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Deadly Illusion (1987)

A detective is framed for a murder he didn't commit.

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Hamberger
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Jane Mallory / Sharon Burton
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Alex Burton
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Detective Paul Lefferts (as Joseph Cortese)
Michael Wilding Jr. ...
Costillion
Dennis Hallahan ...
Burton Impostor
Jenny Cornuelle ...
Gloria Reid
Allison Woodward ...
Nancy Costillion
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Crazy Man in Gun Bureau (as Joe Spinnel)
Harriet Rogers ...
Mrs. Bains
George Loros ...
Levante
Charlie Malcolm ...
Assistant District Attorney
Thom Curley ...
Wexler
Richard Triggs ...
Toll Booth Attendant
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A stranger pays Billy Dee Williams to kill his wife. But instead Billy, who is a Private Detective, tells the wife her husband tried to do. When she turns up dead anyway, Billy is suspected. Hopefully with the assistance of his secretary/girlfriend he can solve the case before the police catch up to him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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If the killer isn't really a killer... and his victim isn't really a victim... why do people keep turning up dead? See more »


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16 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Love You to Death  »

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$626,724 (USA)
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Director Larry Cohen started the film, was fired halfway through it and replaced by William Tannen. See more »

Quotes

Hamberger: Everybody's kicking my ass today.
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Referenced in Shakedown (1988) See more »

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Spread Your Legs Baby
20 November 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable private detective movie with some punchy dialogue and old school noir tropes. Larry Cohen wrote and co-directed this so there's lots of quirky Cohen touches. However it's uneven in spots and has lulls, most likely due to the change in directors. Billy Dee Williams is terrific as the lead character Hamberger, a private dick who's framed in a fairly routine plot that you've seen before. But the plot's not the selling point. See it for the dialogue, charismatic performance by Williams, and offbeat Cohenisms. Vanity and Morgan Fairchild provide the pretty. I'm a little confused as to why this movie has such a low score here. It's not groundbreaking but it's solid entertainment that doesn't take itself too seriously.


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