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Persons Unknown (1996)

When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan ... See full summary »

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Jim Holland
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Amanda
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Molly
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Cake
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Tosh
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Terry
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Lewis
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Prancer (as Christian Meoli)
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Vixen
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Comet (as Jim Ortega)
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Blitzen
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Jimmy
Don Blakely ...
Marty
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Mott
Brent J. Williams ...
Old Man
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When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan by Amanda and her sister Molly, to obtain security codes to office of a client. The girls and their cohorts rob his client and stash the loot. All the while, detective Jim has been following them and he grabs the money for himself. Then his conscience gets the best of him and he falls in love with Molly. His client turns out to be drug dealers and he's forced to risk his life to protect Molly and Amanda. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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27 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Astathmitos paragontas  »

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One of three films starring both Joe Mantegna and J.T. Walsh. They also appeared in House of Games (1987) and Things Change (1988). The mentioned films were directed by David Mamet, who gave roles to both actors in his stage play "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1984. See more »

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Amanda: This guy's trouble, Molly. He can't help us. He can't even help himself.
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Ex-cop Joe Mantegna involved with two sisters, Kelly Lynch and Naomi Watts
11 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Persons Unknown" (1996) is another in the series of neo-noirs out of John Grant's list that I've been looking at lately. They've all been movies of lesser status and budget, or modern b-movies. This one is a cut above the others, due to the above-par cast and an engaging story line and direction. The triangle that has Joe Mantegna involved with two sisters, Kelly Lynch and Naomi Watts, brings out their characters nicely and holds our interest. J.T. Walsh is a cop with underworld connections and intentions. The director, George Hickenlooper, is not well known, but he has a respectable output. The story builds out from a robbery of drug money. It changes hands and naturally there are drug heavies searching for it. The plot is really nothing that new, but we are drawn in by the triangle development. I'd rate this 5.5 if I could.


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