Ballad of the Sad Cafe (Ballad of the Sad Cafe Prods./Merchant-Ivory Prods.). Shooting in Austin. Vanessa Redgrave, Cork Hubbert, Rod Steiger and Keith Carradine star in this adaptation of Carson McCullers' novella. The story focuses on a love triangle and the vast differences between the loved and the beloved. Producer Ismail Merchant. Director Simon Callow. Screenwriters Michael Hirst and Callow.
Crisscross (Hawn Sylbert Co./Criss Prods.). Shooting in Key West. Goldie Hawn, hot off of her "Bird on a Wire" success, essays the role of a stripper who becomes aware that her beloved, young, entrepreneurial son is pushing drugs. Producer Anthea Sylbert. Director Chris Menges. Screenwriter Scott Sommer. Also stars Arliss Howard, David Arnott and Keith Carradine.
Liebestraum (Initial Films/Pathe Ent.). Shooting in New York. "Internal Affairs" director Mike Figgis guides Kim Novak in one of her infrequent screen appearances. This erotic mystery concerns some characters in the present who are inexplicably plunged into a 1957 double murder. The story culminates in a shocking revelation. Producers Eric Fellner and Michael Flynn. Screenwriter Figgis. Also stars Pamela Gidley and "Orphans' " Kevin Anderson.
Little Noises (Monument Pictures). Shooting in Queens. Quirky Crispin Glover and spunky Tatum O'Neal star in this look at a department-store shoe salesman who aspires to be on the best-seller lists. He achieves this dream only by plagiarizing the works of a severely mentally retarded boy who lives and writes in his neighborhood. Producers Brad Gilbert and Michael Spielberg. Director Jane Spencer. Screenwriters Spencer and Jon Zeiderman. Also stars Rik Mayall, John McGinley, James LeGros and Steven Schub.
Stranger in the House (Eagle Intl.). Shooting in New York and Connecticut. Lorraine Bracco, Harry Dean Stanton and Terence Stamp topline Stamp's own directorial debut. It's based on the Patricia MacDonald thriller concerning a woman whose kidnaped boy returns 10 years after his abduction. Her joy is short-lived when she learns a madman wants her son dead. Executive producers Ed Pressman and Stefano Dammicco. Producers Ciro Dammicco and Guy J. Louthan. Screenwriters Oric Zacar, Jane Young and Stamp. Also stars Nolan Hemmings and Charlotte Lewis.