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Dick Wolf (written by)
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Release Date:
23 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Once you get a taste of the good life, it's hard to let go. Even if your life depends on it. See more »
Plot:
A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Very underrated film See more (28 total) »

Cast

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D.B. Sweeney ... Benjy Taylor

Charlie Sheen ... Ted Varrick

Lara Harris ... Ann Varrick

Randy Quaid ... Lieutenant Vincent Bracey

Bill Duke ... Malcolm

R.D. Call ... Frank Martin

Arlen Dean Snyder ... Lieutenant Curtis Loos

M. Emmet Walsh ... Captain Haun
Al Shannon ... Danny
Bernie Pock ... Ridley
Kenny Endoso ... Leon
James F. Kelly ... Brandon
Lori Butler ... Suzanne
Clare Wren ... Deborah
Philip Benichou ... Michel

Linda Carol ... Party Girl

Danitza Kingsley ... Margot

Peggy McCay ... Benjy's Mom

Linda Shayne ... Peggy

Robert Pierce ... Jim
Claude Earl Jones ... Uncle Roy
Jan Burrell ... Aunt Rhea

Channing Chase ... Aunt Fran
Jessica Puscas ... Mary Jean
Molly Carter ... Colleen
Florence Schauffler ... Apartment Manager

Guy Boyd ... Jaws

Henry G. Sanders ... Heath

Gary Riley ... Cal

Jenny Gago ... Tory Bracey

Scott Lincoln ... Bailey
James W. Smith ... Shopping Center Guard
Jack Yates ... Shopping Center Guard
Tom Santo ... Juio
Anthony Palmer ... Supplier
Jeff O'Haco ... Valet
Mario Roberts ... Valet

Michael Riley ... Horton
Denis Hartigan ... Duncan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Burns ... Auto Repair Shop Customer (uncredited)

Jeff Dandurand ... Kid Auto Thief (uncredited)
Michael Della Femina ... Webb (uncredited)

George Dzundza ... Uncle Mike (uncredited)
John Gocha ... Porsche Mechanic (uncredited)

Brad Pitt ... Waiter (uncredited)

Joseph Michael Roth ... Christmas Caroler (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Werner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Wolf  written by

Produced by
Jack Behr .... associate producer
Tony Ganz .... executive producer
Ron Howard .... executive producer
Sandy Kroopf .... associate producer
Joseph Stern .... producer
Dick Wolf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
 
Cinematography by
Hiro Narita 
 
Film Editing by
Steven Cohen 
 
Casting by
Judith Holstra 
Marcia Ross 
 
Production Design by
Paul Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Ethel Robins Richards 
 
Costume Design by
Jodie Lynn Tillen 
 
Makeup Department
Susan A. Cabral .... makeup department head
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Duncan Henderson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. James Arnett .... second unit director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
Josh McLaglen .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Eva Anna Andry .... assistant art director (as Eva Anna Bohn)
Mike Carrillo .... assistant property master
Anthony Klaiman .... set dresser
Robert Misetich .... stand-by painter
 
Sound Department
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Gordon Webb .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Dennis Petersen .... special effects
 
Stunts
Hal Burton .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunt coordinator
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Theresa Eubanks .... stunts
Trace Eubanks .... stunts
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (as Terry J. Leonard)
Mike Marasco .... stunts (as Michael Marasco)
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts (as Robert Orrison)
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Tom Sarmento .... stunts (as Thomas G. Sarmento)
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Jerry Spicer .... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer
Al Wyatt Jr. .... stunts (as Allan Wyatt Jr.)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (as Allan Wyatt)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brett Laumann .... electrician
Steve Mathis .... gaffer
Roy H. Wagner .... director of photography: second unit
 
Editorial Department
Pablo Ferro .... montage
Robert Leader .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Cyre .... musician
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Chris Silagyi .... music producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joseph Prado .... driver (as Joseph R. Prado)
 
Other crew
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
John Gocha .... technical advisor
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
 

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USA:106 min
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Charlie Sheen was injured when a squib hardened overnight and was detonated at the wrong time. He received lacerations to his face and was knocked unconscious. He received nine stitches, and was deaf in one ear for four weeks.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When Ted meets 'Bill' at the shopping mall at the end of the movie, he calls him 'Benji', his real name. In an earlier scene, Ted had learned from Ann that Bill is a cop, but he left the house before she told him anything else. Thus, Ted wouldn't be able to know that Bill's real name is Benji.See more »
Quotes:
Benjy Taylor:[points out a Ferrari to steal] How about this one?
Ted Varrick:[disdainfully] Italian trash... besides, I only steal Porsches.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 'Law & Order': The Beginning (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ton Of BricksSee more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Very underrated film, 17 January 2005
Author: Nigel from United Kingdom

This film is nearly 20 years old, but still rates as one of the best movies I've ever seen.

Following the title sequence which sets the violent scene of car crime which forms the backdrop for this film, Peter Werner opens the film with a fairly protracted scene featuring the central character (22-year-old rookie cop, Benjy) in his home environment. This marks the start of some brilliant characterisation which underpins the whole film, causing the viewer not to perceive that there is a "villain of the piece". As an enviable friendship between Bengy and the police target, suspected ringleader and businessman, Ted Varrick (Charlie Sheen) develops, the viewer yearns to be in ether's shoes, as Ted welcomes Bengy to his world of the "rich and aimless". This envy is part based on the complex hedonistic and idealistic relationships between all the characters that evolves, but ultimately everything relies for its roots on Bengy and Teds crime sprees, something that ultimately must end.

The deterioration is palpable, and when ultimately the reckoning comes, it does so in series of twists that drive the two friends together (something very much cunningly engineered by Ted himself). The end represents a self fulfilling prophesy that left me craving for more, yet knowing there could be no sequel.

The contrast between the pair is very much a focal point, the only commonality being their devotion to their own goals - goals which for Bengy at least become very blurred, as Ted gives him the Porsche and the lifestyle that form the focus of his own existence. The domestic opening scene is a stark contrast for the remote, empty but undeniabley plush and palacial house that Ted "visits" rather than truly lives in, with its stunning view from the hills over the city.

The film is bolstered by some spectacular car chase sequences that are plausible in a way that modern sequences rarely are. They all involve Porsche 911's and if there is ever any incredulity it comes from these sequences only. Could an Oldsmobile ever keep pace with a works Porsche? How could an Iroc Z ever hope to keep up, and if it did, and crashed into the lightweight Porsche, how on earth does it fail to leave a scratch?

Romantic interest is enticingly present as Ted encourages the relationship between Bengy and his own sister Anne (Lara Harris) but it never manages to rival, nor is intended to rival the strength of the bond between Ted and Bengy.

Utterly brilliant for the most part, I've now watched this film 8 times.

Thoroughly recommended.

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