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White Sands (1992)

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A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
Lane Bodine
Greg Meeker (as Sam Jackson)
Bert Gibson
FBI Agent Flynn
Roz Kincaid
Alexander Nicksay ...
Ben Dolezal
Fredrick Lopez ...
Delmar Blackwater
FBI Agent Ruiz
FBI Agent Demott
Ken Thorley ...
Harold Kleinman


A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The most dangerous way to solve a murder... Become the victim.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arenas blancas  »

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Box Office


$9,011,574 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before Willem Dafoe and Mickey Rourke were cast, Morgan Creek (the financier) considered Kevin Costner for the lead and either Jeff Bridges or Nick Nolte as the Gorman Lennox character. In the end, the three actors' hefty price tags were too rich for the medium-budgeted production. See more »


Gorman Lennox: [ending a business discussion] Foreplay's over, Lane. It's time to fuck.
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Complicated but good southwest murder mystery
16 August 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

A New Mexico state sheriff assumes the identity of a dead man he finds in the desert and sets out to solve the crime all by himself. Willem Dafoe is the lawman who bites off more than he can chew and stumbles from one situation to another, all with bad guys and mysterious women who want the money he found in the desert with the man who was killed. The plot is not easy to follow and is populated with heavies and shadowy figures but somehow the film maintains interest throughout. The supporting cast is very good, with Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and M. Emmet Walsh heading the list, and Dafoe and Mastrantonio have a nice shower scene together. Senator Fred Dalton Thompson is also good in a brief appearance. Partick O'Hearn contributes a nice music score.

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