A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

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Gilbert Powell
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Cyrus (as Luis Guzman)
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Storyline

Ricky Santoro is a flamboyant and corrupt Atlantic City cop with a dream: become so well connected that he can become mayor. In lieu of that, he'll settle for keeping his comfortable lifestyle. On the night of the heavyweight boxing championship, Rick becomes mixed up in the assassination of the Secretary of Defense, an assassination involving his best friend. Becoming the investigating officer in the case, Rick soon uncovers a conspiracy to kill the Secretary and a mysterious woman in white. The conspiracy was shocking, but not half as shocking as the identity of its mastermind. Written by The Mystery Guest

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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7 August 1998 (USA)  »

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$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,310,373 (USA) (7 August 1998)

Gross:

$55,585,389 (USA) (18 December 1998)
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Al Pacino turned down the role of Commander Kevin Dunne. See more »

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During the end credits you can see a man wearing a baseball cap and other workers going by without hard hats. You would never see this at an actual construction site. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Dunne: [after Rick is pummeled by Tyler] Sounds like three broken ribs to me. What is this? A heroic stand? You're the wrong guy for it, Rick. You'll be all alone in the spotlight. And guys like you can't stand up to that light. You'll burn up under it. The press starts looking for dirt on you - and they will - it will be a mudslide. Forget about your job, your sweet life in Margate. Start thinking about jail! Your girlfriend will be gone, too, at the first sign of trouble but not before she has a ...
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The end credits scroll over a construction site scene (presumably the new casino), closing in tighter and tighter until the final shot is of a bright red jewel embedded in a concrete pillar that the workmen are installing. Most of the time the jewel is hidden under the hand of one of the workers. The ring was worn by the red-haired woman/Navy agent who was part of Commander Kevin Dunn's scheme. See more »

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References Rumble Fish (1983) See more »

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Probably Not the Worst Thing in De Palma's Career
19 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A shady police detective (Nicolas Cage) finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

Unfortunately, the DVD I watched had the picture stretched out funny. The film was widescreen, but two wide and not tall enough. I suppose I could have fixed that by adjusting my TV settings, but I was generally disappointed in the presentation. I will not hold that against the film, though -- just saying it needs a better release.

Some of the De Palma traits are here: there is a bit of surveillance (not quite his regular voyeurism theme, but not far removed) and a little bit of split screen. These aspects really mark it as his work even if nothing else does.

Having Nicolas Cage as the lead was a gamble. He can be amazing or dreadful, and you never know what you are going to get. Here he runs the whole range -- in some scenes he is pretty good and in others pretty awful. The overall strength or weakness of the film seems to fall on Cage, and this may be why it falters at times.


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