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A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

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Jimmy Kilmartin's an ex-con who's trying to go straight. But he can't say no to a quick driving job because his so called friend's life is threatened. The job is for Little Junior Brown, a violent and powerful villain. When things go wrong, Jimmy is left to do the time, and his whole life is turned upside-down, but if that wasn't enough, the cops won't leave Jimmy alone when he gets out... They want 'Little Junior' Written by Rob Hartill, corrected by Lex Gustafsson

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Little Junior Brown. He rules the streets. He owns the game. But he doesn't own all of the players.

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Rated R for violence, nudity and strong language | See all certifications »

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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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A halál csókja  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,942,422
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Barbet Schroeder previously directed Reversal of Fortune (1990) starring Jeremy Irons, five years later he directed Kiss of Death (1995) starring Samuel L Jackson. Irons and Jackson co-starred in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995). They may have spoken about working with Schroeder during breaks from filming. See more »

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When we first see the Red Explorer - before Nicolas gives it to David - is has no license plate in the front. But when David drives it home it DOES have a license plate in the front See more »

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Jimmy Kilmartin: [walking up to Omar's car] Hey how are you doing?
Omar: The fuck do you want man?
Jimmy Kilmartin: [Little Junior kills Omar] Oh my God! Oh my God! You killed him!
Little Junior Brown: [puts cocaine in Omar's pocket] Have some coke on me
Jimmy Kilmartin: Jesus! Jesus! What did you do? What did you do? WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO?
Little Junior Brown: What did I do? You fuck with the bull, you get the horns. That's what I did
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La Copa Rota
Written by Benito De Jesus
Performed by Alci Acosta
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Good, underrated crime drama
12 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

A mostly gripping crime drama with a good script and a great cast. This is David Caruso's best movie by far as a leading man, the reason he left NYPD Blue, and it portended a good career to follow. Well, his movie career tanked but this is still a good character study and underrated neo noir entry. Cage is all breathy snarl and wonderful menace in the flashy sociopath role originated by Richard Widmark. Hard to imagine assembling a backup cast with Ving Rhames, Helen Hunt, Stanley Tucci, Michael Rapaport and Samuel L. Jackson these days on this budget, and they all put in nice turns.

Probably worth a shot if you are a fan of modern noir and gritty crime dramas, though it does peter out a bit with the too-convenient denouement. Cut from the same tough cloth as other sleeper modern noir movies like DEEP COVER and ROMEO IS BLEEDING.

"You F#&$ with the bull, you get the horns." 7.5 / 10 Would rate higher if not for the too-cute ending.


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