becomes his fiancee'. Her name is Alex, (played by an actress named Brigitte Bako), and she is an interior designer. Jake and Alex seem to be the perfect couple with the perfect life and love.... but looks can be decieving. This is evidenced by the fact that the film opens with Alex's funeral, and Jake's inconsoleable grief.
Upon returning home and starting to pack up Alex's belongings, the mourning Jake finds two key things: Alex's secret diary, and a pair of red high-heeled Kenneth Cole shoes. As he begins to read her diary, sudden loss is cruelly compounded by the crushing discovery of betrayal and infidelity. It seems Jake was so blinded by love and pre-occupied with work that he failed to see just what a dysfunctional tragedy waiting to happen his Alex really was.... a fact which began to reveal itself first with his discovery of her lifeless body, and continuing as he got caught up in the diary's chronicle of Alex's secret other life and paramour.
This other man was Tom (played by the scrumptious Billy Wirth, easily as hot as DD), who worked both as a construction worker and a shoe salesman. It is through him that Alex acquires the red shoes.
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