When Nadine tries to retrieve nudie pictures, she lands herself and her soon-to-be ex-husband Vernon in deep water in “Nadine.”
“Nadine” played by Kim Basinger realizes she posed for something other than nice pictures and goes to retrieve the pictures. While at the photographer’s office, she witnesses his murder. The story takes off from there.
Vernon and Nadine Hightower prove to be two of the funniest country bumpkins in Texas. She tries to recover her “Art Studies” but in doing so, obtains highly valuable plans for new roadway development. The plans are those desired by crooks which is why the photographer was killed. Nadine, now in possession of the “Art Studies”, becomes the target of criminals.
The effort by Buford Pope played by Rip Torn is to get the studies from Vernon and Nadine. However, Vernon realizing the value of these “Art Studies” has now involved his cousin in the plan. Cousin Dwight Estes played by Jay Patterson sees “$” signs and tries to manipulate the studies from his cousin. However, Vernon even though appearing to be a push over, will not release them, but gives Dwight an alternative option. When Dwight solicits the aid of Buford Pope played by Rip torn, he never realizes until it is too late that the very person involved in the murder is Pope.
Pope solicited the photographer to get the road development plans. The photographer tried to blackmail him so he had him killed. When this occurred, Nadine somehow acquired the plans instead of her “Art Studies.” Pope realizing the only person who could have the plans is Nadine, wants them back. However, Vernon is not going for it. He sees “$” and come hell or high water, his plan is to capitalize on the plans somehow.
The antics of Nadine and Vernon in their attempt to keep one step ahead of Pope are hilarious. They play the southern, hillbilly typish role extremely well. Jeff Bridges has the sound of a country bumpkins perfectly depicted.
His ability to move into character in this movie is exceptional. At times his acting ability doesn’t appear to be as focused and sharp as protégé dad had. Realize however, not all kids have that same deepness. However, during his later movies or as he performed more and more, his performance on stage seemed to mature as his skill sharpened.
Kim Bassinger is as always the gorgeous blond who keeps her husband on his toes. She manipulates Vernon easily into doing little things she desires. However, at times, Vernon appears annoyed with the feminine side of his wife.
For a ton of laughter, watch “Nadine.” If not for anything else, you’ll adore main characters Vernon and Nadine.
Kim Bassinger – Nadine Hightower
Jeff Bridges – Vernon Hightower
Rip Torn – Buford Pope
Gwen Verdon – Vera
Jay Patterson – Dwight Estes