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  (in credits order)

Scott Wiper ... Boomer

Jack Conley ... Fletcher

Carmen Argenziano ... Carlos
Richard Haje ... The Mute

Mo Gallini ... Laslov (as Matt Gallini)

Rolando Molina ... Chach
Kirk McKinney ... Spaz

Jefferson Moore ... Harrison James

Wayne Duvall ... Rifkin

Mirjana Jokovic ... Salvi

Conner Greene ... Salvi's Son

Lou Diamond Phillips ... William Dexter

Benjamin John Parrillo ... Cooper
London King ... Cheryl
Jon Farris ... Fagan (as John Farris)
John Robert Thompson ... Bureau Director
Jim Conrad ... Miles

Natasha Henstridge ... Kelly

Joe Pantoliano ... Flash

Andre Braugher ... Cleveland
B'nard Lewis ... Sweet Lou
Zachary Mott ... Tex

Rick Hoffman ... Regis
Bernard Canepari ... Sheriff

Daniel Buran ... Grocery Store Clerk (as Dan Buran)
Dick Hagerman ... Deputy Ray
Morgan Lund ... Fisherman
John Basinger ... Sexton
Jeanine Basinger ... Sexton's Wife
Joe Romeo ... Elevator Henchman
Gary Demastry ... Sheriff's Deputy (as Sheriff Gary Demastry)
David Peck ... Sheriff's Deputy (as Lieutenant David Peck)
Andy Robberts ... Sheriff's Deputy (as Detective Andy Robberts)
Jeff Dixon ... Sheriff's Deputy (as Deputy Jeff Dixon)
Brett Blake ... Sheriff's Deputy (as Deputy Brett Blake)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Crawford ... FBI Agent
Todd Emmett ... Henchman (uncredited)

Richard Fike ... Thug #2 (uncredited)
John Kloock ... Henchman (uncredited)
Robert E. Rager ... Guy walking down street on sidewalk (uncredited)

