A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

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Kevin O'Brien
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Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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A tightly wound and engrossing thriller! See more »


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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,509,515 (USA)
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Trivia

Nina Beka (played by Iman), Susan Atwell's (played by Sean Young) best friend, worked at a shop in the Old Post Office Pavilion, a famous Washington, DC landmark located at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW and completed in 1899. It served as Washington's main post office until 1914, and then was converted into offices, and subsequently added shops and a food court. The structure's Clock Tower offers some of the best views in DC. See more »

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The Polaroid camera used by Susan to take Tom's picture makes the sound of an SX-70 model's auto eject, but is an older model with a manual film extract. See more »

Quotes

Susan Atwell: It's David Brice, Secretary of Defense. Satisfied?
Tom Farrell: You know I work for Brice?
Susan Atwell: I guess that makes two of us.
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The opening credits appear in orange and then disappear, similar to the reconstruction process for the incriminating photograph of Tom. See more »

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Version of The Big Clock (1948) See more »

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SAY IT
Words & Music by Paul Anka and Richard Marx
Performed by Paul Anka
Courtesy of Paul Anka
Published by Paulanne Music, Inc. and Chiboy Music
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A high-tech murder and cover-up thriller
17 July 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This film is a taut thriller and has a very good pairing of Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman in a story of a cover-up and murder. Sean Young is the tragic figure who falls for Costner and sets in motion the wheels that make this picture one of the best of its type. Plot twists and suspense are highlighted by great acting, and as the cover-up unravels, Costner finds himself in increasing danger in the halls of the Pentagon. Will Patton and George Dzunda are solid in support of the leads although Patton is a bit over the top as Hackman's attack dog. This fine film is marred by an ending that doesn't connect with the film's plot or pulse and gives the picture an awkward, unsatisfying conclusion. Costner is the hero but it is Hackman who makes this picture as good as it is.


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