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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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
Paul D'Amato ...
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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Storyline

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  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,603,715 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Rollie is ambushed in the back seat of a car, the vehicle crashes through a billboard that has posters for the Code of Silence (1985). Orion Pictures, who made "F/X" also made that film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 13 mins) Rollie Tyler leaves the FBI office, then in the next shot he is walking up the stairs to his apartment wearing a black sweater that he didn't have on in the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Rollie Tyler: [Andy has used movie smoke bombs to help break Rollie's truck out of the police impound lot] Jesus! What pots did you use?
Andy: The big ones!
Rollie Tyler: I said Hellraisers, not Killer Smoke!
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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

Referenced in Community: Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

JUST AN ILLUSION
Performed by Imagination
Courtesy of Red Bus Records
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Slick fun
3 July 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

"F/X: Murder by Illusion" is a well-written, intriguing film from the pens of Gregory Fleeman and Robert T. Megginson. Their sharp narrative constantly keeps you guessing throughout the 109 minute running time. Special effects (F/X) are always entertaining, as is the cast including Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy, who are always believable, in a clever, quick-witted movie.

Robert Mandell never lets anything get out of hand, which he very easily could have given the nature of the film. Original music by "Rocky" composer Bill Conti is also very effective. I am looking forward to seeing the sequel.

Wednesday, June 26, 1991 - Video


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