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For an ex-cop obsessed with an unsolved murder, trusting the wrong woman could be a deadly choice.
A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alec Baldwin ... Dave Robicheaux

Kelly Lynch ... Annie Robicheaux

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Robin Gaddis

Eric Roberts ... Bubba Rocque

Teri Hatcher ... Claudette Rocque

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Minos P. Dautrieve (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Badja Djola ... Batist
Samantha Lagpacan ... Alafair

Joe Viterelli ... Didi Giancano

Tuck Milligan ... Jerry Falgout

Hawthorne James ... Victor Romero

Don Stark ... Eddie Keats
Carl A. McGee ... Toot

Paul Guilfoyle ... Det. Magelli

Christopher Kriesa ... Priest (as Chris Krisea)
Saul Stein ... Dom

Chuck Zito ... Tony

Socorro Santiago ... Spanish Nun
Patricia Huston ... Older Nun

Don Yesso ... Jungle Room Bartender

Anne Schedeen ... Jungle Room Patron
Joe Hess ... Johnny Dartez
Gray Frederickson ... Sheriff Len Whitley

Lenore Banks ... Woman Driver
Don Brady ... Apartment Man
Marion Zinser ... Apartment Woman
Glen Gomez ... Piano Mover (as Glenn Gomez)
James Hooks Reynolds ... Truck Driver
Tom Burgess ... Prison Guard
Herman Myles Sr. ... Clarence
Jerry Procanik ... Patron
Connie Whittemore ... Stripper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jerry Leggio ... Doctor (uncredited)

Terence Rosemore ... Calvin (uncredited)

Codie Scott ... Man in Bar (uncredited)

Kevin West ... Pencilman (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Joanou 
Writing credits
James Lee Burke (book)

Harley Peyton (screenplay) and
Scott Frank (screenplay)

