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1 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Petersen ... Richard Chance (as William L. Petersen)

Willem Dafoe ... Eric Masters

John Pankow ... John Vukovich

Debra Feuer ... Bianca Torres

John Turturro ... Carl Cody

Darlanne Fluegel ... Ruth Lanier (as Darlanne Fleugel)

Dean Stockwell ... Bob Grimes

Steve James ... Jeff Rice

Robert Downey Sr. ... Thomas Bateman (as Robert Downey)
Michael Greene ... Jim Hart

Christopher Allport ... Max Waxman
Jack Hoar ... Jack
Valentin de Vargas ... Judge Filo Cedillo (as Val DeVargas)

Dwier Brown ... Doctor
Michael Chong ... Thomas Ling
Jacqueline Giroux ... Claudia Leith (as Jackely Giroux)
Michael Zand ... Terrorist
Bobby Bass ... FBI Agent
Dar Robinson ... FBI Agent (as Dar Allen Robinson)

Anne Betancourt ... Nurse
Katherine M. Louie ... Ticket Agent
Edward Harrell ... Airport Guard
Gilbert Espinoza ... Ultro's Bartender
John Petievich ... Agent
Zarko Petievich ... Agent
Rick Dalton ... Agent
Richard L. Lane ... Agent
Jack Cota ... Agent
Shirley J. White ... Airline Passenger
Gerald H. Brownlee ... Visiting Room Guard
David M. DuFriend ... Tower Guard
Rubén García ... Inmate Ruben
Joe Duran ... Prison Guard
Bufort McClerkins ... Prison Assailant (as Buford McClerkins)

Gregg Dandridge ... Prison Assailant
Donnie Williams ... Rice's Friend
Earnest Hart Jr. ... Rice's Friend

Thomas F. Duffy ... Credit Card Counterfeiter
Gerald Petievich ... Special Agent (as Gerry Petievich)
Mark Gash ... Mark Gash
Pat McGroarty ... Criminal
Brian Bradley ... Tourist

Jane Leeves ... Serena / dancer (as Jane Leaves)
Cherise Bates ... Dancer (as Cherise Bate)
Michael Higgins ... Dancer (as Michael W. Higgins)
Chris Latanzi ... Dancer (as Chris Lattanzi)
Shaun Earl ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Baltes ... Driver (uncredited)

Tommy Bull ... Bit part (uncredited)

Gary Cole ... Man Chased by Richard Chance (uncredited)

Stevie Mack ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Jason Ronard ... Man Chased by Richar (uncredited)
Joey Sotello ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Chris Tashima ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
Writing credits
Gerald Petievich (novel)

William Friedkin (screenplay) &
Gerald Petievich (screenplay)

