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Boiling Point (I) (1993)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  16 April 1993 (USA)
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A pair of sociopath killers take on the police and the mob in order to make one last big score.

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Red is an aging scam-artist who's just been released from prison together with Ronnie, a young and not-so-bright hoodlum who is easily manipulated. Their new business is to organize fake-money sales and then kill the buyer to take his money; but when Ronnie kills an undercover secret service agent, his partner Jimmy Mercer vows revenge and is given one week to catch the killers before being transferred. Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,058,318 (USA)
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Dennis Hopper and Viggo Mortensen both appeared in Texas Chainsaw movies. Hooper appeared in Texas Chainsaws Massacre part 2 and Mortensen appeared in Texas Chainsaws Massacre 3. See more »

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Tony Dio: Fuck you!
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BOILING POINT (James B. Harris, 1993) **1/2
5 June 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Eons ago it seems, Wesley Snipes was a box office commodity. So much so that promising material was refashioned to his action persona to the eventual detriment of the end product and fellow co-stars. This is exactly what happened with BOILING POINT – which, apart from being a rather meaningless title (Snipes' character never seems all that livid at any point {sic} during the picture!), is doubly superfluous for being identical to the superior Takeshi Kitano vehicle released three years earlier. On a personal note, I greatly enjoyed the location shooting in the Hollywood streets which effortlessly brought back nostalgic flashbacks to my three-month trip over there between November 2005-January 2006.

Writer/director Harris – formerly Stanley Kubrick's producer on his earlier films and the man behind one of the quintessential "Cold War" movies, THE BEDFORD INCIDENT (1965) – supplies some good lines and colorful roles to a fine group of veteran and up-and-coming actors: Dennis Hopper (particularly outstanding as the pitiful small-time criminal with delusions-of-grandeur), Viggo Mortensen (as his cold-blooded murdering partner), Tony Lo Bianco (as the big cheese in the L.A. underworld and Hopper's one-time associate), Seymour Cassel (as a hardened crook) and Tobin Bell (as a jailed counterfeiter). The women, represented here by Lolita Davidovich (as a high-class hooker that numbers both Snipes and Hopper among her clients) and Valerie Perrine (as Hopper's world-weary old flame), fare less well as their roles are comparatively underdeveloped.

Snipes is a cigar-chomping(!) Treasury agent hot on the heels of Hopper and Mortensen for having caused the death of one of his colleagues in an undercover operation. Apart from the fact that dying at the very beginning allows no time for the all-important friendship between the dead cop and Snipes to be established, I also found it hard to swallow the many would-be ironical run-ins that Snipes and Hopper have throughout the film: at a food stand, in a hotel toilet, in the bar where Perrine "slings hash", etc. Besides, the relationship between Snipes and Davidovich (which, we are told in the 'faux' "Where are they now?" end titles, even extends to her moving out with him to the next state he is transferred to!) is never believable as opposed to that of Hopper and Perrine. To the film's credit, the script also takes care to further enhance character development by delving briefly into the troubled relationships that Mortensen and Cassel are having with their current companions.


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