Oxygen (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 November 1999 (USA)
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A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini, who has kidnapped a rich woman and has buried ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeline Foster
Clark Hannon
Frances Hannon
Jackson Lantham
Madeline's Lover
Phil Kline
Slavko Stimac ...
Jerome Jerzy
Michael Henderson ...
Robert Shepard ...
Sal the Bartender
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Joe the Cop
Chris the Cop (as Christopher James Quinn)


A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini, who has kidnapped a rich woman and has buried her somewhere in Manhattan while demanding a ransom from her tycoon husband. Failure to pay the ransom within 24 hours will lead the kidnapper to abandoning the woman. Dylan Baker also appears as the fed that is assigned to the case. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dying to Escape  »

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Adrien Brody was asked to sign a document clearing director 'Richard Shepard' and producers from lawsuits if Brody's teeth were damaged from the braces he wore during filming. Brody refused to sign, claiming he didn't want to sue anyone, but if his teeth were ruined during filming, he would have to sue. See more »


When Det. Foster interrogates Harry at the parlor's room, the cigarette pack and the ashtray over the table appears closer/far and disappears many times. See more »


Harry: We could put a little show on for the feds. Right here on the table. I got cigarettes.
Madeline Foster: F*ck you.
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Filmed between torrential rainstorms on location in New York City See more »


References The French Connection (1971) See more »


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Written by Fred Wilhelm
Performed by Fred Wilhelm
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A solid thriller
11 March 2004 | by (Lincoln England) – See all my reviews

More articulate people than myself have said it all; but I'll have a go anyway :) Oxygen is a tightly paced and utterly watchable thriller about a female detective (Maura Tierney) on the trail of a psychopathic kidnapper (Adrian Brody) and his buried-alive victim, while fighting demons of her own. The 2 leads are both astonishing. Maura Tierney is SO beautiful and SO talented it's almost indecent :) She has such a thoughtful / intelligent face and completely captivated me with her role in Liar Liar. She's just as good in this movie too. Bruce Almighty might have been half decent if MS Tierney had played the role Jennifer Aniston so completely messed up!! Adrien Brody is another fantastically talented actor yet to get the 'star' status he deserves. He was brilliant in The Pianist and he's brilliant here too. His character was very very scarey. So. Well worth watching.

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