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Jimmy Dade
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Frankie Dade
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Officer Andrew Ramsey
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Grace
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Mom
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Shelly
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George (as Michael Hagerty)
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Nan
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Neighbor
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Baker Cop #1
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Liquor Store Owner
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Boy
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Waitress
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L.A.P.D. Cop (as Zach Tiegan)
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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 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Silent Betrayal. Deadly Passion. Sweet Revenge.

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

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21 August 1998 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Break Up  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Many of the featured extras that played Baker cops were actual officers from local stations. In a few of the scenes the director told them "just do it as you would in real life." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John Box: Fuck off.
Officer Andrew Ramsey: *You* fuck off!
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This Strange Effect
Written by Ray Davies (as Raymond Douglas Davies)
Performed by Steve Wynn
Courtesy of Zero Hour Records
Published by America Metropolitan Enterprises [BMI]
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excellent, dark, sinister and moving. full of suspense
13 January 1999 | by (london) – See all my reviews

excellent drama. very dark. i have never seen california photographed in such a way. bridget fonda as the deaf wife beaten by her husband is superb. the film gripped me from start to finish. very understated performance by sutherland. the direction was very european. amazing to get such a performance from fonda.


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