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Writers (WGA):
Walter Halsey Davis (written by) &
Vickie Patik (written by)
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Release Date:
15 January 1998 (USA) See more »
A cop on the edge takes on a brutal teenage gang!
A female police detective tries to track down a gang of teenage bank robbers while dealing with sexual harassment on the job, and her troubled home life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Linda Hamilton ... Jean Martin

Jeff Fahey ... Det. Dan Collins

Jay Acovone ... Capt. Unander

Coolio ... Lt. Gil Suggs
Dan Ferro ... Willis Featherhill

Samaria Graham ... Lorette Timmons (Pula)

Paul Herman ... Det. Ed Carlin

Dean Norris ... Manny Denikolas
Tim Redwine ... Jack Martin

Tim DeZarn ... Trevor Freed (as Tim De Zarn)

Evan Jones ... D.A. Lotchen

Marshall R. Teague ... Jay (as Marshall Teague)

Lawrence B. Adisa ... Carl

Tracey Cherelle Jones ... Cherie

Brian Markinson ... Joe

Kristoffer Ryan Winters ... William Shepherd (as Kristoffer Winters)

Hope Allen ... Young Mother
Brian Abercrombie ... Bartender #2

Eve Brenner ... Homeless Woman
Cora Lee Day ... Mrs. Rogers

Gary Fredo ... SWAT Commander
Marcia del Mar ... Lt. Maria Aguilar

Pancho Demmings ... Photo Expert

Chris Ellis ... Officer Roux
Wanda-Lee Evans ... Social Worker

Kevin Fry ... Patrolman #1

David Kagen ... Laslo

Kirk Kinder ... Anchorperson
Phil Klipa ... Laslo's Friend
Paul Landry ... New Guy

Iyari Limon ... Esperanza Gomez (as Iyari Perez Limon)

Ned Luke ... Officer Al

Christopher Maher ... Doctor

Sandy Martin ... Bartender #1
Matthew McCurley ... Dave

Peter McKernan ... Pilot

David McKnight ... Dale Holman

Robert Mont ... John / Flasher
Barbra Rae ... Mrs. Freed
Diane Rodriguez ... Mrs. Gomez

Wells Rosales ... Baldemar Rivera

Robin Pearson Rose ... Wild-Eyed Woman
Whitney Rydbeck ... Bank Manager
Caron Strong ... Bank Teller

Warren Sweeney ... Fingerprint Expert
Jack Sydow ... George Haley
Sheila Ivy Traister ... Traffic Reporter
Robert Lee Waynick ... Security Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Kruger ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Elodie Keene 
Writing credits
Walter Halsey Davis (written by) &
Vickie Patik (written by)

Produced by
Walter Halsey Davis .... executive producer
David Gerber .... executive producer
Guy J. Louthan .... producer
Vickie Patik .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
Tony C. Jannelli  (as Anthony Jannelli)
Film Editing by
Suzanne Pettit 
Casting by
John A. Aiello 
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
Stuart Blatt 
Costume Design by
Cathryn Wagner 
Production Management
Susan McNamara .... production supervisor
Lorin Bennett Salob .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hallinan .... second assistant director
Sean Kavanagh .... second assistant director
Guy J. Louthan .... second unit director
Robert D. Simon .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... assistant sound editor
Adam Kroloff .... sound effects editor
James P. Lay .... supervising sound editor
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Paul Menichini .... sound effects editor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
David Yaffe .... sound mixer
Andy Gill .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Fausak .... best boy grip
Christopher J. Lama .... electrician
Michael Marzovilla .... gaffer
John Seravic .... grip
Daniel L. Turrett .... camera operator: "a" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marissa Borsetto .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Alexis Seymour .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Dean Richard Marino .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ron Poniewaz Jr. .... driver
Other crew
Tawny Duel .... coordinator
Kurt Zelnak .... office production assistant

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96 min | Germany:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Brave idea but badly flawed, 24 October 2001
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The film opens with a violent bank robbery before moving to follow Linda Hamilton investigating a violent sex crime. As the film progresses we follow Hamilton as she follows up the sex crime and gets involved in the investigation into the bank robbing gang.

This film feels like it is about Hamilton, Farley and Coolio pursuing the gang, but then this subplot of the sex crime doesn't seem to fit in. The reason for this is that this film is about Hamilton's character rather than the criminals or the crimes - these are included because they impact in her life. We see how Hamilton's relationship with her child is affected and how she is changed by dealing with the sex crimes.

The problem with this is that her character isn't that well scripted and the insights that we're supposed to get are not exactly draw out with any great subtlety. That wouldn't be a problem if the rest of the storylines were strong but they aren't - they all just seem to float around and only get followed when Hamilton is involved and they're only used to show her character in some way. The plot about the rapist is poor and is resolved due to a couple of very unlikely situations, while the gang scenes are good but the conclusion has no tension, no drama and brings no real closure to the story.

This is a shame because this is the best element of the slightly disjoined plot. The gang's leader is excellent as the unhinged Laurette - playing it sexy and dangerous, but isn't really given anywhere to go with it. As I said, these storylines just seem to be included to make a point about Hamilton's character, once the point is made the stories are pretty much tidied up as best as possible without too much consideration for those involved. An example of what I mean is Michael Mann's Heat - with it the crimes and the characters share the stage allowing emotional development, tension and action. With On The Line we get join the dots emotions without any sustained story, tension or action.

Hamilton is good in the lead role and does make her character believable - it is a shame that the direction makes most of the character points really obvious (like we're too stupid to understand), because she is good enough to bring emotions through gradually. Farley is OK, but isn't called on to do much - his character is pretty one-dimensional and doesn't rise out of the group of cops that get involved in squadroom banter. However you do get the feeling that his character was meant to be more that a step in the development of Hamilton's character. Coolio and the rest of the cops provide some comic relief, but again but really bring anything to the film.

This is a reasonable TV movie. It is a brave idea to base the whole movie around Hamilton's character but it doesn't really work out because it ignores the other elements of the film - where's the action of the robberies? Where's the drama with the sex crimes? These subplots could have been expanded in conjunction with the exploration of Hamilton's character and would have made a much fuller, more entertaining film. Such as it is - it's not great.

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