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A great action/suspense film starring the very underrated (and recently MIA) actor Patrick Dempsey of "Can't Buy Me Love" fame.
The story centers around Dempsey's character, a law school student who works as an auto mechanic to pay his way through.
By pure chance, a Porsche he has been asked to deliver breaks down before reaching the destination and he ends up in a town in Connecticut, playing poker in an illegal backroom casino. After cleaning up, he ends up in a fight with a huge bully. Without giving away too much of the story, the bully ends up dead and Dempsey is wrongly accused of killing him.
Even more unluckily, the town ends up being run by the bully's father, who runs it as his own personal organized crime kingdom (which reminded me of so many "A-Team" storylines that I expected to see Hannibal Smith and crew build a tank out of whipped cream cans and garden hose and save Dempseys life).
The remainder of of the film follows Dempsey running from the kingpin's toadies and the local police force who are on his payroll as well.
In response to an earlier comment, Dempsey knows how to hotwire cars so quickly because he's been working as an auto mechanic.
In any case, this is a great Sunday afternoon video rental, or just to watch on cable TV where it appears every so often.
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