A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan.
Billy Bob Thornton,
Three petty thieves who the police believe to be major criminals are chased into a basement bar where they take five hostages including all the bar employees. The rest of the movie deals with the cops lurking outside the bar while the trio try to get hold of the situation inside. Written by
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[In a TV interview]
Agent Browning, can you shed some light on what's been happening here?
Well, it looks like some goddamn stupid motherfucker has decided to take some poor innocent fucks hostage. Now we've been out here all fucking night trying to deal with this goddamn situation, but there hasn't been a fucking break yet. But we're sure as shit hopeful that everyone will be safe, and that we bring this motherfucker, or motherfuckers, as the case may be, to fucking justice. How's that?
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Kevin Spacey's film debut impressed this viewer when this film debuted
in 1996. On second viewing, recently, it still is an interesting film
to watch, but it basically left a lot of questions unanswered because
of the screen play Christian Forte wrote.
One can see what attracted "Albino Alligator" to Mr. Spacey. It's a
film where the situation that is created at the beginning of the film
allows for intense performances by the first rate cast the director was
able to put together. There are holes in the plot, like the enigmatic
presence of Guy, the Canadian man one sees sitting at Dino's but whose
role in the whole thing is not well explained by the screen play.
Matt Dillon, as the man in charge of the bandits makes a good
contribution. Faye Dunaway is excellent as Janet, the bar maid that
must make tough decisions at the end of the film. William Fichtner is
at his most intense playing Law, the loose cannon. Gary Sinise doesn't
have much to do. The ensemble cast is good under Mr. Spacey's
direction. John Spencer, Skeet Ulrich, M Emmet Walsh, Joe Mantegna,
Melinda McGraw and Frankie Faison are effective in their roles.
A film to be seen as a curiosity because it marks Kevin Spacey's film
debut as a director.
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