Produced by
Irving H. Levin .... producer
Samuel Schulman .... executive producer
Bud S. Smith .... co-producer (as Bud Smith)
Original Music by
Wang Chung 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography) (as Robby Muller)
Film Editing by
M. Scott Smith  (as Scott Smith)
Casting by
Robert Weiner  (as Bob Weiner)
Production Design by
Lilly Kilvert 
Art Direction by
Buddy Cone 
Set Decoration by
Cricket Rowland 
Costume Design by
Linda M. Bass  (as Linda Bass)
Makeup Department
Jeff Dawn .... head makeup artist (as Jefferson Dawn)
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Production Management
John J. Smith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Myers .... first assistant director
Bob Roe .... second assistant director
Bud S. Smith .... second unit director (as Bud Smith)
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... props
Raymond Camaioni .... carpenter
Dins W.W. Danielsen .... assistant art director (as Dins Danielson)
Rainer Fetting .... painter: Masters' paintings
Amanda J. Flick .... painter (as Amanda Flick)
Dennis Hoerter .... carpenter
Richard K. Hummel .... assistant set decorator (as Richard Hummel)
Jon Hutman .... set dresser
Portia Iversen .... assistant set decorator (as Portia Iverson)
William C. Jones .... carpenter (as William Jones)
Gavin McCune .... carpenter
John Stadelman .... set dresser
Frank Viviano .... construction coordinator
David E. Harshbarger .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects editor
Mike Dobie .... sound effects editor (as Michael Dobie)
Jean-Louis Ducarme .... sound recordist (as Jean-Louis DuCarme)
Louis L. Edemann .... sound effects editor
Jim Fitzpatrick .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... dialogue editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Rodger Pardee .... sound recordist
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Clark .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor/design (uncredited)
Larry Kemp .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects (as Phil Corey)
Rocky Gehr .... special effects technician
Joe Montenegro .... special effects technician
Jeb Stuart Adams .... stunt player (as Jeb Adams)
Carl L. Anderson .... stunt player
Bobby Bass .... stunt player
Billy Bates .... stunt player
Kenny Bates .... stunt player (as Ken Bates)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt player (as Jophery Brown)
Bobby Burns .... stunt player (as Bobby Andrew Burns)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt player (as Bill Burton)
David Carlton .... stunt player
John Casino .... stunt player
Phil Chong .... stunt player
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunt player
Ray Colbert .... stunt player
Clarke Coleman .... stunt player
Jim Connors .... stunt player
Wally Crowder .... stunt player
Tim Culbertson .... stunt player
Jay C. Currin .... stunt player
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt player
Steve M. Davison .... stunt player
Tim A. Davison .... stunt player
Justin De Rosa .... stunt player (as Justin DeRosa)
Eddy Donno .... stunt player
Doc Duhame .... stunt player
David R. Ellis .... stunt player
Richard M. Ellis .... stunt player
Kenny Endoso .... stunt player
Tony Epper .... stunt player
Erik Felix .... stunt player
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt player (as Gloria Fioramanti)
Pat Green .... stunt player
James M. Halty .... stunt player
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunt player
Steve Holladay .... stunt player
Larry Holt .... stunt player (as Larry E. Holt)
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunt player (as Bill [Hank] Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator: driving and chase sequences
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt player
Hugh Hooker .... stunt player (as Hugh M. Hooker)
Richard Hooker .... stunt player
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt player (as Thomas J. Huff)
Gary Hymes .... stunt player
Loren Janes .... stunt player
Pat E. Johnson .... stunt coordinator: fight sequences
Matt Johnston .... stunt player (as Matt Johnson)
Donna Keegan .... stunt player (as Donna M. Keegan)
Henry Kingi .... stunt player
Billy D. Lucas .... stunt player
Pat McGroarty .... stunt player
Gary McLarty .... stunt player
Pat J. McNamara .... stunt player
John Meier .... stunt player (as John C. Meier)
Charly Morgan .... stunt player (as Charly Marie Morgan)
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunt player
Manny Perry .... stunt player (as Manuel Perry)
Jon Conrad Pochron .... stunt player (as Jon Pochran)
Chad Randall .... stunt player
Cyndi Lee Rice .... stunt player (as Cynthia Lee Rice)
Jean Riddel .... stunt player
Vernon Rieta .... stunt player
Dar Robinson .... stunt player (as Dar Allen Robinson)
Danny Rogers .... stunt player
Pat Romano .... stunt player (as Patrick Romano)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt player (as Ronald Rondell)
R.A. Rondell .... stunt player
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunt player
Michael Runyard .... stunt player (as Mike Runyard)
Ray Saniger .... stunt player
Dennis Scott .... stunt player (as Dennis R. Scott)
Keith Tellez .... stunt player
David Welch .... stunt player (as David H. Welch)
Scott Wilder .... stunt player
Dick Ziker .... stunt player
Dan Koko .... stunt safety (uncredited)
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Sundlee .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack English .... gaffer: second unit
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Bob Field .... electrician (as Robert Field)
Kevin Galbraith .... electrician
Greg Gardiner .... chief lighting technician
Bill Guerre .... grip
Scott Guthrie .... best boy electric
Tim Moore .... grip (as Timothy Moore)
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Les Percy .... best boy grip (as Lesley Percy)
Robert D. Yeoman .... director of photography: second unit (as Robert Yeoman)
Henry Minski .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Vance Piper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jonathan Sharpe .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Gregg Smith .... dance casting
Gary M. Zuckerbrod .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susie DeSanto .... costume supervisor
Marina Spadafora .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Sonny Baskin .... assistant film editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Jere Huggins .... additional editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Joe Mosca .... assistant film editor (as Joseph Mosca)
Richard Ritchie .... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Bud S. Smith .... supervising film editor (as Bud Smith)
Jill Smith .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer
Wang Chung .... music performer
Transportation Department
Richard M. Brasic .... transportation captain (as Richard Brasic)
Jeff F. Renfro .... transportation coordinator (as Jeffrey Renfro)
Olivia Varnado .... transportation captain
Jack Carpenter .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Ralph D. Carpenter .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Hugh Kelly .... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Cherise Bates .... dancer (as Cherise Bate)
Barry Bedig .... consultant
Cynthia Chvatal .... assistant: William Friedkin (as Cindy Chvatal)
Kevin Deon .... production assistant
Shaun Earl .... dancer
Pablo Ferro .... consultant
Lesli Linka Glatter .... choreographer
Diana Gold .... post-production auditor
Michael Healy .... location manager
Michael Helfand .... assistant location manager
Michael Higgins .... dancer (as Michael W. Higgins)
Robert Jellen .... insurance provider: Albert G. Ruben & Company, Inc. (as Bob Jellen)
Adele Joseph .... assistant: William Friedkin
Chris Latanzi .... dancer (as Chris Lattanzi)
Jane Leeves .... dancer (as Jane Leaves)
Betsy Oliver Luhrsen .... production secretary
Dianne Mapp-Cheek .... production coordinator (as Dianne Lisa Cheek)
Gil Miller .... institutional coordinator: prison
Larry Rovetti .... lab consultant
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor
Michelle Troxell .... assistant to producers (as Michele Troxell)
Woody Wilcoxan .... technical advisor: prison
Bill Bennett .... terra-flite operator (uncredited)
Terry Edinger .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Gerald Petievich .... police technical advisor (uncredited)
Theresa Shepherd .... caterer (uncredited)
Mike Sudrow .... weapons specialist (uncredited)

