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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

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: [referring to her dead husband's business dealings] ... and what kind of business would that be, Herr Buchner?
Herr Bruchner, EDK Executive: Why... ink.
Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro: Ink?
Herr Bruchner, EDK Executive: [firmly] Ink. We make ink for ballpoint pens.
Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro: Thats all? Just ink?
Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro: [after Bruchner makes a shrugging motion with his hands] 34,000 marks - 25,000 marks, and look - look here's another one for fifteen.
Herr Bruchner, EDK Executive: Ink, Frau Miller... ink is the true life blood of a civilization.
Elizabeth 'Bessie' Faro: Good point.
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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Cynthia Haagens, Graeme Clifford
Performed by Kristina Nichols
Produced by Kim Bullard, Gerry Tolman
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Improbable, Weak Ending
12 November 2013 | by (Berkeley Springs, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Andie MacDowell is not a strong enough actress to carry this on her back as she did. She was basically a sleuth but the persona she conveyed made it seem as if her sleuthing powers just appeared by magic--amazing what script writers can do! It is totally improbable that she could have walked around some of the worst districts of Cairo looking like she did and remain unmolested. Ditto the locations in Mexico. The plot was weak and there were a lot of loose threads. The most interesting part of the movie was the scene shot in a Coptic church in Cairo and, of course, Hollywood had to pull its punches. For while Dr. Lamb credits them with saving his life, it is not clear that he has actually converted. John Faro, the lynch pin for the movie's plot and Bessie's husband, was a weak character, weakly portrayed by Mortensen. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the movie started out to be interesting but began to fall apart about 1/3 of the way into the picture. The ending was very weak--a characteristic of American movies for several decades now and one of my pet peeves.

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