Produced by
Alec Baldwin .... executive producer
Gray Frederickson .... co-producer
Hildy Gottlieb .... executive producer
Leslie Greif .... producer
Michael Alan Kahn .... associate producer
Andre Morgan .... producer
Albert S. Ruddy .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Harris Savides (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Steinkamp 
Casting by
Linda Phillips-Palo 
Production Design by
John Stoddart 
Art Direction by
Monroe Kelly 
Set Decoration by
Dorree Cooper 
Costume Design by
Aude Bronson-Howard 
Makeup Department
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist: Mr. Baldwin
Janet Jones .... assistant makeup artist
Stacy Kelly .... key makeup artist (as Stacy Stewart Kelly)
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Ms. Masterson
Rick Provenzano .... hair stylist: Mr. Baldwin
Donna Spahn .... key hair stylist
Patty York .... makeup artist: Ms. Masterson
Production Management
Edwin 'Itsi' Atkins .... unit production manager
R. Anthony Brown .... unit production manager
Gray Frederickson .... unit production manager: underwater unit
Sharre Jacoby .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ty Arnold .... second assistant director
J. Stephen Buck .... first assistant director (as J. Stephan Buck)
Michael Alan Kahn .... first assistant director
Craig A. Pinckes .... second assistant director (as Craig Pinckes)
Ann C. Salzer .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Adams .... stand-by greens
Rick Bernos .... scenic artist
Jack Blanchard .... set dresser
Mauro Borrelli .... storyboard artist
Jason Bourgogne .... greens foreman
Gail Briant .... scenic artist (as Gail Watson)
Keith Christopher .... carpenter
Keith Christopher .... carpenter
Randall S. Coe .... general foreman
James Comisky .... carpenter
Michael Cooper .... props assistant
Kelly Curley .... assistant art director
Bill Darrow .... stand-by painter
James Dupuy .... gangboss
Leo Lauricella .... carpenter
Phil Locicero .... lead set painter
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Doug Madison)
Douglas T. Madison .... assistant property master (as Doug Madison Jr.)
Michael S. Martin .... set dresser (as Michael Martin)
David Ross McCarty .... on-set dresser
Huey Mitchell .... carpenter
John Patterson .... construction coordinator
Charles Perkins .... laborer
Marvin Perry .... carpenter
Ricky Riggs .... paint supervisor
Michael Robillard .... carpenter
Joaquin Sanchez .... laborer
John Schofield .... scenic artist
Bert Smith .... props production assistant
Leonard R. Spears .... leadman (as Leondard Spears)
Scott Stricklin .... art department coordinator
Daniel Toups .... laborer
Gail Watson .... scenic artist
Alan Feffer .... carpenter (uncredited)
Frank Hendrick .... props (uncredited)
Gordon E. Holmes .... carpenter (uncredited)
Tom Riviello .... lead man (uncredited)
Nick Spetsiotis .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Chuck Stringer .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
James Beshears .... adr supervisor
James Beshears .... dialogue editor (as James F. Beshears)
Joan Chamberlain .... adr recordist
Joan Chamberlain .... foley recordist
Michael L. DePatie .... foley editor (as Michael DePatie)
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Joe Earle .... supervising sound effects editor (as Joe Earl)
Ann Hadsell .... adr recordist
Ann Hadsell .... foley recordist
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Jolly .... sound conforming editor
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
Michael Mirkovich .... assistant sound editor
Myron Nettinga .... sound effects editor
Rebecca Nicolaou .... assistant sound editor
Kim H. Ornitz .... sound mixer
Jeanine Payne .... assistant sound editor
Bill Ratcliffe .... sound utility (as William Ratcliffe)
Jeff Rosen .... foley editor
Brian Ruberg .... adr mixer
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
Adam Sawelson .... supervising dialogue editor
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary A. Theard .... boom operator (as Gary Theard)
Joel Valentine .... foley editor
Tom Meadows .... sound mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Michael J. White .... sound re-recording mixer: home video version (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bart Dion .... special effects assistant
David Dion .... special effects assistant
Dennis Dion .... special effects coordinator
Paul H. Haines Jr. .... special effects assistant (as Paul Haines Jr.)
Jamie Maheu .... special effects assistant
Donald Mayabb .... special effects assistant (as Donald Lee Mayabb)
David K. Nami .... special effects technician
Paul Olinde .... special effects assistant
Ralph Winiger .... special effects assistant (as Ralph A. Winiger)
Richard L. Hill .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jeff Beattie .... visual effects editor: DQI
Curt S. Engelmann .... visual effects model builder: DQI (as Curt Engelmann)
Kevin Fitzgerald .... visual effects stage supervisor: DQI
Chuck Larson .... visual effects stage support: DQI
David McCullough .... visual effects producer: DQI
Jim Olson .... visual effects model rigger: DQI
Amy Pfaffinger .... visual effects digital compositor: DQI
Michael Shea .... visual effects supervisor: DQI (as Mike Shea)
Michael Stuart .... visual effects model supervisor: DQI
Michael J. Travers .... visual effects CG animator: DQI
Lisa Anderson .... utility stunts
Shane T. Anderson .... stunt double (as Shae Anderson)
Pete Antico .... utility stunts
Sarah Berensen .... stunt double
Michael T. Brady .... utility stunts (as Mike Brady)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt double (as Jophery Brown)
Harold Burns .... utility stunts
John Cenatiempo .... utility stunts (as Johnny C.)
Dennis Dion .... utility stunts
Lanier Edwards .... stunt double
Tony Epper .... utility stunts
Lance Gilbert .... utility stunts
Harry Harris III .... utility stunts (as Harry Harris)
Scott Hubbell .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunt double (as Maria Kelly)
Anderson Martin .... utility stunts (as Andy Martin)
Frank Orsatti .... utility stunts
Manny Perry .... utility stunts
James Hooks Reynolds .... utility stunts (as Jim Reynolds)
Gar Stephen .... utility stunts
Gary Tacon .... stunt double: Mr. Baldwin
Amy Stephen Wilder .... utility stunts (as Amy Wilder)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Wilder)
Gerard G. Williams .... stunt double (as Gerard Williams)
Scott Hubbell .... underwater stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott August .... video assistant
Wayne Baker .... first assistant camera: underwater unit
Phil Bowen .... camera operator: aerial unit
Billy Bragg .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Brennan .... dolly grip
Sal Camacho .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Buddy Carr .... grip
Michael J. Coo .... key grip
Andy Day .... best boy electric
Cougar Easley .... electrician (as W.W. 'Cougar' Easley)
William E. Fitch .... best boy grip
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Marvin Lee .... second assistant camera: additional camera
Vincent Mata .... second assistant camera (as Vince Mata)
Bill McCord .... grip
Mike McLaughlin .... electrician
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera
Phil Pastuhov .... camera operator: aerial unit
Paul Postelnicu .... second assistant camera
Cynthia Pusheck .... second assistant camera: underwater unit
Pete Romano .... underwater photographer
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
John W. Scott .... electrician (as John Scott)
Michael Scott .... camera operator
Dennis Seawright .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael L. Smith .... grip (as Mike Smith)
Tommy Staub .... video assistant (as Thomas Staub)
Alex Vlacos .... electrician
William Waldman .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Bill Waldman)
Leah Welsh .... camera loader
Val Zimmer .... grip
