January 9, 2008
Netflix DVD
92 Minutes
Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens

He Had To Have Her.

…In 1959, a married lawyer, who feared that his Mistress was going to stop seeing him and perhaps find somebody else, hired two men to knock on her door and throw lye in her face when she answered. She was blinded and the story became a tabloid sensation. The young woman, incredibly beautiful, added sunglasses to her fashion ensembles. The man went to Attica prison in New York. He never stopped writing letters to the woman, trying to get her back. Upon his release a dozen years later, he asks her to marry him, and she accepts. Her girlfriends do not view this with the horror you might expect. She’s lonely after all…

…one of the wackiest love stories of all time. It involves cheating, fidelity, publicity, and maybe even fate. The story is fabulous, with seemingly hundreds of newspaper clippings as evidence of this case’s wide appeal–at least in New York City. But somehow, the film can not match the interest of the story. I found myself bored at points. All the faces shown on camera are interesting, but perhaps they’ve told their story too many times. One talking head drops the N word like it was the most natural thing in the world. That at least woke me from my doze…

6.9 Metacritic
6.9 IMDB


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Written by Michael W. Cummins