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Snake Eyes (1998)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilbert Powell
Lincoln Tyler
Lou Logan
Jimmy George
Cyrus (as Luis Guzman)
Ned Campbell
Walt McGahn
Mickey Alter
Michaella Bassey ...
Tyler's Party Girl #2
Paul Joseph Bernardo ...
Casino Security #1


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ojos de serpiente  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$55,585,389 (USA) (18 December 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Will Smith was originally set to play the role later taken by Gary Sinise. Paramount baulked at Smith's $12 million asking price. See more »


The ring shown at the end of the credits puzzles many audiences. It belonged to a woman that Dunne killed and put into a cement mixer, so claims that it introduces some continuity error related to Santoro are wrong. See more »


Rick Santoro: You know they say, back two, three hundred years ago, pirates put phony lighthouses right out by those big rocks, right out there. Ships would set a course by the lights, crash on the rocks; then everybody'd go out and rob 'em blind. Only one thing's changed since then: lights are brighter.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Minority Report (2002) See more »


Hey Hey
Written by Cornell 'Ryot' Richardson and Kevin Campbell
Performed by Ryot
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User Reviews

One of the best movies of De Palma, a formal masterpiece.
7 December 1998 | by (Palermo, Italy) – See all my reviews

A completely new movie, where form and vision become the substance of a story of dissolution of a consciousness and of a world. Double characters and multiple points of perception, an opening scene technically stunning and artistically perfect, centered on an indirect perceiver (Cage) while everything happens on the background. Multiple endings (in every sense) and an extremely rigorous style up to the last image. Split screen sequences as a poetic synthesis of truth, and a completely new relationship between subjective and objective reality. Abstract cinema at its best, and a real post-modern nightmare.

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