A personable man with the curiosity gene and the what-comes-next instinct of someone who likes to both hear and tell stories, Mr. Demme had a good one of his own, a Mr. Deeds kind of tale in which he wandered into good fortune and took advantage of it. A former movie publicist, he had an apprenticeship in low-budget B-movies with the producer Roger Corman before turning director.
The casting is inspired and the film is a remarkable thriller in the Hitchcock mold. Demme would capitalize on this and have a great career that included an Academy Award for best director for his work in Silence of the Lambs.