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Release Date:
27 November 1988 (USA) See more »
Florida 1985: A series of brutal robberies and murders keeps the F.B.I busy. Although all crimes seem to be comitted by the same group... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Gripping, tightly scripted and well acted. A true story of murderous mayhem. See more (17 total) »


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Ronny Cox ... Agent Benjamin 'Ben' Grogan

Bruce Greenwood ... Agent Jerry Dove

Michael Gross ... William "Bill" Russell Matix
Doug Sheehan ... Agent Gordon McNeill

David Soul ... Michael "Mike" Lee Platt
Ronald G. Joseph ... Ed Mireles

Teri Copley ... Vickie

Richard Jenkins ... Detective Hamill

Peter McRobbie ... John Hanlon
Anne Lange
Katie Layman (as Kathleen Layman)

Deborah May

Becky Ann Baker
Randal Patrick
Ashton Wise

Jaime Tirelli
Geoffrey Deuel ... Agent Gilbert M. Orrantia

Craig Thomas
Ann Kymberlie
Lisa Rieffel
Jeanne Tanzy Williams
Silvio Luciano
Dorothy Keller
David Orr

Cameron Pratto
Daniel Fern
Loren Peele
Dave Corey
Grant Foster
B.J. McQueen
Ed Montgomery
Elliott Fried
Jan Carr
Tracy Roberts
Carole Nease
Terri Cobb
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ron Stone ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Jeanne Tanzy ... Joan (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dick Lowry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tracy Keenan Wynn 

Produced by
Doris Bacon .... associate producer
David R. Kappes .... producer
Kenneth Kaufman .... executive producer
Michael Lepiner .... executive producer
Ooty Moorehead .... associate producer
Mark Sennet .... associate producer
Tracy Keenan Wynn .... co-producer
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
Cinematography by
Mike Fash 
Film Editing by
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt 
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne  (as Anita B. Burgoyne)
Art Direction by
Guy Barnes 
Costume Design by
N. Deborah Hazlett 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Bihr .... hair stylist
Kathryn Bihr .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Brachman .... second assistant director
Doug Metzger .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound editor
Stacy Brownrigg .... boom operator
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Mortesa Rezvani .... sound mixer
Rob Whitehurst .... second boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vincent Montefusco .... special effects: pilot-pyro
Ken Speed .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
David S. Campbell .... assistant camera
Troy Pressley .... second assistant camera
David Sinrich .... grip
Richard Speed .... electrician
Other crew
Richard Borrego .... government liaison
Dulanie M. Ellis .... script supervisor
Kevin Franklin Gieb .... assistant production coordinator
Ken Speed .... armorer

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Additional Details

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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Continuity: During the shootout between the FBI and Matix and Platt, Mike Platt is crouching in front of the brown sedan (in a far shot), but in the very next shot, Platt gets up off the ground and then crouches in front of the car again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Tremors' (1998) (V)See more »


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How come Agents Manuzzi and Orantio don't take part in the gunfight?
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Gripping, tightly scripted and well acted. A true story of murderous mayhem., 26 March 2000
Author: Batjac - 49 from Sydney, Australia

This has to be one of the best made for TV movies that you are ever likely to see.

Based on the real life story of Platt & Matix ( played by David Soul & Michael Gross ) two murderous bank robbers operating in Dade County, Florida, this film is expertly crafted and maintains a gripping pace all the way through. Hollywood veteran Ronny Cox (Deliverance, RoboCop, Total Recall) brings a steely eyed brilliance to his role as Ben Grogan, head of the FBI unit charged with the apprehension of these bandits.

Soul and Grosse put in dynamite performances as the two violent and unstoppable villians, which was a total role reversal from the warm, friendly characters that they are both best known for on television. Amazingly, the film does not pull any punches when it comes to the vicious nature of the crimes committed by both of these men. The final gun battle involving the FBI and these two villians is well shot (no pun intended), powerful and gripping television.

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