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116 min | Germany:101 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1987) (VHS) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1986) | France:U | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1987) | Norway:(Banned) (1986-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27848) | West Germany:16

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Gary Sinise had originally auditioned for the part of Chance. When he was denied the role, he recommended William Petersen to William Friedkin.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Chance goes the wrong direction on the freeway in the big car chase scene, he's actually driving on the correct side and the rest of traffic is driving on the left side of the road.See more »
Richard Chance:Can I talk to you for a minute?
Thomas Bateman:You must be a mind-reader. I was just going to call you. I have decided to let Vukovich work with you.
Richard Chance:Do I have a choice?
Thomas Bateman:Oh, is there someone else you'd prefer? You're welcome to fill out a Form 19, and list all the reasons you'd rather not work with him. Your info would be strictly confidential.
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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Excellent pacing and effective marriage of action and music, 5 February 2005
Author: mmasv from monterey, california

Worthy of the director of "French Connection," the pace of this set- in-LA action thriller immediately draws the view in and never lets up. A car chase in the best traditions of "Bullitt" and of Friedkin's own "French Connection" is centers the action, but the motivation of a rogue agent obsessed with the death of his partner, and clearly with his own death, are well- and credibly- drawn. The most sympathetic character in the story is not one of the principals. It is a female informer. An ex-con at the mercy of those on both sides of the law, she is callously exploited by all. Her feelings for Agent Chance are more implied than explicit, but they are believable as is his indifference to her as a person. This riveting film never lets your attention wander. Thanks to Friedkin, we are told, we are given a credible ending to this taut, tightly- wound thriller. An under-exposed, under-appreciated work; excellent for the genre.

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