Mark Hryma .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Wells A. Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rick Landry .... extras casting
Mia Levinson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christi Alexander .... wardrobe production assistant
Linda Gardar .... costumer
Barbara Hause .... costumer (as Barbara J. Hause)
Wingate Jones .... wardrobe: Mr. Baldwin
Joan Kaufman .... costume buyer
Bonney Langfitt .... set costumer
David C. Robinson .... associate costume designer (as David Robinson)
Bethany Scott .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Joyce Arrastia .... assistant editor
Alyson C. Hurlbut .... editing production assistant
David Orr .... color timer
Barbara Riley .... negative cutter
Robert W. Steinkamp .... assistant editor (as Robert Steinkamp)
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Michael T. Wilson .... associate editor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... executive music supervisor
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffery Alexander)
Simon Chamberlain .... orchestrator
George Fenton .... music producer
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
Bones Howe .... music consultant
Paul Hulme .... music recordist
Adrian Thomas .... music co-producer
Eliza Thompson .... music coordinator
Elizabeth Wendel .... associate music supervisor
Sally Boldt .... music editor (uncredited)
Toby Wood .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Elven Barrow .... driver
Richard Belyeu .... transportation captain
William B. Borges .... driver (as William Borges)
Edward Brumfield .... driver
Hebert Colar .... driver
Herbert Colar .... driver
Greg Collins .... driver
Nelson B. Conino .... driver (as Nelson Contino)
Ricky Damazio .... driver
Robert L. Davis .... driver
Wilfred Dupart .... driver
Charles Franklin .... driver
Huey Grey .... driver (as Huey P. Grey)
Charles Griffith .... driver
Alex Hebert .... driver
Earl R. Hurst Sr. .... driver (as Earl Hurst Sr.)
Lionel Johnson .... driver
Ed Jones .... driver (as Edward Jones)
Loney Landry .... driver
Michael Ledet .... driver
Fred Liberman .... driver: Mr. Baldwin
David McMiller .... driver
Gary Paulsen .... transportation coordinator
Poland Perkins .... driver
Al Sens .... driver (as Al Sens Jr.)
Glenn Snyder .... driver
Robert Stewart .... driver
Other crew
Joseph Aspromonti .... set production assistant
Brooks Baldwin .... dialogue coach
Charles Ballay II .... production assistant
Susie Blanchard .... first aid (as Susan Blanchard)
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Michael T. Brady .... water safety (as Mike Brady)
Carol Sue Byron .... production accountant
Kayla Chaillot .... craft service
Barry Champagne .... pilot
Brandon Colgan .... boat crew
Adrian Colon .... production assistant
Julie Daggett .... production intern
Gigi Davis .... assistant: Mr. Frederickson
David Davoli .... assistant: Mr. Baldwin
Christine Donatelli .... production intern
J.W. 'Corkey' Fornof .... aerial pilot coordinator (as Corkey Fornoff)
Paul Frailey .... boat crew
Bonnie Friedman .... production secretary
Brad 'Mo' Gremillion .... assistant cook (as Brad Gremillion)
Peter Grossman .... legal service
Teddy M. Haggarty .... stand-in: Mr. Baldwin
Dana A. Hanby .... assistant location manager (as Dana Hanby)
Carol Hart .... teacher (as Carol S. Hart)
Carol Hart .... welfare worker (as Carol S. Hart)
Michael Hendrick .... craft service assistant (as Mike Hendrick)
Ed Holt .... key assistant production coordinator
Scott Hubbell .... water safety (as Scott Hubble)
Ira Hurvitz .... script supervisor: reshoots
Bridgette Johnson .... assistant production coordinator
Samuel Jones II .... set production assistant
Ted Kantrow .... caterer (as Teddy Kantrow)
Shelley Kirkwood .... publicist
David B. Leener .... production associate (as David Leener)
Brent Leonard .... boat crew
Robert Mazaraki .... production assistant
Tom McNulty .... projectionist
Hwei-Chu Meng .... assistant: Mr. Morgan and Mr. Ruddy
Gary Miller .... chef
Lenny Moecklin .... first aid (as Leonard Moecklin)
Cheryl Morgan .... animal handler
Raider Morgan .... animal handler
Liz Newman .... production coordinator
John Pouey .... assistant location manager (as John Poney)
Danny Rose .... production assistant
M. Ross-Michaels .... assistant accountant
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Debbie Schwab .... production coordinator
Mary Shelton .... location manager
Walter Smith .... assistant cook
Colleen Stewart .... craft service
Rodney Theard .... local captain
Keith Theriot .... accounting clerk
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... assistant: Mr. Joanou (as Emma Tillinger)
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Kenneth Vicknair .... boat crew
C. Ransom Walrod .... boat wrangler (as Ransom Walrod)
Patricia A. Walrod .... boat crew (as Patti Walrod)
Karen Yokomizo .... assistant accountant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... pilot
Glenn Zoller .... set production assistant
Frank Duffy .... additional set medic (uncredited)
Anthony Michael Frederick .... stand-in (uncredited)
Vicky Herman .... production executive (uncredited)
Kimberly M. Carbo .... thanks
Blanche Comisky .... thanks
Cindy Hidalgo .... thanks
Charlie Landry .... thanks (as Father Charlie Landry)
George Lewis .... thanks
Tom McDermott .... thanks
Marc H. Morial .... thanks
Faye Russell .... thanks
Ann Spicer .... thanks
Al Townsend .... thanks
Coach Woods .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some nudity
132 min | Canada:135 min (Ontario)
Color (Technicolor)
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Originally slated for release in the fall of 1994 when Savoy Pictures (who originally produced and financed the film to it's competition) delayed it. The film was then slated for a 1995 release by the studio, but was finally shelved again because Savoy Pictures had folded in Bankruptcy. Last of the Dogmen (1995) was the final film released under the Savoy Pictures banner. Heaven's Prisoners and a few of the remaining titles that had been delayed for release by Savoy, were picked up by other studios. New Line Cinema finally released the film in the Spring of 1996.See more »
Factual errors: As Roger Ebert points out in his review, "a character tastes the ring of moisture left by a cold drink, and identifies who must have been drinking it, even though gin cannot permeate glass and the moisture would have been, according to the best theories of condensation, pure water."See more »
Claudette Rocque:[to the other woman] Hello.
Dave Robicheaux:Claudette Rocque, this is my friend Robin. She's gonna be, uh, stayin' with us for awhile.
Claudette Rocque:Oh.
[to Robin]
Claudette Rocque:Have we met?
Robin Gaddis:Not formally.
Claudette Rocque:You're a performer of some kind. Oh that's right; you work at that little place on Bourbon: Smilin' Jacks.
Robin Gaddis:That's right. Now I remember you, too. You came in one time, with a couple of... real pretty girls, asked me to work a private slumber party. But I don't really go in for that sort of thing.
Claudette Rocque:I think you got me mixed up with someone else.
Robin Gaddis:Well maybe you're right. The girl I'm talkin' about was real trash. She had a butterfly tattoo on her belly.
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Solid noir - a bit long but Baldwin makes it work, 21 March 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Ex-cop and ex-drunk Dave Robicheaux has got his life back and makes a living selling bait outside New Orleans with his wife Annie. When they witness a plane crash into the river, Dave saves a little girl and they decide to keep her since she has been orphaned. However, when they then get a visit from the DEA and some local heavies it is apparent that the plane was doing more than just carrying a few illegals and soon Dave finds his new life rapidly crumbling around him.

