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Release Date:
11 March 1988 (USA) See more »
Being a cop is tough. But in Saigon, 1968, being a cop is crazy.
McGriff and Albaby are probably doing the worst law enforcement job in the world - they are plain clothes U.S... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Willem Dafoe ... Buck McGriff

Gregory Hines ... Albaby Perkins

Fred Ward ... Dix

Amanda Pays ... Nicole
Kay Tong Lim ... Lime Green

Scott Glenn ... Colonel Dexter Armstrong

David Alan Grier ... Rogers

Keith David ... Maurice

Raymond O'Connor ... Elgin Flowers

Richard Brooks ... Preacher
Thuy An Luu ... Lanh (as Thuy Ann Luu)
Richard Lee Reed ... Colonel Sparks
Woody Brown ... Co-Pilot
Ken Siu ... Plowboy
Viladda Vanadurongwan ... Sister Agnes
Arun Sunantalod ... Sapper
Suksanti Cherpat ... Sapper
Chumpon Senetara ... Sapper
Kim Hoa Nguyen ... Sapper's Mother
Norah Elizabeth Cazaux ... Mother Superior
Nam Look ... Whore #1
Coconut ... Dead Whore's Baby
Rungsima Kasikranund ... Whore #2
Mayura Srisittdecharak ... Bar Girl (as Mayura Srisittidecharak)
Boonchai Jakraworawut ... ARVN Interpreter
Pradit Prasartthong ... VC Prisoner
Terd Porn Manophaiboon ... VC Prisoner
Pravit Piyasirikul ... VC Prisoner
Tawan Mahathavorn ... VC Prisoner
Piathip Kumwong ... Dragonlady
Wasun Uttamayodhin ... Rogersan
Kovit Vatan ... VC #1
Pipot Nalinat ... VC #2

Peter Mackenzie ... MP (as Peter MacKenzie)
Clive Gray ... MP
Tom Schroeder ... MP
Robert Langlois ... MP
Gregg T. Knight ... MP (as Greg Knight)
Tongkaow Taverprungsenukul ... Aborigine
Prae Petchompoo ... Francine
Jim Kinnon ... Top
Louis Roth ... Captain
Kanya Wongsawasdi ... Nguyen
Kamsine Spinogg ... General Vin (as Kamsine Spinog)
'Arm' Suvinit Pornvalai ... VC Taxi Driver
Elizabeth LeCompte ... Nurse
Father Buncha ... Bishop
Greg Wayne Elam ... Batman (as Greg Elam)
Teerapat Tanapum ... Bar Band
Praput Puuyatip ... Bar Band
Trachai Chaivan ... Bar Band
Thommas Pestonvi ... Bar Band
Jean Phuturoi ... Vietnamese Interpreter
Somboun Phuturoi ... Vietnamese Interpreter
Elizabeth Nguyen Thi Hoang Nga ... Vietnamese Interpreter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Magnus Bjarne ... U.S. Soldier (uncredited)

Simone Gad ... Co-Star: Hippie Girl in the Park (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Crowe 
Writing credits
Christopher Crowe (written by) &
Jack Thibeau (written by)

