A great, dreadful beginning, that leads us to know just about everything we should about his character. The film jumps to 30 years later, when he's working as a vending machine owner in mid-Texas. He's set in his ways, and is thrown out of whack when Meg Ryan comes into his life as a woman on the run from her husband. Soon his past comes back to haunt him, which complicates things further. Includes Gwyneth Paltrow in her very first role, as a memorable character who keeps popping in.
Written and Directed Steve Kloves, who's gone on to adapt most of the Harry Potter films, has created a wonderful little thriller, with some real feeling relationships. I'm surprised he hasn't directed anything since, but I hope that he gets the chance.