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Kenneth Fearing (novel)
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Release Date:
14 August 1987 (USA) See more »
A tightly wound and engrossing thriller! See more »
A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Excellent thriller - it's strengths outweight it's weaknesses See more (105 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Costner ... Tom Farrell

Gene Hackman ... David Brice

Sean Young ... Susan Atwell

Will Patton ... Scott Pritchard

Howard Duff ... Senator Duvall

George Dzundza ... Sam Hesselman
Jason Bernard ... Major Donovan

Iman ... Nina Beka

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Marshall

Leon Russom ... Kevin O'Brien

Dennis Burkley ... Mate

Marshall Bell ... Contra #1
Chris D. ... Contra #2
Michael Shillo ... Schiller

Nicholas Worth ... Cup Breaker
Leo Geter ... Ensign Fox

Matthew Barry ... Bellboy

John D'Aquino ... Lt. John Chadway (as John DiAquino)
Peter Bell ... Seaman Dufor
Tony Webster ... Helmsman
Matthew Evans ... J.O.D.
Gregory Le Noel ... Quartermaster
Gregory Avellone ... Technician
Jeremy Glenn ... Technician

David Paymer ... Technician
Charles Walker ... Technician
Bob Courts ... C.I.D. Man
Bruce Dobos ... C.I.D. Man (as Bruce Dobus)

Eugene Robert Glazer ... C.I.D. Man
Darryl Henriques ... C.I.D. Man

John Hostetter ... C.I.D. Man
Michael Hungerford ... C.I.D. Man

Robert Kerman ... C.I.D. Man

Joan McMurtrey ... Programmer

Jay Arlen Jones ... Marine Guard #1
Rob Sullivan ... Marine Guard #2

Edith Fields ... Lorraine
Frederick Allen ... Enlisted Man
Scott Freeman ... M.P.
Noel Manchan ... Computer Clerk
June Chandler ... Margaret Brice
Lee Shael ... Band Singer
Jeffrey Sudzin ... Man with Lighter
Gordon Needham ... Limo Driver
Austin Kelly ... Cab Driver
Charles Middleton ... Airport Cop
Stephen R. Asinas ... Filipino Urchin
Terence Cooper ... N.Z. Ambassador (as Terrance Cooper)
Dorothy Parke ... Reporter
Jill Clark ... Maori Dancer
Cindy Keung ... Maori Dancer
Steve Keung ... Maori Dancer
Lorna Martin ... Maori Dancer (as Lorna Martyn)
Arona McDonald ... Maori Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pamela Clay ... Navy Nurse (uncredited)

Michael Garvey ... Bicyclist (uncredited)

Conrad Hurtt ... CIA Agent (uncredited)
Sam Longoria ... Senator (uncredited)
Russell Phillip Robinson ... Pentagon Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Donaldson 
Writing credits
Kenneth Fearing (novel "The Big Clock")

Robert Garland (screen story)