Produced by
Alan Barnette .... producer
Michael S. Glick .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
David Gribble 
Film Editing by
Douglas Ibold 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington  (as Dennis Washington)
Art Direction by
Scott Ritenour 
Set Decoration by
Crispian Sallis 
Makeup Department
Felicity Bowring .... hair stylist
Felicity Bowring .... makeup department head
Joan Petch .... hair stylist
Joan Petch .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael S. Glick .... unit production manager
Santa Pestonji .... production supervisor: Thailand
Jack Roe .... unit production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Brachman .... second second assistant director
Gregg Champion .... second unit director
Apichart Chusakul .... additional second assistant director: Thailand (as Abhijati 'Meuk' Jusakul)
Doug Metzger .... first assistant director
Christopher Ryan .... additional second assistant director: Thailand (as Chris Ryan)
Thanachit 'Charlie' Sankhavesa .... additional second assistant director: Thailand
Chris Webb .... second assistant director
Dick Ziker .... second unit director (as Richard Ziker)
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (as Larry Bird)
Robert A. Blackburn .... construction foreman (as Bob Blackburn)
Roger Hulme .... leadman
Kajeewan Kanjanintu .... assistant set dresser
Endoo Kenpaisal .... art department assistant
Suwat Maneerangse .... construction assistant
Hollywood Mike .... assistant property master
Edward Piwowarski .... construction foreman (as Ed Piwowarski)
Paul S. Power .... illustrator (as Paul Power)
Siripunja Punja .... art department assistant
Panyawadee Sangchai .... assistant set dresser (as Panyawadee 'Tim' Navarut Na Ayudhya)
Bob Stevens .... paint foreman
Kriangsak 'Krian' Viryasiri .... assistant set dresser
Butch West .... construction coordinator
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Weldon Brown .... foley mixer
Stephen Bushelman .... sound editor (as Steve Bushelman)
Irwin Cadden .... sound editor
Stuart Chasmar .... sound editor (as Stu Chasmar)
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Ted Johnston .... sound editor
John Paul Jones .... sound editor (as John-Paul Jones)
Mark Keating .... boom operator
Phil Keros .... boom operator (as Philip Keros)
David Lee .... sound mixer
Diane Marshall .... sound editor
Linda Moss .... sound editor
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Stubblefield .... sound editor
Dean A. Zupancic .... foley mixer (as Dean Zupancic)
Special Effects by
Joe Digaetano .... special effects coordinator
David Fletcher .... special effects crew
Joe Knott .... special effects crew
Gary Monak .... special effects crew
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects crew (as Chuck Stewart)
Jerry D. Williams .... special effects: second unit (as Jerry Williams)
Nick Ascot .... stunts
Baricha Bripiri .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
Phil Culotta .... stunts (as Philip Culotta)
Richard L. Duran .... stunts (as Richard Duran)
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (as Greg W. Elam)
To Hanudomrath .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Tawan Mahathavorn .... stunt coordinator
Tawan Mahathavorn .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Chad Randall .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Sarunya .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Akachai Seatea .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunts (as Brian Delaney Smrz)
S. Terawithaya .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Danny Wong .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator (as Richard Ziker)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lester Bishop .... key grip
Malcolm Burrowes .... assistant camera (as Malcolme Burrows)
John J. Connor .... director of photography: second unit (as John Connor)
Shaun Conway .... electrician
D.R. Curtis .... second gaffer (as Richard Curtis)
Thapana Dunnag Din .... second camera loader (as Thapana Dunnag [Din])
Warren Grieef .... third grip (as Warren Grieff)
Jonathan Hughes .... electrician
Louis Irving .... camera operator (as Louie Irving)
Gary Lincoln .... second company grip
Leigh Mackenzie .... assistant camera (as Leigh MacKenzie)
Charles Minsky .... additional photographer
Miles Moulson .... gaffer
Roland Neveu .... still photographer
Susi Stitt .... assistant camera
Geoffrey Wharton .... camera operator (as Geoff Wharton)
Casting Department
Patricia McCorkle .... casting: New York (as Pat McCorkle)
Rassami Paoluengtong .... casting: Thailand
Noppamas Pattaragul .... casting: Thailand
Roxanne Seeman .... casting: Thailand
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Kramer .... costumer
Rattaya Nasongkla .... assistant wardrobe
Rita Riggs .... wardrobe consultant
Peter V. Saldutti .... costume supervisor
Mutita Na Songkla .... assistant wardrobe
Yingnapa Virastri .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Rudolph Freeman .... assistant editor (as Rudolpho Valentino Freeman)
John Gallas .... assistant editor
Gregory M. Gerlich .... first assistant editor (as Gregory Gerlich)
Ron S. Herbes .... apprentice editor (as Ronald S. Herbes)
Stephen Lovejoy .... additional editor
Heather MacDougall .... additional editor (as Heather MacDougal)
Kevin Nolting .... assistant editor
Scott K. Wallace .... additional editor (as Scott Wallace)
Music Department
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Martin November .... assistant music editor (as Marty November)
