F/X (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  7 February 1986 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Ellen Keith
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Col. Mason
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Special effetcs are his life...and his death? See more »


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Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

F/X - Murder by Illusion  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$20,603,715 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Tyler is setting up the booby-traps upstairs at the mansion, note that the brass item that has the 'noise maker' changes shapes. See more »


Rollie Tyler: [Rollie is riding in a backseat and realizes he's sitting on a plastic sheet.] Why all the plastic?
Lipton: I didn't want to get any stains on the seat.
Rollie Tyler: What stains?
Lipton: [points a gun at Rollie] I'm sorry, Rollie. No loose ends.
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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 »


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


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Courtesy of Red Bus Records
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A neat idea for a film
2 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

F/X was a neat idea for a film. The story revolves around a special effects man recruited by the government to fake a mobsters death. The effects man is played by BRYAN BROWN and he meets the task with the enthusiasm he would for his film work until things go sour and hee gets paired with a cop named ROLLIE played by BRAIN DENNEHY. F/X works well and the inside look at the effects business works well also. Neither pretentious or boring the film gives us a hero who doesn't use a gun and instead uses a bag of special effects to battle crime. I liked F/X. I found the film to be both attention holding and imaginative; with just enough grit to make the police subplot work. The premise of the film itself is original and one of a kind. I recommend this film to fans of adventure films or a person looking the video store shelves for something different.

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