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Booth Parker
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Sally Hogan
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Jesse Segundo
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Agent Ellen Marks
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Nate
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When two small-town deputy sheriffs stumble onto a crime scene where a drug buy had gone bad and everyone was shot dead, they discover a suitcase full of cash - $1.5 million. They decide to take the cash and cover-up the theft by burning the car the cash was in. However, things take a turn for the worse when they discover that one of the men is still alive and he has overheard their plans. They then have to suffocate him to stop him from revealing their plans. Things get even worse though when the DEA shows up and tell them that the man was one of their agents and he was wired. And then things take another bad turn when the coroner, who first received the body, discovers the tape first, switches it and wants a 50% cut. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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US Route 9 runs from Laurel, Delaware (US Route 13) to Champlain, NY near the USA-Canada border and includes a ferry connection between Lewes, Delaware, and Cape May, New Jersey. See more »

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When Wallace's car is shown at the bottom of the cliff, it has the remains of a roll cage inside. See more »

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Nate: [to Cliff] You gonna shake his hand? You should shake his hand, man. At least give him a little nod or a wink or something. You know?
Nate: [to Danning] What do you think?
Agent Paul Danning: I think we're late and I gotta take a leak.
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Two cops appropriate $1.5 million from a busted drug deal
18 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I confirm that "Route 9" is a neo-noir, noting that it is correctly listed as such by John Grant. This is a story that focuses on two wrong-doers, policemen in this case, whose difficulties magnify greatly after they appropriate $1.5 million from a crime scene. For similar neo-noir hooks, see "Shallow Grave" (1995) and "A Simple Plan" (released 2 months after "Route 9"). This is a b-noir, a TV-movie. I've seen it twice and enjoyed it both times. It has good plot twists and reasonably believable situations that are true to the characters. The acting is acceptable and then some. The direction is mostly mundane but gets the job done.

Not far from Reno, the two cops work in a small rural town where serious crime has been absent. The movie opens with a drug deal that goes bad, leaving everyone dead except one man, and he looks as if he's dead. The cops, Kyle MacLachlan and Wade Williams, happen upon the scene at an isolated farm while looking for a stray dog. They find $1.5 million and decide to keep it for themselves. That's where their troubles begin and grow.

Their boss is Peter Coyote. MacLachlan is bedding Coyote's wife, Amy Locane, whom Coyote knocks around. Williams is kind to his mom. These are "nice" cops, but temptation is too much for them and they get bad breaks. The medical examiner is Miguel Sandoval. A DEA agent comes into it, Roma Maffia.

The story, true to its noir credentials, focuses on the crime and the fateful consequences when otherwise upstanding cops transgress. It's told mainly from their point of view, and the ending bleakly follows through on the results of their decision and the acts that follow.


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