Marty Paich .... conductor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Toom Ratitum .... transportation captain
Tommy Tancharoen .... transportation coordinator (as Tom Tancharoen)
Other crew
Antonia Barnard .... production contact: Australia (as Antonia Bernard)
Elizabeth S. Barton .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Barton)
Penchan 'Pet' Buranasamut .... location assistant
Todd Kane .... special assistant to producer
Jim Kinnon .... technical advisor (as James P. Kinnon)
Walter Klenhard .... production associate
Robert Knoechel .... auditor (as Bob Knoechel)
Lydia Lipatan-Sarmiento .... assistant auditor (as Lydia Sarmiento)
Thanachon Manorack .... nurse
Michael Mason .... assistant: James Newton Howard
Andrew Montgomery .... location manager
Kesinee 'Kate' Pongvichipthan .... production secretary
Krayathvi 'Noot' Prabhawat .... location assistant
Marsha Robertson .... publicist
Tom Robinson .... caterer
Rakngam 'Sunan' Sukhumdecha .... assistant production secretary
Kathy Trout .... caterer
Michelle Wright .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Saigon: Off Limits" - Philippines (English title)
"Saigon" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Belgium:KNT (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 (1989) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) | USA:R (certificate #28772) | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Director/co-writer Christopher Crowe helped toss out dummies in the sequence with Scott Glenn in the helicopter. Crowe was supposed to have a safety cord attached to the helicopter to prevent him from falling out, but found out after the sequence was shot that said cord was never attached to the helicopter.See more »
Miscellaneous: In one scene where a prostitute is being interviewed Rogers, David Alan Grier translates the question from English into Vietnamese, but she replies in Thai.See more »
[repeated line]
Buck McGriff:Easy, babe!
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Cop Game (1988)See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Goodnight Saigon ... Farewell Moral Values, 9 June 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Never heard about "Off Limits" before when it aired on late Friday night television here in my country, but everything about it instantly appealed to me big time. There's the obscurity status for starters (I'm particularly intrigued by films I never heard about before), the prominent cast (Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines, Fred Ward, Keith David, Scott Glenn), the period of release (late 80's) and - most of all - the concept in its entirety. As you can derive from the alternate title "Saigon", the film is set in Vietnam during the infamous war, but it's definitely not just another epic illustrating the horrible battles in the jungle or the traumatizing impact on its soldiers. "Off Limits" is first and foremost a genuine cop thriller, set in a hellish environment torn apart through warfare, and an effectively disturbing portrait of the horrible issues caused by American soldiers outside of the battlefields. McGriff and Perkins have the worst jobs in the world, since they're employed as army police officers in Saigon and responsible to investigate the crimes committed by American soldiers. One day they're assigned to investigate the murder of a Vietnamese prostitute who had a child with an American soldier. They quickly discover this isn't the first gruesome crime of its kind, as no less than seven similar cases were reported during the past year and they're clearly the work of a serial killer with a strict modus operandi. The devoted and headstrong duo also discovers that the previous officer prematurely quit his investigation even though he came fairly close to capturing the killer, undoubtedly because several high ranked officers got involved and his own life became endangered. McGriff and Perkins, however, are determined to stop to sadist killer, especially when they receive help from a beautiful and street-wise young novice. "Off Limits" is a fast-paced, suspense and frequently very violent thriller with a screenplay that is full of misleading twists, false leads and red herrings, like a legitimate and compelling whodunit thriller ought to be. Some sequences are even downright fantastic, for instance the helicopter-interrogation (Scott Glenn is sublime) or the nail-biting scene where the copper duo is surrounded by a mob of furious and vengeful Vietnamese people. Christopher Crowe's direction is tight and consequently surefooted – which is quite remarkable for a debut feature – and his own script is *almost* completely devoid of dreadful clichés and irritating stereotypes. I do emphasize the word 'almost' because a Vietnam movie without mad-raving American officers and/or foul-mouthed Vietnamese prostitutes is practically unthinkable. Dafoe and Hines provide some terrific on screen chemistry, but they certainly aren't your typical witty interracial buddies like Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte in "48 Hours" or Mel Gibson & Danny Glover in "Lethal Weapon". They tease and provoke each other all the time, but the atmosphere of the film and the nature of the events are simply to austere to mix with comedy. The film is beautifully shot and has a marvelous soundtrack filled with timeless contemporary songs from James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Arthur Resnick. "Off Limits" is a terrific and incomprehensibly overlooked film. If you have the opportunity to watch it, please do so without hesitation.

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