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

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

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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)

Gross:

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

Special effects man John Stears claimed that he had been offered money by government agencies to simulate various things as depicted in the film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) Right before Rollie leaves the FBI office, he sets a cup of coffee down twice. 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 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

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Soundtracks

JUST AN ILLUSION
Performed by Imagination
Courtesy of Red Bus Records
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A slick film
8 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

"F/X" beats most Hollywood action films. It stands out with a slick basic idea developed to a proper script that offers twists and surprises all the way to the end, but luckily not as much as "Mission: Impossible" did.

Bryan Brown is just the right man for the part of Rollie. He and Brian Dennehy make a great pair, although they don't appear together until the end of the film.

Refreshingly original and highly recommendable.


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