Chill Factor (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  1 September 1999 (USA)
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A new biological chemical weapon that explodes up to temperatures over fifty degrees Fahrenheit, falls into the hands of two men who try to make sure that it doesn't get stolen by a terrorist.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Richard Long
Colonel Leo Vitelli
Jordan Mott ...
Burke (as Dwayne Macopson)
Deputy Pappas
Richard Todd Aguayo ...
K. Addison Young ...
Ranger at Dam
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A scientist develops a biological lethal weapon and accidentally kills eighteen soldiers in an island during the tests. Colonel Andrew Brynner is the commander and becomes the scapegoat of the incident. He is sentenced to go to the prison for ten years. Along this period, he becomes unbalanced and decides to get the bomb to sell to terrorists. He commands a group of mercenaries to steal the bomb from the base where Dr. Richard Long is researching. He shots the scientist but he flees with the weapon to the convenience store where the clerk Tim Mason and an ice-cream trucker driver Arlo are negotiating ice-creams. Mason receive this weapon from the injured Dr. Richard Long, with an advice to keep it below 50 F. they try to reach a military fort and try to escape from the colonel's team that is hunting them down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carga mortal  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,810,531 (USA) (3 September 1999)


£41,517 (UK) (23 June 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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The exterior diner scenes were filmed in the small town of Liberty, South Carolina. In real life, the diner is actually a wood shop and the $15/night hotel is actually a coin-operated washette. See more »


There is a sign that says US Route 40. That highway doesn't exist in Montana. See more »


Arlo: You just hijacked me with an unloaded gun?
Tim Mason: Yeah.
Arlo: When this is all over, remind me to kick your ass!
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Spoofs Speed (1994) See more »

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Utter nonsense but at least it was enjoyable to watch
28 August 2006 | by (Wishaw, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This film was complete trash, but in a good way. I've always looked upon Cuba Gooding Jnr as a semi decent actor but if this is the kind of film he is going to be starring in, then I can see him descending the same way as Charlie Sheen.

You can see from the outset that the makers tried to make one of those high octane action thrillers, which are ten-a-penny these days. But when you've got a budget that would struggle to finance an episode of quantum leap, then maybe making a film of this kind wasn't such a good idea.

They make use of computer graphics in a lot of the action scenes which, to be honest, doesn't look the worst I have ever seen, but still prompts you to snicker at how bad it is. The most ridiculous of which occurs at the end of the movie, when a chemical weapon which we have been told has the power to blow up basically a quarter of America, detonates in a tunnel.

At this point we are subjected to rotten computer graphics which are so bad that I instantly had flashbacks of Dean Stockwell and the film-making atrocity that was the Langoliers.

But the story is complete nonsense, so even with a budget the size of Lord of the Rings, there would be no way of making the whole thing believable anyway. So you can perhaps see where the producer was coming from i.e. lets make a cheap action thriller and we'll plaster Cuba Gooding's face over the front cover and we'll maybe make some money.

It would've have been better if Eric Roberts had been given the leading role.

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