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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Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
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Lane Bodine
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Greg Meeker (as Sam Jackson)
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Bert Gibson
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FBI Agent Flynn
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Noreen
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Roz Kincaid
Alexander Nicksay ...
Ben Dolezal
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Delmar Blackwater
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FBI Agent Demott
Ken Thorley ...
Harold Kleinman
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Casanov
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Peterson
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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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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


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

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24 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$9,011,574 (USA)
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Greg Meeker (Samuel L Jackson) who features in this film directed by Roger Donaldson, was also in Amos & Andrew (1993), he played Andrew Sterling and Nicolas Cage played Amos Odell. Brad Dourif played Officer Donnie Donaldson, so he had the same surname as Roger Donaldson. See more »

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Gorman Lennox: [ending a business discussion] Foreplay's over, Lane. It's time to fuck.
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Entertaining and suspenseful
27 August 2002 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully subdued and suspenseful film about a police deputy who takes on the identity of an apparent suicide victim, ostensibly to locate the victim's "killer." Of course, in the process he gets more than he bargained for--or did he? Perhaps he was seeking an exciting and intriguing diversion from boredom all along.

The story stretches the limits of believability throughout, yet this is easy to forgive and forget in light of magnificent performances by Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke and others, which draw you deep enough into the action that you'll soon forget none of this could ever happen. Rourke is the definition of "cool" as Gorman Lennox, a sleazy yet charismatic arms dealer. But it is Dafoe who turns in the best performance as an ordinary man who is compelled to put himself into an extraordinarily dangerous situation for reasons even he probably doesn't quite understand. I was thoroughly entertained just watching Dafoe's reaction every time circumstances threatened to blow his cover. All told, Deputy Ray Dolezal (Dafoe) is one of the most genuinely likeable characters I've seen on film.

With a clever script, plenty of plot twists, outstanding performances and marvelous desert cinematography, White Sands is definitely a film worth watching.


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