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Phoenix (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  4 September 1998 (USA)
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A cop (Liotta) with a gambling addiction plots a theft from the bookies who are putting pressure on him to pay off or else.

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In Phoenix, Arizona, all is not well at the local police station as some of the colleagues are not good of heart. Superstitious cop Harry Collins is on the take. He a compulsive gambler who is forced to plan a heist with fellow cops Mike, James, and Fred to rip off local pimp and overall bad guy, Louie, to pay off gambling debts run up with "bookie" Chicago. Written by Chris Foster <cf@chrisfoster.prestel.co.uk>

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In this town, the heat can kill you.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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4 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Corrupção em Phoenix  »

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$43,071 (USA) (11 September 1998)
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Harry Collins: Never welsh on a bet.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Until Tomorrow
Written by Graeme Revell, Danny Cannon and Gail Ann Dorsey
Performed by Gail Ann Dorsey
Courtesy of
Bread & Buddha Productions/
Mercury Records
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Superstitious
29 May 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film was a complete surprise. One of those rarities that come out out of nowhere and knock your socks off without much effort. Danny Cannon, it's director must be given credit for bringing this story to the screen, or video, as probably was the case.

Any film where Ray Liotta appears, is worth a look. Now, if one adds the great Anthony LaPaglia, one of the best actors around, it has to be outstanding. Mr. LaPaglia has never struck a wrong note in whatever I've seen him do. He shines here playing against type and almost stealing the film from Ray Liotta.

The story about bad cops in Phoenix is presented with a total sense of honesty, no pun intended. There are a bunch of these guys in every police department in large cities. The director packs a lot of action into this movie. It will keep the viewer glued to the screen.

In addition to Ray Liotta and Anthony LaPaglia, there are brief glances at Anjelica Houston, Brittany Murphy, Jeremy Piven, Giancarlo Esposito and others that make this film a delight for fans of thrillers.

Either catch it on cable, or run to the video store and rent it. You won't regret it!


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