How much keeffe is in this movie?
Don’t worry. There’s Miles O’Keeffe in The Drifter. (™ MST3k)
While driving back to Los Angeles from a fashion show, designer Julia Robbins (Kim Delaney, long before co-starring on NYPD Blue) picks up and has a one night stand with a hitchhiker named Trey (O’Keeffe). Even though Julia does not ever plan to see him again, she still gives him her grandfather’s stopwatch. Trey is so touched by the gift that he shows up in Los Angeles and starts demanding to see her. Julia, who already has a cheating boyfriend (Timothy Bottoms), doesn’t want anything to do with Trey. When one her friends is murdered while staying at Julia’s apartment, Julia finally goes to the police and tells Detective Morrison (played by the director, Larry Brand) about Trey. But is Trey the one who she should be worried about?
The Drifter is an above average example of the films that Roger Corman executive produced in the 80s and 90s. The predictable plot won’t win any points for plausibility but Larry Brand did a good job directing and everyone in the cast (especially Delaney) contributed a decent performance. The film has a twist ending that might take viewers by surprise but probably won’t. As for where this ranks in the Miles O’Keeffe filmography, it’s better than Tarzan, The Ape Man but it’s still no Ator.
The Drifter was enough of a success that it got a quasi-sequel in 1990. Larry Brand (and Detective Morrison) returned in tomorrow’s movie a day, Overexposed.