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Oxygen (1999)

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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:
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Det. Madeline Foster
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Harry
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Clark Hannon
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Frances Hannon
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Capt. Tim Foster
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Det. Jesse
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FBI Agent Jackson Lantham
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Madeline's Lover
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FBI Agent Phil Kline
Slavko Stimac ...
Det. Jerome Jerzy
Michael Henderson ...
Greg 'Handsome' Evans
Robert Shepard ...
Sal the Bartender
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Scary Guy
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Joe the Cop
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Chris the Cop (as Christopher James Quinn)
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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 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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12 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Dying to Escape  »

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Adrien Brody uses a knife at the end of the movie to cut Maura Tierney's character free from her restraints. This knife actually belongs to Adrien and has made its way into Summer of Sam (1999) as well. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Det. Foster are about to drive out of the tunnel two people can be seen in the crosswalk as well as a mail truck pulling into the street. In the next shot both the people and the truck are gone. See more »

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Harry: Madeline...
Madeline Foster: Yes?
Harry: You're... You're free now.
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Filmed between torrential rainstorms on location in New York City See more »

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References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Excellent, intelligent film
29 August 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

In OXYGEN, Richard Shepard has refined his approach to character-driven crime thrillers first seen in his previous, also excellent film, MERCY. Armed with experience and a bigger budget, Shepard has wrested outstanding performances from Maura Tierney and Adrien Brody, in their best work to date. Both characters are quite believable, and their defects are gently extracted and displayed by the subtle script. There are no stereotypes or one-dimensional characters in the whole film.

This is not to say that this is some esoteric, art-house movie, suitable only for clove-smoking turtleneck-wearers. The action scenes are well-executed and edited. Camera work is very nice; the long Steadicam shot in the train is especially memorable. Tension holds on throughout, and even the asides (such as an FBI agent's humorous soliloquy about the death penalty) integrate well and don't distract.

I sure would like to see what Richard Shepard could do if given some Really Big Bucks.


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