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Center of the Web (1992)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  15 May 1992 (USA)
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An actor (John Phillips) is wrongly taken as a professional killer by a band planning to murder the Governor. Then he is hired by the Security Dept. to try to unmask and to catch the leaders.

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Richard Morgan
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Kathryn Lockwood
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John Phillips
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Frank Allesendro
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Agent Williams
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Stephen Moore
Graham Timbes ...
Joe
Eric Steinson ...
Matthews
Heather Medway ...
Sidney
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Maggie
Charles Stedman ...
Jail Guard (as Charlie Stedman)
William Lake ...
Gunstore Clerk
Alliea Phipps ...
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Dawn Tanner ...
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When an ordinary drama teacher, John Phillips, is abducted from a street corner, he finds himself caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Believed to be a notorious hit man--who also happens to be six feet under--John eventually finds himself on the right side of a CIA investigation but on the wrong side of a political conspiracy. Tangled in a web of danger and intrigue, John must uncover who is after him and why...or pay the ultimate price. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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John Phillips: If I was that good of an actor, I wouldn't be teaching to make a living.
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Get Caught in this "Web" tonight!
10 October 2010 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

John Phillips (Prior) is just a simple acting teacher. When he is mistaken for a hired killer by some bad guys, a conspiracy begins to unfold. It seems there are a group of people planning to assassinate the Governor of Alabama (we were able to piece that together because this AIP production, like Raw Nerve (1991), was shot in Alabama, and the local paper, the "City Press" announced there was going to be a "Governor's Convention" on its front page). Phillips is confused, and even more so when Justice Department agent Richard Morgan (Davi) wants him to continue playing the part of "John Logan" so he can ensnare the rest of the nefarious organization and prevent the assassination.

Add to that Phillips' lawyer/girlfriend Katherine (Tilton) who is trying to help him but gets swept up in the confusion, especially when Alessandro (Hopkins) is poking around wanting answers. And where do Stephen Moore's (Curtis) true loyalties lie?

Needless to say, there are many, many twists and turns and you don't know who is double-crossing who. Sure, a lot of it doesn't make much sense but who is really monitoring this very closely?

It appears that Center of the Web was one of AIP's attempts at striving for better. They were obviously trying to move away from junkiness and do something a little classier. For the most part, we would say they were successful, if the goal was something less silly. But is that what people really want? The weirdest thing about this AIP film was its pacing. It seemed weird and offbeat, perhaps not on purpose. Hard to say. But all the usual suspects (the Prior family and the Winters family) in the making of the film, seemed to look to Hitchcock for inspiration, The Wrong Man (1956) and Topaz (1969) in particular. I'm sure you could imagine "AIP Does Hitchcock", and here it is.

Tony Curtis is here for some reason and the main thrust of his character is he compares people to pigeons and always wears black gloves and a huge belt buckle. The large-faced Prior as the main character, John Phillips (it always seems like the other characters in the movie leave out the word "Sousa" when referring to him) never misses a chance to go shirtless. Groan. The standout actor/performance has to go Robert Davi. He's usually great and he rises above the rest here. Interestingly, Charles Napier is top-billed but has about a five second cameo. Whoopi Goldberg got more screen time in Beverly Hills Brats (1989). The movie could have used more Napier. But AIP must have figured they would fill the cast with names and semi-names, and THEN realized they couldn't fit them all in the movie. Would you want to see a three-hour Center of the Web? I didn't think so. So Napier had to be left on the cutting room floor, apparently.

The stand-out scene in the film is the one and only action/stunt sequence. We won't spoil it, you'll know it when you see it. It's actually very impressive. For a more "mature" AIP experience, try Center of the Web.

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