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F/X (1986)

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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

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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

F/X  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Posters for Zombie (1979) and Fade to Black (1980) are seen hanging up in Rollie Tyler's apartment in several scenes. Also, the film I Dismember Mama (1972) is mentioned (referred to by its alternate title 'I Dismember Mama'). See more »

Goofs

When Rollie bundles Ellen into her apartment block they leave the key in the front door. See more »

Quotes

Leo McCarthy: [holding a gun at the side of Rollie's head, calmly] Hiya, Rollie. My name's Leo, and we need to talk.
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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 seven principal players (Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, 'Mason Adams', Jerry Orbach 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

References The Wolf Man (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

JUST AN ILLUSION
Performed by Imagination
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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