No Alibi


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

I think this must be a horror movie, since:

  • the photography is so dark, they must all be vampires

  • written on the DVD box are the three scariest words in the English language: "starring Eric Roberts"

Um, let's see. Superman (Dean Cain) has a brother who borrows his car and rips off some stolen electronics. The guy who originally stole the merchandise (Eric Roberts) is pretty hacked off, especially since he had taken the electronic components out of the VCRs and replaced them with 2.5 million dollars in cash. By the way, Roberts' character name sounds like it should be in a Monty Python sketch. His name is Vic Haddock.  Anyway, Eric sees the car fleeing the scene, researches the owner, and assumes that Superman pulled off the rip-off.

Well, about at this time, a mysterious new woman comes into Superman's life, and they seem to be hitting it off quite well, until she overhears the brother say that he borrowed the car that night. Then she decides to sleep with the brother. During their liaison. who should show up but Julia Roberts' favorite brother, and he kills Superman's brother. You've probably already figured out from the preceding sentences that the girl was actually working for Big Eric all along, hence her switch to the brother when she figured out who really stole the VCRs.

That part of the movie was a pretty damned good noir, atmospheric and mysterious, and they didn't immediately reveal the connection between the girlfriend and the crime, so they really had you wondering why this sweet girlfriend was suddenly making a play for the brother. That should have been the end of the movie.

Unfortunately it wasn't. That was only a third of the way through.

The rest of the movie hinged on the rather lame premise that the girl had actually fallen in love with The Man of Steel, despite having participated in the murder of his brother. Hoo-boy, does this make Eric mucho jealous, so he shadows them for years as they fall in love and get married and have a child and start to get gray.

All along Superman is still wondering just exactly why his brother was brutally murdered, so he finally gets around to hiring a detective, and he really isn't too pleased when he finds out that his wife first screwed the brother and then set up his death. That's gotta hurt.

Years go by. Continents shift. They resolve it somehow, but I can't say how. I wouldn't want to spoil the ending for you. Actually the ending is OK, as were the first thirty minutes. The middle hour seemed longer than the Hundred Years War, and that accounts for the pathetically low score at IMDb.

For some reason, the discontinuation of the title has pushed the price of a used DVD into astronomical heights. While No Alibi is not as bad as the IMDb score might indicate, you simply have too much money if you pay forty bucks or more to obtain it.


No major reviews online.



2.8 IMDB summary (of 10)


Straight to video.



The star, Lexa Doig, Cowgirl from the Tek War series and Andromeda in the Roddenberry-based Andromeda series (, is one fine-lookin' woman, but the sex scenes were so dark that it was frustrating.

Another woman was in an equally dark scene, but had an unimportant role. (She's a hooker, and Roberts hired her to dress up like Doig.)


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is probably a C-. Don't be fooled by the IMDb score. It is not Body Heat, but it is not a bad genre film. It's a typical straight-to-vid.