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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Stimulating television movie with intrigue , action and excellent casting

6/10
Author: ma-cortes
4 May 2007

The movie concerns the usual story of sheriff and deputies from a small-town . Kyle McLachlan and Wade Williams discover a pair of dead bodies , drugs and a loot of cash and they decide to take it . They then burn the vehicle where the money was in . But events go wrong and Feds and DEA (Roma Maffia and Richard Riehle) come investigating . Besides , the coroner (Miguel Sandoval) discovers some engaging tapes . Their chief (Peter Coyote) gets suspects and his gorgeous spouse (Amy Locane) is the lover of Kyle McLachlan who wants to flee with her .

This TV movie contains noisy action , thriller , twisted plot and turns out to be pretty entertaining . From the beginning to ending the tension and suspense is continuous . US ¨Route 9¨, film title , runs from Laurel, Delaware -US Route 13- to Champlain , NY near the USA-Canada border and includes a ferry connection . Actors playing is top-notch with special mention for Kyle MacLachlan and Peter Coyote . There also intervenes two future successful television stars in the hit titled ¨Prison Break¨: Wade Williams and Silas Weir Mitchell . While protagonists watching TV appear images with David Paymer and Tony Godwyn , it results to be the former film by director David McKay titled : ¨The lesser evil¨ also starred by Richard Riehle . The film packs a spectacular , atmospheric soundtrack by Don Davis , David McKay's habitual musician including ¨Turbulence II¨ . He's nowadays very known for his ¨Matrix¨ musical score . The motion picture was well directed by David McKay in spite of the short budget . It's a great stuff for action and suspense lovers .

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Incredible! A TV Movie success!

Author: davidpiedrahita (davidpiedrahita@aol.com) from London
15 August 2003

When placing your eyes upon a TV Movie you would not expect that it will exceed your expectations. But this low budget movie definitely did. It centered around two police officers who decide to keep some 'drug related' money leading to various circumstances and unfortunate endings. The acting was good but a force-ful OTT acting that you would expect from a TV film with the rural town being a perfect spot for The Simple Plan. Like some people had noted before it is very similar to the underground hit, A Simple Plan, released that same year.

It is not as good as the latter but I was genuine surprised with the results. The saying 'Money turns everyone into vultures' is widely portrayed throughout the beginning, right through to the finale.

6/10

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Odd to see Peter Coyote as less than heroic.

Author: anonymous from San Diego, CA
9 March 1999

Violent and funny--think "Fargo" in California and on a budget. Loved Roma Maffia as a Federal investigator--the only intelligent person in town.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Simple, efficient B-noir thriller

7/10
Author: Billy Wiggins from New Jersey
20 April 2011

I found this one just flippin' through the pages of a video-on-demand site ... and what a find. A solid, very entertaining noir B-thriller.

Cop Kyle MacLachlan and his partner aim to steal a cache of loot from a crime scene ... think they'll get away with it?? Kyle Mac is sort of bullied into the scheme by his bumbling, loudmouth, forever-in-debt partner. And as soon as the idea is hatched, things go wrong, Murphy's Law-style, for the next 90 minutes. There were plenty of twists and turns in the plot: many were quite predictable, but some were real shockers, and the intrigue carried through until the final scene, with the viewer never *really* sure who would come out on top.

This is a made-for-cable movie from the '90s but does not feel lowbrow or shot on-the-cheap like many such movies do. MacLachlan is joined in the cast by familiar faces such as Amy Locane, Peter Coyote, the striking Roma Maffia (who is terrific as a very sharp DEA agent), and Miguel Sandoval, later to star in TV's "Medium". There are a few very nice stunts including a big gun battle to start the pic, a mountainside car chase, and numerous big explosions. Director David Mackay manages a few very clever setups and cutaways as he keeps the story moving along. The music score features a prominent bluesy slide guitar dropped in for effect here and there, it is very nicely done.

This is in the end a B-movie, but B-movies when done well can be as exciting and diverting as a pic of any stripe, thanks to simple, efficient construction and skilled execution. ROUTE 9 has those in spades. B- or 7 out of 10 stars.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Love, Betrayal, Action and Suspense!

