Illicit Behavior (1992) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Scoop's notes

This film is also known as Criminal Intent

If I tell you that this is a non-theatrical erotic thriller starring Kent McCord and Robert Davi, you can probably figure out immediately that it is not likely to be confused with Branagh's Henry V. It's about what you would expect from the description. An out-of-control cop is being investigated by Internal Affairs. The Internal Affairs guy takes his job title a bit too literally and ends up having an internal affair of his own with the cop's smokin'-hot wife (Joan Severance). The results ain't pretty.

For the record, here are the positives and negatives, as I see them:

In the plus column:

1. The plot of this film is actually pretty good. The first half progresses predictably based upon the premise I described above, but the film then starts to go off in some crazy directions, and we find out that almost nothing has been what it seemed to be. Several surprises follow in rapid-fire order, and the various intrigues and misunderstandings result in more corpses than the final scene of Hamlet. Although I have seen my share of films, I did not expect many of the surprises, and I did not find them to be excessively contrived or illogical, so the storyline was sort of fun in an over-the-top way.

2. Joan Severance looks beautiful in this film and showed some skin here and there.

3. The film is finally on DVD, 13 years after it went to video.

In the minus column:

1. The erotica is sub-par. The nudity basically consists of fleeting glimpses of isolated body parts in dark sex scenes. The actual sex scenes don't generate much electricity, as you might guess from the identity of the male leads.

2. The DVD transfer is uninspired. The colors are faded and there's a lot of motion blur. It is available in Region 2 only, PAL format only.

So, based upon your expectations for a straight-to-video erotic thriller, you'll probably find it to be a more interesting thriller than you might expect, but also far less erotic.

Illicit Behavior DVD Joan Severance (1992)


  • No features
  • No widescreen
  • Not playable in Region 1
  • The DVD to the left is a Region 2 PAL DVD from The Netherlands. It is available in the USA from an importer. Click on the image for info.



Joan Severance shows her breasts in several dark sex scenes, but there are very few nice frames of her face and breasts together. Her bum is seen once from a distance, and another time in extreme close-up.

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Based on this description, this film is a C-. If you are into erotic thrillers, it's watchable. The plot is better than expected, but the erotica is worse.

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