Tony Sagastizado I ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Wiper 
Writing credits
Scott Wiper (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... executive producer (as Chris Ball)
Jim Bigham .... line producer
Bradley Fuller .... producer
Russell Gray .... producer
Linda Hawkins .... executive producer
Nancy Lanham .... associate producer
Vincent Newman .... executive producer (as Vincent G. Newman)
Benjamin John Parrillo .... associate producer
Graham Taylor .... producer
Tucker Tooley .... executive producer
William Tyrer .... executive producer
Original Music by
John M. Keane 
Cinematography by
Lawrence Sher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James E. Tooley  (as James Tooley)
Casting by
Russell Gray 
Production Design by
Sarah Alcorn  (as Sarah B. Alcorn)
Ren Blanco 
Set Decoration by
David Dreyer 
Costume Design by
Martina Neverman 
Emmy Taylor 
Makeup Department
Andrea Checroun .... special makeup effects artist
Ann Davis .... key makeup artist
Cory Henderson .... hair stylist
Keleigh Lippert .... key hair stylist
T.C. Thecla Luisi .... key makeup artist
T.C. Thecla Luisi .... key special makeup effects
Heather Odenweller .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Jim Bigham .... production manager
Eric Davies .... production supervisor
Daryl De Quetteville .... post-production supervisor
Karri O'Reilly .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brady Calestro .... second second assistant director
Eric Davies .... first assistant director
Marco Fargnoli .... second unit director
Eric Gordon .... second second assistant director
Luke Scully .... first assistant director
Caroline Stephenson .... second assistant director
Larry Zience .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Kais Alkuraishi .... swing gang
Timothy Lovell .... lead scenic
Ron Riddle .... construction foreman
Dylan Skrede .... assistant props
Tim Stanton .... lead carpenter
Randy Swiggum .... property master
Michael Waites .... carpenter
Samuel Weaver .... on-set dresser
Thomas Richner .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug Andham .... predub sound mixer (as Doug Andorka)
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Richard Corwin .... dialogue supervisor
Mark Ferrell .... boom operator
Sandy Gendler .... supervising sound editor
Lisa Hannan .... sound effects editor
Bob Harmon .... sound re-recording mixer
Maui Holcomb .... assistant dialogue editor
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
Alan Kerr .... foley artist
Geoff Maxwell .... sound mixer
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... co-supervising sound editor
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound designer
Jesse Pomeroy .... dialogue editor
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Reuben Simon .... foley supervisor
George E. Simpson Jr. .... boom operator (as George Simpson)
Paul Stanley .... post sound coordinator
Scott Turner .... post sound coordinator
Mark Weber .... sound mixer
Lance Wiseman .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Bob Chastain .... special effects technician
Robert Garrigus .... special effects technician
Richard Huggins .... special effects coordinator (as Richard C. Huggins)
John D. Jay .... special effects assistant (as John Jay)
Dean W. Miller .... special effects technician (as Dean Miller)
Chris Carlson .... stunts
Dan Clark .... stunts
Tom Dziak .... stunts
Todd Emmett .... stunts
Richard Fike .... fight choreographer
Richard Fike .... stunt coordinator
Richard Fike .... stunt double: - joe pantoliano
Richard Fike .... stunt driver
Rashad Hagler .... stunts
John Kloock .... stunts
Ron Parobek .... stunts
Tom Quinn .... stunt performer
Tom Quinn .... stunts
Ron Russo .... stunts
Robert Skidmore .... stunts
Toby Smith .... stunts
Dan Sprague .... stunts (as Danny Sprague)
Randy Stidham .... stunts
John Sundquist .... stunt double: Scott Wiper
Frank Wagoner .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Anguilar .... key grip
Joe Cassano .... electrician
Joe Cassano .... swing grip
Rich Cefalo .... grip
Kelly Cummins .... assistant camera
Kevin Demorest .... dolly grip
Alfredo Denila .... best boy grip (as Alfredo S. Denila III)
Julie Donovan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Marco Fargnoli .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bryan G. Haigh .... second assistant camera
Sharon Hardie .... still photographer
Joe Hollow .... video assist operator
David Irwin .... gaffer
Seth Kotok .... first assistant camera
Seth Kotok .... first assistant camera: second unit
John Mays .... third electrician
Justin Portwood .... key grip
Joe Romeo .... best boy electric
Wayne E. Smith .... company grip (as Wayne Smith)
Robert Stillman .... grip
Dave Suskind .... still photographer
Jason Wawro .... first assistant camera
Adam N. White .... swing grip
Casting Department
Matt Downey .... extras casting
Charles W. Hupp .... extras casting assistant
Lynn Myers .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sherry Clark .... wardrobe assistant
Donnie McFinely .... wardrobe supervisor (as Donnie McFinley)
Joyce Merriless .... costume constructor
Mary Ellen Metzger .... assistant costume designer
Sarah Rachelle .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Saul Escobedo .... color timer
Eric Jonak .... post-production assistant
Michael K. Reynolds .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
David Klotz .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
John Cesari .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kate Amer .... production coordinator
Joseph Bargdill .... production assistant
Ben Bisso .... stand-in: Mr. Phillips
Matt Bloomquist .... office intern
Linda Brattain .... production accountant
Brady Calestro .... location assistant
Kevin Carr .... production assistant
Tom Donaldson .... stand-in: Joe Pantoliano
Marisa Dovidio .... script supervisor
Marcus Dreeke .... production assistant
Dan Duran .... assistant location manager
Dan Duran .... assistant location manager
Mark Easter .... stand-in: Mr. Wiper
Belinda Ellis .... post-production accountant
Valiera Feldman .... production assistant
Dave Ford .... production assistant
Tamara J. Frank .... office production assistant
Alison Frost .... set production assistant
Dwayne Harrison .... stand-in: Mr. Braugher
Maryam Henein .... stand-in: Ms. Jokovic (as Miryam Henein)
Charlie Kupp .... office intern
Kelly O'Bier .... accounting assistant
Jen O'Neal .... set production assistant
Kristy Osborn .... assistant production coordinator
Benjamin John Parrillo .... location manager
Brian Redban .... production assistant (as Brian Reichle)
Nat Reeb .... production assistant
Tom Self .... production assistant
Melanie Smith .... production assistant
Trevor Smith .... production assistant
Cheryl Starbuck .... script supervisor
Patrick Sweeney .... craft service
Samuel Weaver .... location manager
Lindsay Wittenberg .... production assistant

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Rated R for strong violence throughout, language and some sexuality
Argentina:96 min | Australia:97 min | USA:101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

"Middletown" is is actually Newark, Oh. About 5 miles away from Granville, Oh where director/actor Scott Wiper graduated high school.See more »
[last lines]
William Dexter:You'll be on the run forever. Is that really how you want to live?
Boomer:I can't think of a better way
[pulls the trigger]
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Authentic action thriller, 5 April 2002
Author: Mason-24 from London

I was pleasantly surprised with this flick, as it looked like a typical and un-original action film whereas it turned out to be fairly original and extremely entertaining. The central character is called "Boomer" and is played by Scott Wiper who is a very talented actor, director and writer and it seemed as though he put a lot of thought and effort into this movie, which really pays off. The opening scene is one of the best i've seen for a long time and is obviously influenced by the 'Quentin Tarantino' style of writing and film-making...which of course is a good thing. I was also surprised at the strength of the cast, which includes such hollywood names as Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Natasha Henstridge and Andre Braugher.

The highlight of this film has to be Andre Braugher's character 'Cleveland'. Cleveland is a fairly complex character and quite humerous, he's an assassin with a good heart and really makes the film much more entertaining (as do most of the characters). However, I was quite disappointed with some of this film as the big names such as Natasha Henstridge and Joe Pantoliano hardly get any screen time and I was very disappointed as I thought these actors/actresses would be significant characters, which they weren't. All in all 'A Better Way To Die" is an extremely entertaining action flick which takes you on a roller-coaster ride of action and surprises.

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