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Persons Unknown (1996)

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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 ... 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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The stun gun that Cake (played by J.T Walsh) asks for and receives from Jim Holland (played by Joe Mantegna) has the fictional brand name "Hickenlooper" printed on the box. George Hickenlooper is the director of the film. See more »

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Worth seeing simply for the nicely-played love story.
8 March 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews



The plot of this film is rather weak, and too many of the supporting characters come across as cliches rather than real people. (If I never see another killer in a long, black raincoat on a hot day, I'll die a happy man).

But Naomi Watts and Joe Mantegna both beautifully transcend this material, in a wonderful, understated love story. The usual histrionics of a paralyzed woman in love are left out, and instead we get some genuine, gritty dialogue, and the sense that there are two real people reaching out to each other. She is no blushing, helpless cripple, and meets him head-on, as when she asks him if he's one of those men who're drawn to women in wheelchairs, or who only get turned on by women who can't feel sex. Both actors put their all into this scene, without overplaying it, and draw you right into their story.

The ending is adult, rather than trite, and avoids most of the usual cliches; unfortunately, not all.

I found this an absorbing movie, and highly recommend it for a snowbound afternoon.


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