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Phoenix (1998)

 -  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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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 »

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K. C.
Written by Guy Davis, Marc Olson and Mike Williamson
Performed by Sage
Courtesy of Will Records
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Cool little film
9 September 2001 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Sometimes I question why one movie gets theatrical distribution while another does not. To be fair, I think things generally swing the right way. Movies that call video their home do it for sometimes a much deserved reason: they stink. This is not the case with Phoenix however.

It's a breath of fresh air to take a chance on a direct-to-video quickie and have it turn out this good. The story is tight and look at all the recognizable faces in the cast. That helps me out. The whole police officer-gambling junky angle is different - Liotta as the lead carries it off well and Phoenix is just all around better than most cop boilers I've seen in the last six months. It sure ain't lacking in clichés of the genre, but that has come to be expected. Phoenix is just a well filmed, nicely acted piece of work from director Danny Cannon who makes amends for the theatrical bomb Judge Dredd. Worth a look on a slow night or for Liotta fans.


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