Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A cop (Liotta) with a gambling addiction plots a theft from the bookies who are putting pressure on him to pay off or else.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Unforgettable (1996)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Unsuccessfully framed for his wife's murder, Dr. David Krane attempts to find the real culprit by utilizing a new drug that allows him to experience the memories of other people first-hand.... See full summary »

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Coyote
Turbulence (1997)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a stewardess must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself.

Director: Robert Butler
Stars: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson
Pilgrim (2000)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A beautiful artist (Gloria Reuben) helps an amnesiac (Ray Liotta) piece together his identity and evade a gangster (Armin Mueller-Stahl) on his trail.

Director: Harley Cokeliss
Stars: Ray Liotta, Gloria Reuben, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Falling Sky (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Emily, a young girl coming of age in lower class Las Vegas, must deal with her alcoholic mother, Resse.

Directors: Russ Brandt, Brian J. De Palma
Stars: Karen Allen, Brittany Murphy, Jeremy Jordan
Angels! (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Three glamorous "female" private investigators from an elite Los Angeles Detective agency are brought back to life after 25 years of slumber in a freeze drying chamber. Frozen by evil ... See full summary »

Director: Rico Martinez
Stars: Ruben Zambrano, John Stapleton, Sutan Amrull
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe
Phoenix I (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's 1961 classic L'Avventura, Michael Akers' "PHOENIX" is infused with symbolism and a sexy spark. Dylan Wells (Chad Edward Bartley) has a good job, a great... See full summary »

Director: Michael D. Akers
Stars: Chad Bartley, Jeff Castle, Gaetano Jones
Zack and Reba (1998)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two young adults who are coping with the deaths of their partners try to move forward with their lives and start a relationship with each other.

Director: Nicole Bettauer
Stars: Brittany Murphy, Michael Jeter, Debbie Reynolds
Phoenix (1983)
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An alien visits Earth and casts an evil spell over a poor fisherman who finds her magic book. Since the book makes whoever finds it rich, soon the fisherman finds that several criminals are after him for it.

Directors: Sadamasa Arikawa, Richard Caan
Stars: Richard Kiel, Charles Lang, Betty Noonan
Phoenix I (1995)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A group of elite space marines are sent to a mining colony in order to eliminate an android rebellion.

Director: Troy Cook
Stars: Stephen Nichols, Brad Dourif, Billy Drago
No Escape (1994)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A soldier convicted for murdering his commanding officer is dumped and left to die on a prison island inhabited by two camps of convicts.

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson
Strangers (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

Two brothers are reunited under terrifying circumstances. John Reece (Ceveris) has made a precarious living by selling cocaine to actors and bands, but now he owes his violent associates in... See full summary »

Director: Danny Cannon
Stars: Michael Cerveris, Al Sapienza, Ken Gerson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Vanessa Munday ...
...
Cop
...
...
...
...
...
Sid
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In this town, the heat can kill you.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corrupção em Phoenix  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$43,071 (USA) (11 September 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Harry Collins: Never welsh on a bet.
See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

K. C.
Written by Guy Davis, Marc Olson and Mike Williamson
Performed by Sage
Courtesy of Will Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Outstanding Film!
3 July 2002 | by (The Greater Southwest) – See all my reviews

I was somewhat shocked at just how good this film was. I should not have been, the cast is outstanding! Moreover, when you have Ray Liotta in the lead role, you are going to be pretty good. However, this film goes way beyond pretty good and close to perfection.

The Movie tells the story of four Phoenix detectives, each of which is somewhat less than perfect (to say the least). In fact, a couple of them are criminals (Anthony LaPaglia is great). The story centers around that of Ray Liotta's character, a hopeless gambler. However, to Liotta, gambling is somewhat of an honorable tradition (one carried down from his father). He speaks of gambling as if it was his religion. He bets on everything. He starts conversations with people he considers lucky, in attempts to get some kind of a hidden tip on a horse. He sees a cute little girl and asks her her name, she says Betsy. So he looks for a horse named Betsy. However, like he tells one of his partners, "I don't gamble to make money." His partner's response, "no s**t." The more bets Liotta makes, the more he loses. Pretty soon, he is in pretty heavy to a loan shark named Chicago (played brilliantly by Tom Noonan). When his fellow partners suggest arresting or killing the loan shark (that is starting to lean heavy on Liotta), Liotta is shocked, there is no honor in welshing on a bet. From here, we see the downward spiral of all people involved in the story.

I mentioned the cast in this film and it is an incredible group. What is greater, is that each is given a real character to play, with unique flaws and traits. Each scene is wonderful to look at, visually. Be it a rainy night, a heist with animal masks, or a brutal Arizona desert. The dialog is sharp and very witty. The images are gritty and slick. Symbolism abounds in every scene. This is really a tremendous film! **** out of ****.


25 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anthony LaPaglia agsconnolly
Phoenix Ending qtdan04
Irregularities that really aren't NotoriousJMG
the soundtrack listing lkeuss-1
Featurettes/Trailer/W hatever user-6701
Discuss Phoenix (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page