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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
Joel Fabiani ...
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  »

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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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Opening sequence includes 8 cuts: First take - 2'19" 0'18" TV screen - 2'37" Rick Santoro by the monitors Second take - 2'41" 2'37" Rick starts to walk - 4'18" - Rick follows Cyrus Third take - 1'43" 4'18" Rick on the stairs - 6'01" - Rick shouts "Go Tyler! Go Tyler!" Fourth take - 1'02" 6'01" Rick enters Arena - 7'03" - Rick meets Kevin Fifth take - 2'47" 7'03" Rick starts to talk with Kevin - 9'49" Kevin looks on redhead woman Sixth take - 2'22" 9'49" Redhead on the Arena - 12'11" Blonde talks to Kirkland Seventh take - 0'18" 12'11" Rick watching the fight - 12'29" "Here comes the Pain!!" Eighth take - 0'21" 12'29" Rick watching the fight - 12'50" Rick answers the phone from a girl with number "7" See more »


When Rick and Kevin Dunne are sitting ringside at the fight, the Seceretary of defense is sitting behind them to the right, but when they look at the suspicious redhead, the camera moves toward her but when it comes back to them, they are Kevin Dunne is sitting directly in front of the secretary of defense. See more »


Rick: I'm betting that the redhead you followed is the same person who told Tyler to throw the fight. She's one. Shooter's two. Tyler's three. The drunk who shouted the signal is four and whoever was on the other end of that radio is five. Five people make a conspiracy, right?
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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 »


References Black Rain (1989) See more »


Come On
Written by Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, James Wright & Barry White
Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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A feast of visuals, but a famine of suspense.
8 August 1998 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

Director Brian DePalma has always been excellent at letting the visual image speak for itself (like Hitchcock, with whom he is often compared). In "Snake Eyes", the juxtaposed and multi-angled images are captivating for a while, until you realize how unsuspenseful the story quickly becomes. Once all the key players and plot elements are revealed, the film seems to have nowhere to go and resorts to those hokey flashback devices where we see the events play out differently via each character's recollection. Cage and Sinise do the best they can with the material, but they lack real motivation, mirroring the film's lack of direction. This particularly hurts Sinise's characterization which starts out solid, then is set adrift mid-way through the film, and winds up completely contrived by the end. Overall a disappointment, but maybe not a bad rental if you are a Nicholas Cage fan.

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