Deadly Companion (also known as Double Negative) is a 1980 Canadian thriller film based on the novel The Three Roads by Ross Macdonald.

Deadly Companion
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The VHS artwork for Deadly Companion
Directed byGeorge Bloomfield
Produced byJerome S. Simon
David Main
Written byThomas Hedley Jr.
Charles Dennis
Based onThe Three Roads by Ross Macdonald
StarringMichael Sarrazin
Susan Clark
Anthony Perkins
Howard Duff
Kate Reid
Al Waxman
Music byPaul Hoffert
CinematographyRené Verzier
Edited byGeorge Appleby
Quadrant Films
Distributed byQuadrant Films
Release date
January 1980
Running time
96 minutes


Michael Taylor, played by Michael Sarrazin, is tormented by his sheer lack of memory concerning the night his wife was found brutally killed. Michael's girlfriend Paula (Susan Clark) helps him attempt to make sense of it all. Anthony Perkins plays a blackmailer; Maury Chaykin, Kenneth Welsh and Michael Ironside appear in minor roles.

Several cast members of the comedy show SCTV appear in this film, all playing small dramatic roles. (Director George Bloomfield had directed SCTV from 1977 through 1979, and brought the cast into the fold.) John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Dave Thomas all have minor or bit parts; only O'Hara is in more than one scene, and Levy is visible for less than five seconds. It was the film debut for both O'Hara and Thomas.

Some later video releases of the film misleadingly give some or all of the SCTV cast top billing. In the actual film credits, no SCTV member is billed higher than 11th.


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