White Sands (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  24 April 1992 (USA)
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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.

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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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$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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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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The Good And Bad Of White Sands
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is another modern-day film-noir, featuring interesting characters played by a diverse cast. That cast is led by Willem Dafoe, who reminds me a lot of another noir actor, Dan Duryea.

There is the usual corrupt government/military officials angle but the plot does have a few neat twists and is generally a non-nonsense kind of story. However, I did find the storyline a bit confusing, especially in the last half hour. On a second viewing, five years later, a few things cleared up but not a lot. I guess it will take looks to figure out everything, especially the very end.

I'm not usually a fan of Elizabeth Mastrantonio, but I thought she was exceptional in here: by far, the best and most interesting character. The movie has a nice soundtrack. Overall, the good outweighs the bad and the somewhat confusing story helps draw me back for future viewings.

Aside notes: this must have been one of Samuel L. Jackson's first films because he was listed as "Sam Jackson" in the closing credits. Unbilled were three always-interesting actors: Fred Thompson, Mimi Rogers and Jack P. Ryan.

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