A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.

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Cast

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Ellen Keith
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Martin Lipton
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Col. Mason
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Nicholas DeFranco
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Mickey
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Andy
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Capt. Jake Wallenger
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Lt. Murdoch
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Varrick
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Gallagher
Jossie DeGuzman ...
Marisa Velez (as Jossie deGuzman)
Jean De Baer ...
Whitemore
M'el Dowd ...
Joyce Lehman (Miss Lehman) (as M'eL Dowd)
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A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double crosses him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents. Written by Rob Hartill

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Murder! Special effects? This time it's for real! See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

F/X - Murder by Illusion  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,240,695 (USA) (9 February 1986)

Gross:

$20,603,715 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Angela Bassett. See more »

Goofs

As Defranco dies, his neck tie lies to his left, touching his trousers. Col. Mason removes the key from cross/pendent, and drops it on Defranco's chest. It lands on the tie. When McCarthy enters the room to check on the body, Defranco's shirt is opened wider, the necklace is moved, and the necktie is splayed, one end touching the floor, the other across his chest. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The director: Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Great. Great. Great. We got it. Great. You ladies alright? What about you? You okay?
Rollie Tyler: Ellen, come on out of there.
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Crazy Credits

Just at the start of the end credits, the camera flashes briefly through out-take type shots of the eight principal players (Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Martha Gehman, and Joe Grifasi). Each actor smiles out-of-character at the camera as though in appreciation to the audience of their performances. See more »

Connections

Spin-off F/X: The Series (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL
Performed by Huey Lewis & The News (as Huey Lewis and The News)
Written by Johnny Colla (as J. Colla) and Huey Lewis
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc.
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Special effects in New York City
21 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A movie special effects man is running for his life in "F/X," a 1986 film starring Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Jerry Orbach, and Mason Adams. Strangely enough, the movie also features two actresses from my alma mater, Diana Venora and Josie de Guzman.

Rollie Tyler (Brown) takes on a rush job for the government - they want it to look as if their primo informant (Orbach) has been murdered to take the danger out of getting him to the courtroom and protecting him afterward. But like Rollie's work, things aren't what they seem, and Rollie finds himself on the run.

Despite its name, F/X isn't a big movie, and the special effects are things you can see on any television show. What makes it unique is the way Rollie uses his wits and skill to elude those after him. One of the most exciting scenes occurs as Rollie, in his F/X van, careens through the streets of New York, using every trick he knows to get away from the police. Not your average car chase.

Australian actor Bryan Brown, who achieved fame and a beautiful wife from the miniseries "The Thorn Birds" is terrific as the desperate Rollie. Brian Dennehy plays a rogue cop - he's funny and effective, and the late Jerry Orbach, whose career spanned stage, films, and television, is the perfect mob informant.

F/X inspired a television show of the same name starring Cameron Daddo and also a sequel. For a little movie, it did quite well, managing to entertain with drama, humor, and thrills. It's a lot of fun.


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