Ruby Cairo (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  29 October 1993 (USA)
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After her businessman husband dies suspiciously in a Mexican plane crash, his widow begins to investigate his labyrinthine financial dealings, not all of which are legal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro / Ruby Cairo
Dr. Fergus Lamb, Feed the World
John E. 'Johnny' Faro
Ed, Feed the World Foundation Manager
Paul Spencer ...
Johnny Faro (Boy)
Chad Power ...
Niles Faro
Monica Mikala ...
Alexandria Faro
Kaelynn Craddick ...
Cleo Faro
Sara Craddick ...
Cleo Faro
Luis Cortés ...
Hermes #1
Marge Swimmer, Faro Neighbor
Uncle Jorge
Lucy Rodriguez ...
Tia Lupe
Joe Dick (buying Baseball Cards)
Miriam Reed ...
Renee Dick


When Bessie Faro's husband Johnny dies in a plane crash in Veracruz, Mexico, she finds that his air cargo business is deeply in the red. When she visits the airline's terminal in Veracruz, she discovers her husband was pumping large amounts of money into bank accounts all over the world. As she begins systematically recovering her husband's money, she discovers that someone else has beat her to some of the accounts. Aided by Fergus Lamb, a chance acquaintance, she goes to Cairo to find some answers. But she is being followed. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Adults play the most dangerous games.


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a shooting and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deception  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)


$608,866 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the movie when the boy catches the Mazeroski home run that won the 1960 World Series, it was a Rawlings baseball. Rawlings did not begin supplying baseballs to the major leagues until around 1970. The home run ball would have been a Spalding baseball in 1960. See more »


Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro: They said beein' married to Johnny Faro is like ridin' a car with no brakes. I aid I like the ride, ladies.
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Music by John Barry
Performed by Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra
Ottmar Liebert performs courtesy of Epic Records
Produced and arranged by Ottmar Liebert
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Before Schindler's List, before Lord of the Rings - there was this
19 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sporting a good cast - Andie MacDowell, Liam Neeson, and Viggo Mortensen, "Ruby Cairo" (aka "Deceptions") is the story of a widow who goes on an international chase to find money her husband left in various bank accounts. For this, she uses baseball cards he left behind with a series of markings indicating clues. When she reaches one of the last banks, she realizes that her husband is still alive.

The "you're supposed to be dead but you're still alive" scenario has been used often - "The Third Man" and the wonderful Goldie Hawn film, "Deception" come to mind. This film adds nothing to the genre. The scenery is glorious, and MacDowell is effective and beautiful as a courageous woman who is tougher than she looks. But the story is highly implausible, full of holes, and just not very good.

If you want to see this because of Liam Neeson and/or Viggo Mortensen, forget it. Neither one of them has that big a role. Mortensen has a big scene toward the end of the movie, if you're still watching.

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