Robert Garland (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Garland .... producer
Glenn Neufeld .... associate producer
Mace Neufeld .... executive producer
Laura Ziskin .... producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
John Alcott 
Film Editing by
William Hoy 
Neil Travis 
Casting by
Ilene Starger 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington  (as Dennis Washington)
Art Direction by
Anthony Brockliss 
Set Decoration by
Bruce A. Gibeson  (as Bruce Gibeson)
Makeup Department
Dennis Eger .... extra makeup artist: Washington, D.C. (as Dennis A. Eger)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (as Michael A. Hancock)
Production Management
Mel Dellar .... unit production manager
Anthony DiMarco .... post-production supervisor (as Tony Di Marco)
William Grieve .... production manager: New Zealand
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director
Jim Charleston .... second assistant director
Tim Coddington .... first assistant director: New Zealand
Victoria Hardy .... second assistant director: New Zealand
Adele Simmons .... dga trainee
Brad Yacobian .... second assistant director
Robert S. Mills .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Henry Alberti .... set designer
Mike Carroll .... stage foreman
Robert Carter .... greensman: Washington D.C.
Bruce Di Valerio .... general foreman
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator (as Cal Di Valerio)
Timothy Dopp .... second assistant propmaster
Robert Dottini .... lead man
George Fouce .... stage foreman
Steven Fuller .... stage foreman (as Steve Fuller)
Horst Grandt .... property master
Kai Hawkins .... production designer: New Zealand
Mel Holman .... stand-by painter
Fred Lucky .... sketch artist
Trevor Major .... ship's bridge construction: New Zealand
Richard McKenzie .... set designer (as Dick McKenzie)
Dave Newhouse .... greensman
Margo Newman .... assistant: Dennis Washington, Washington, D.C. (as Margo Fisher)
Gerald Sigmon .... set designer
Philip Taratoa .... property master: New Zealand (as Phil Taratoa)
Nigel Tweed .... construction manager: New Zealand
Henry Wilcox .... ship's bridge construction: New Zealand
Jim Zemansky .... first assistant propmaster (as James Zemansky)
William Boyd .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stephen Buckland .... boom operator: New Zealand
Warren Chadwick .... dialogue editor
Bob Cornett .... sound effects editor
George Geren .... cable person
Charles Grenzbach .... re-recording mixer (as Charles 'Bud' Grenzbach)
William Hartman .... sound effects supervisor
Eric Lindemann .... sound effects editor (as Eric Lindeman)
Richard Raderman .... sound effects editor
Richard D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Allan Schultz .... foley editor (as Alan Schultz)
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
Mike Westgate .... sound recordist: New Zealand
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as Doc Wilkinson)
Paul Wolfe .... boom operator
H. William Yates III .... cable man: Washington D.C.
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ken Durey .... special effects supervisor: New Zealand
Terry D. Frazee .... special effects (as Terry Frazee)
Jack Monroe .... special effects
Michael Adams .... stunts
Peter Bell .... stunt coordinator: New Zealand
Donna Evans .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator (as Richard Diamond Farnsworth)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (as Richard Diamond Farnsworth)
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Rex Rossi .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Arvanitis .... electrician
Bill Barcroft .... second company grip: MGM
Ian Beale .... generator operator: New Zealand
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Alun Bollinger .... director of photography: New Zealand
Bobby Burton .... gaffer
David Canestro .... second company grip
Bill Clevinger .... first assistant camera
William Cross .... electrician
Peter Davidian .... rigging gaffer
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer: Washington D.C.
David Fay .... key grip (as David T. Fay)
R. Scott Goodrich .... second assistant camera (as Scott Goodrich)
Harry Harrison .... key grip: New Zealand
John A. Hawn .... best boy (as Johnny Hawn)
Gary J. Jensen .... grip (as Gary Jensen)
Don Jowsey .... gaffer: New Zealand
Michael Kelem .... assistant camera: Gyrosphere (as Mike Kellem)
Jon Kranhouse .... camera operator: Gyrosphere
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer (as Gemma La Mana Wills)
Jeffrey Laszlo .... camera operator: Washington D.C. (as Jeff Laszlo)
John Mahaffie .... camera operator: New Zealand
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip (as David Merrill)
Jeffrey Montague .... gaffer: Washington D.C.
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Richard Ryan .... key grip: Washington D.C.
Phillip Silver .... video assist operator
Charles Smock .... electrician
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator (as Steve St. John)
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Washington D.C.
William H. Steiner .... camera operator: Washington D.C. (as William Steiner)
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator: Washington D.C. (as Bob Ulland)
Gerald Upton .... electrical best boy: MGM
Ron Van Nostrand .... camera operator: Washington D.C.
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Lawrence E. Williams III .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Lawrence Williams Jr. .... camera operator: Washington D.C.
Brian L. Williams .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C. (as Brian Lance Williams)
Bruce Michael Williams .... second assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Marc Wolff .... pilot: camera helicopter (as Marc Wolfe)
Kevin Riley .... lighting assistant: New Zealand (uncredited)
Alan B. Samuels .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Helen Mathis .... extras casting
Robert Lansing Parker .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Violet N. Cane .... wardrobe supervisor: women (as Violet Cane)
Dallas D. Dornan .... costumer: men (as Dallas Dornan)
George L. Little .... wardrobe supervisor: men (as George Little)
Kathy O'Rear .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Chip Masamitsu .... assistant editor
Glenn Neufeld .... assistant post-production supervisor
Ron South .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Stuart Neumann .... location manager
Linda Schloss .... assistant location manager: Washington D.C.
Music Department
Michael Boddicker .... musician
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Michael Fisher .... musician (as Michael G. Fisher)
Ralph Grierson .... musician (as Ralph E. Grierson)
Jim Harrison .... music editor
Judd Miller .... musician (as Judd S. Miller)
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Nyle Steiner .... musician (as Nyle A. Steiner)
Ian Underwood .... musician (as Ian R. Underwood)
Transportation Department
Russell McEntyre .... transportation coordinator (as Russ McEntyre)
Howard A. Small .... transportation captain: Washington D.C. (as Howard Small)
Wayne Stone .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cathy Anderson .... production coordinator: New Zealand
Sam Bernstein .... production accountant
Kathy Day .... assistant: Mace Neufeld
Pablo Ferro .... title designer
Doris Grau .... script supervisor
Richard Liebegott .... production coordinator
Mark Longenecker .... craft service
Alex Metcalf .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Maggie Murphy .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Peggy Osborne .... nurse: Washington D.C.
Edwin L. Perez .... assistant production accountant (as Edwin Perez)
Barry Sabath .... assistant: Laura Ziskin
Michael Smith .... craft service: Washington D.C.
Franklin A. Vallette .... production assistant (as Franklin Vallette)
Shalini Waran .... assistant: Roger Donaldson
Randy Ziskin .... office production assistant
William S. Graves .... technical advisor (uncredited)
John Alcott .... dedicated to the memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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114 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1988) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #28267) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

