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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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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 <>

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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's parents can be seen as Brody (as Harry) walks away from Maura Tierney and the car crash. See more »


On the subway train the sound of the baby crying can be heard but the in the video the baby is clearly not crying. See more »


Harry: [after fed finishes long speech about lethal injection] That was a dumb monolouge.
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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 Shaij Ticotin & Premonanda Ram Johannes
Performed by Cross of Snow
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Great B Thriller
31 May 2003 | by (Newington, CT) – See all my reviews

Good performances, especially from Adrien Brody as a psychotic sadistic killer with a Houdini obsession and Maura Tierney as a cop, make this film stand out. The story is good, but would have suffered in the hands of a less competent director and cast. This is a movie that depends a lot on performance to deliver, and it does. Some of the supporting cast could have been played by better actors, but they are serviceable and are mostly meant to occasionally prod the story along another notch. On the whole, the cast stays out of the way of Brody and Tierney, who are the whole show. It's definitely worth seeing, and another one of those films that seemingly came out of nowhere, as I never heard of it before. I like solid B movies, and this stands out as one of the best. Its obscurity helps to conceal its surprises, and it helps to be surprised with this movie. I gave it an 8 out of 10.

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