Opening with a stylish and atmospheric semi to-camera confession, this film immediately caught my interest and managed to hold throughout despite not actually being that good. The film is set in the Deep South and is full or rather annoying mannerisms and clichés from that area that put me off a bit. Despite this, I still quite enjoyed it; the plot meanders out of control a bit and involves too many characters to really keep a tight emotional grip on the audience but it still have enough grit and tension to it to keep you watching. Some elements are better than others though - when the film focuses on Dave and his tough investigation it is great; but when it tries to expand (eg with Robin) it just comes across as baggy.

The film hasn't got massive action scenes but it does have some good chases and moments of thrills - most notably a roof top chase across New Orleans. These are fine but the film does too much talking in slow southern drawls for my liking - also making the film feel a lot longer than it probably was! The talking is fine, but it does more than enough to set the tone and action - and then it keeps talking! Combine this with the characters and you have a film that can't help but feel baggy and slightly disjointed.

The one thread that holds it all together though is Baldwin. He gives a great performance across the whole film; dealing well with the various emotions that it throws at him. Roberts is OK, certainly better than some other rubbish I've seen him in. Lynch is given little to do but look good in a bikini; Masterson is not cast well and doesn't fit into the trashy stripper role; Hatcher gets naked and looks good but her character is not dealt with that well by the script. The support cast includes Hall and Guilfoyle but this is Baldwin's film and, for it's other faults, he carries it with him. The direction is also good; using some very good shots to up the tension and the pace of the film at key moments - if only the editor had been a bit more persistent though.

Overall this is a tough noir-ish thriller that works well for the majority despite feeling bogged down by dialogue and characters at times. If you can put up with the heavy Southern drawls and the iced-tea clichés then it is worth a look.

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