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The Real Thing (1996)

Livers Ain't Cheap (original title)
R | | Action, Crime | January 1996 (USA)
Rupert is a small time crook trying to do the right thing. But when his younger brother gets in trouble and needs a new liver, Rupert gets together his old gang and they plan a heist on New... See full summary »

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Rupert Little
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John
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Rupert is a small time crook trying to do the right thing. But when his younger brother gets in trouble and needs a new liver, Rupert gets together his old gang and they plan a heist on New Years Eve. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Rented tape at Blockbuster on 3/3/99
4 March 1999 | by (Fremont, CA) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, I thought that this film was a real TURKEY. I rented it because the credits listed Gary Busey and Rod Steiger. Gary Busey had a bit part and Rod Steiger exited suddenly. The ending was predictable. The special effects were lacking. I feel that I wasted my money on the rental fee.

Maybe this movie would appeal to someone, but alas, not me. My wife slept through the whole movie.


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