The big red bumper sticker on the back of Sam Hessleman's wheelchair seat reads: "Of Course I'm drunk, I'm no stunt driver!"See more »
Continuity: When Tom Farrell is in the computer room he deliberately knocks over a cup of coffee and then sits in it. As he stands up, the coffee shows only down the front of his pants, not on his rear.See more »
Susan Atwell:Are you one of them?
Tom Farrell:One of what?
Susan Atwell:These hypocrites. All posh and shiny getting ready for four more years of ramming it to the rest of us.
Tom Farrell:You're pretty cynical.
Susan Atwell:Adequate to the occasion.
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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Excellent thriller - it's strengths outweight it's weaknesses, 11 January 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Tom Farrell is offered a job within the Defence department under Brice, the secretary of defence. When the two begin seeing the same woman, Farrell is forced to do so quietly so that Brice doesn't know. When Brice finds that Susan is seeing another woman he accidentally kills her. In order to cover up Brice's involvement, his aide Pritchard engineers a theory that the "other man" in Susan's life was the one that killed her and that he is a legendary Russian spy. In order to keep control of the investigation, Farrell is put in charge of the investigation and is faced with clues that he knows will eventually lead to him. With the set-up closing in on him he must race against time to find a way out.

This is a remake of The Big Clock, with a modern political set-up. The story is well set-up with only some misgivings in the first 30 minutes where the roots for the story are developed. Once the real story starts it is very good and it moves with a real thrilling pace, building to two endings one very powerful and with a feeling of being trapped, and the second being a clever if not totally convincing twist. The feeling of being trapped and closed in on is very palatable and is very well conveyed for most of the film.

Costner is excellent here (a long time before his bubble burst) and Hackman brings his usual class. The standout role is Patton's smarmy, spin doctor homosexual Pritchard, he is truly excellent and manages to bring a sense of menace to a quite feminine role.

Overall an excellent thriller that is slow to start and has a low-key ending. The only problems are the slightly stretched plot and some of the action being unexplained (why do the covert-ops guys keep chasing Costner? I understood why for one of the chases but other ones just seem to happen for no reason). But 7 out of 10.

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