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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Special effetcs are his life...and his death? See more »

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Action | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 10 mins) When Rollie offers Micky (Cliff De Young) coffee, he corrects his name to Lipton. Rollie smiles and says "Well, then I suppose you want tea". Lipton is a well known brand of tea. 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

Ellen: Nobody cares about making movies about people any more. All they care about is special effects.
Rollie Tyler: [ironically] I'm gonna cry.
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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 The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) 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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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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