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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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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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$69,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£743,909 (UK) (6 November 1998)

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

A tidal wave originally planned was removed from the film, but not entirely: - The wave can be seen briefly in a few frames as the police van arrives near the film's end. It hits the van, which begins to fall over. In the next shot, the van merely swerves into the building. - Richard Santoro mentions a recurring dream about being back in the tunnel underwater; but since the tidal wave sequence was taken out, he was never underwater in the first place. See more »

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[Points at the bodyguard's hand on his arm]
'Ricky' Santoro: See where your hand is? That's a felony.
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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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Brian De Palma at his worst
25 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

* star out of 4

Before I begin the review of Snake Eyes, I want to clearly state that I like Brian De Palma. He may not always have the best scripts for his films but I've enjoyed a lot of what he's made. The Untouchables is an action masterpiece, Body Double and Dressed to Kill are classic suspense/thrillers, and Mission: Impossible is an entertaining and flashy action/adventure. So, it's natural to have some sort of high expectations while watching Snake Eyes. I just had no idea the movie would be this awful.

The film's plot really means nothing as it's just a way to show off some visual style, and boy does the movie begin with style. For the first twelve minutes I did not notice a single cut in the camera. It's just one long movement that focuses on Nicolas Cage, who plays Atlantic City police detective Rick Santoro. The camera finally ends its long run with the assassination of the Secretary of Defense and what results afterward is a bland and predictable film with implausibilities that would make a child feel insulted.

Is it that bad? Well, some people might actually enjoy the movie but it's basically a complete letdown. What's wrong with it? Well, De Palma has crafted some meticulous and unbearably suspenseful thrillers (the above mentioned Body Double and Dressed to Kill). Snake Eyes does not fit into that description. Instead, it's an incoherent story with some really bad plot twists (if you call those twists) that lead to the answer to a mystery in which the audience already knew before even watching the movie. Acting wise, only Cage stays away from blandness. Hey, De Palma even saved the worst for last: an extremely terrible conclusion that is so dumb that it makes you wonder how the producers and studio executives could have watched it and not demand major changes. Then again, they probably already noticed how awful the movie was before all that and figured changing the ending entirely would have been useless.

Do yourself a favor and watch the other De Palma films I mentioned. Don't waste your time with this dud.


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