8/10
Author: supermango from Wichita, Kansas
27 January 2001

This movie is really good. The character development is good, but could've been a little better w/ a few of the characters. The story was somewhat new (only a few other ones like it).. but for the low budget and virtually no-name actors, this movie was really good. I really recommend this movie for anyone interested in the story. It's worth it.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

One of the best made for TV movies I have ever seen.

9/10
Author: Lucas_Stroud from United States
23 January 2008

I have had memories of this movie for as long as I can remember. I have asked so many people if they remember it at rental and movie specialty stores. Sadly no one does. I however have the premise engraved in my mind two small two deputies stumble onto a drug deal gone bad. The two men are faced with a choice, morals are questions and things get complicated as they always do. The is full of great supporting characters portrayed by Peter Coyote and Roma Maffia. I finally found it after watching "Twin Peaks" and recognizing the actor. Thank God for IMDb and I was able to order it from Amazon. It was worth every penny, please do yourself a favor and check it out.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Derivative but entertaining

6/10
Author: merklekranz from United States
25 February 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"Route 9" has similarities to both "Fargo" (female law officer solves the crime) and "A Simple Plan" (friendship severely tested for partners in crime). With that said, there are enough differences and subplots for "Route 9" to stand alone. It is definitely the lesser of these three movies, however it certainly is entertaining. The high body count of this movie may be distressing, but the plot ties all the carnage together quite nicely. If you enjoyed "Fargo", or "A Simple Plan", then I recommend "Route 9" as something that will seem like familiar ground, yet can stand on merits of it's own. I rate "Fargo" 10.0, "A Simple Plan" 10.0 and "Route 9" 6.5. - MERK

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Good movie, more than what I expected

Author: Jack the Ripper1888 from Chicagooooooo
19 April 2002

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This was a very well made TV movie.*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* It is more than just your usual car chase movie taking place on the Western frontier. This movie follows two sheriff's deputies as they stumble upon a drug deal gone bad. They then decide to take a large sum of money that they find on the scene, but complications arise when a Federal Detective steps in and tries to find out what really happened. There aren't really any famous actors who play in this film. The biggest one would have to be Peter Coyote as the town's sheriff who is having marital problems. ROUTE 9 is one of the best made for TV movies that I have ever seen. More complications arise when the two deputies discover that one of the men killed at the site was an undercover agent (Silas Weir Mitchell) for the government...and he was still alive when they stole the money, and he had a recording device attached to his shoulder. This makes matters worse. Christopher Murray even has a part in the beginning as the ring-leader of the drug dealers. ROUTE 9 is a superior TV movie. I give it the TV movie award of excellence. Just playing. But for being a TV movie, this one wasn't bad. Let's see what else they got at Hollywood. 5/5.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

predictable, inaccurate, forgettable

3/10
Author: eggkorki from Denver, CO
30 December 2006

First of all, yes, I understand that movies are fictional and don't always necessarily strive for realism in all aspects, but to name a movie after US Highway 9 -- which runs through portions of New Jersey and Delaware -- even use the highway sign for the title, and then stage the movie in a (fictional) desert town of Grimley, NV . . . that's just stupid.

From there it's all a very predictable, barely average movie. The acting is adequate enough to match the unexciting plot, which isn't saying much, and there seems to be an awful lot of mumbling (or maybe just a bad mix-down).

Don't waste your time on it unless it's one of those times where you just watch whatever happens to be on HBO, it's late at night, and you don't mind falling asleep before the movie is over. . . .

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A simple plan 9 from out of law

5/10
Author: jean-no from Paris
10 August 2003

Two policemen discover men dead after a gunfight. There is money too. Lots of. And drug. What would you do, keep it, leave it ? The dead ones don't need money and they were drug dealers so would it be stealing ? Of course the two men steal the money, and hide it, and they swear they'll forget all about it for a while. Of course, there are some evidences, of course there is a federal agent who thinks that there is money missing... The situation will get worse and worse until the end. If you've seen "a simple plan", from Sam Raimi, you'll notice both movies have quite the same plot. Funny : both movies came out in 1998, it was in the air... But one of these two movies is very good, and it is not "route 9". Sorry for the work, for the actors - not bad actually - sorry every body, this movie is not a masterpiece. At all.

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