Break Up (1998)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  21 August 1998 (Italy)
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Jimmy is married to the abusive Frank, but she's building a nest egg so she can leave. For a year, she's been deaf as a result of one of his beatings. One night, he pushes her over the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Dade
Frankie Dade
Officer Andrew Ramsey
George (as Michael Hagerty)
Tom Harrison ...
Baker Cop #1
Liquor Store Owner
Abraham Verduzco ...
L.A.P.D. Cop (as Zach Tiegan)


Jimmy is married to the abusive Frank, but she's building a nest egg so she can leave. For a year, she's been deaf as a result of one of his beatings. One night, he pushes her over the stairwell, and she ends up in the hospital. When a charred body in her husband's car is pulled from a pond, the cops want to talk to her, but she bolts for her sister's, loses her savings pass-book, and then learns someone has emptied her bank account. She's goes on the run, with the same cops on her trail, and eventually realizes Frank may not be dead. Getting back her money, facing Frank, satisfying the police, and finding her freedom may be more than she can handle. Written by <>

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Silent Betrayal. Deadly Passion. Sweet Revenge.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence including domestic abuse, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 1998 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Break Up  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Portions of this movie were filmed at the Kern County Courthouse in Bakersfield, California. Since the film was depicting Los Angeles Police officers, "Los Angeles Police Department" was printed on one of the office doors and remained there for several weeks after the film was completed. Members of the public were very confused. See more »


When Jimmy is pointing a revolver at Officer Ramsey in the rest room, and later when she shoots Frankie with the same gun, it is obvious from the frontal camera angle that the weapon is not loaded. Its chambers are clearly empty. See more »


County Sheriff #2: [talking to Ramsey about their hard investigation] Yeah... I could never go through what you guys go through, too much bullshit on top of bullshit.
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Theme For The Break Up
Performed by Paula Frazer
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Good premise, but....
11 November 1999 | by (Olympia, WA) – See all my reviews

The basic story was pretty good, the acting, especially in the initial scene that sets the film up was realistic. In fact, Fonda's acting throughout was excellent even though the script made her dumber then a nail. You keep yelling at the screen, "Call the cops! Call the cops!" Of course, she doesn't.

And the self-mutilation scene -- wouldn't this guy be in pain for days if not weeks? Drove me nuts.

Keifer Sutherland often plays a real good bad guy -- but not this time. Now he's a cop who never met a donut he didn't like.

Go ahead and rent this movie. Just keep a can of Spackle handy to plug up the holes in the story -- like who fed Duke the dog?

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