A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Mulligan ...
Vince Miller
Fay Forrester (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Robert Schuch ...
Collection Agent #1
Duane Tucker ...
Collection Agent #2
Molly Flanegin ...
Gossipy Motel Clerk
Dominic Dinino ...
Rest Stop Little Boy
Daniel Dorse ...
Rest Stop Father
Jack's Secretary
Jim Boeke ...
Alan Swayzie (as Jonathan Gries)
Michael Sharrett ...
Tim the Motel Clerk
Debby Lynn Ross ...
Kathy the Drowned Wife


Fay Forrester, an attractive young lady wants to escape from her violent and jealous boyfriend Vince. So she hires Jack Andrews, a second class private investigator to arrange her death. She wants to restart her life with a new identity and the money she robbed together with Vince. Because of Jack's financial problems he joins Fay after her fake death. Unfortunately Vince finds out that Fay's still alive. The hunt for Jack, Fay and the money begins... Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dinheiro Sujo  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


$283,694 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In the yellow pages, the address of the PI is on Dahl Ave. - a joke by the art department to the director, before they knew the address would be visible on-screen. See more »


Jack's sideburns when he drives Fay to the police station. See more »


References Viva Las Vegas (1964) See more »


Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Written by Jerome Kern and Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Dinah Washington
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Laid back film noir
10 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two crooks (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer and Michael Madsen) kill a man and steal a briefcase full of money. Then Whalley-Kilmer knocks Madsen out and runs off to Las Vegas with all of it. When there she hires a private investigator (Val Kilmer) to fake her death to get Madsen off her trail. Naturally everything goes wrong.

Laid back film noir. It's well done with an intricate plot and plenty of double crosses. It's beautifully shot too. Still I wasn't too crazy about it. The movie is just TOO laid back. Everything unfolds in such a quiet easy-going way that it lacks the tension that a really good noir gives you. It's not the fault of the cast. Kilmer is good and his then wife Whalley-Kilmer is excellent but the direction and editing is done in such a leisurely fashion that it mutes their acting. Even the violence is done in a casual laid-back way! It's not a total disaster and is worth catching but I couldn't stop thinking of how really good this could have been. A 7.

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