Panic (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  26 April 2001 (Singapore)
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Alex, a hit man, tries to get out of the family business, but his father won't let him do so. While seeking the help of a therapist, he meets a sexually charged 23-year-old woman with whom he falls in love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Josh Parks
Sarah Cassidy
Dr. Leavitt
Bix Barnaba ...
Thomas Curtis ...
Candice (as Andrea Taylor)
Steven Moreno ...
Sean (as Steve Moreno)
Erica Ortega ...


Alex, a sad-eyed mournful man, goes into psychotherapy: he discloses he's a hit man. He also tells the doctor, after a few sessions, that he's attracted to a young woman he's met in the waiting room. She's Sarah, 23, quick, edgy, and perhaps attracted to him as well. But he's married, the dutiful father of a young precocious boy, so Sarah brushes him off. In flashbacks we see him get his start as a killer, at his father's prompting: it's the family business. Dad gives Alex his next assignment: to kill the therapist. Alex keeps returning to Sarah, calling her, stopping by her apartment, as he decides what to do about the hit, his father, his marriage, and his malaise. Written by <>

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A Story of Family, Lust, Murder ...and Other Midlife Crises


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and elements of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 2001 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Pánico  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Was a feature film for HBO before hitting the big screens. See more »


Michael: Every man has a destiny, Alex. Life is not... random. The trick is discovering your destiny, knowing it. Once you do that, everything else comes easy... just flows.
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References Running Scared (1986) See more »


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Written by Lois Maffeo, Steve Clark, John Clark and Amanda MacKinnon (as Amanda Mackinnon)
Published by Universal-Polygram International Publishing and Honey Meenie Music
Administired by Bug
Courtesy of Grand Royal/Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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27 June 2002 | by (california) – See all my reviews

A brilliant movie about family, guilt, sacrifice, betrayal, and love. Macy is such a great actor. It was almost a shame to see him in the same scenes with Campbell, who looks the part of a neurotic sex object but doesn't have the chops to work with him on the level the script called for. But he's such a good actor that he played down to her level to make the scenes work. I highly applaud the casting of Tracey Ullman as the neglected wife. Who knew? Sutherland is also very good. The way he moves makes his character look taller (and even younger in some scenes). Almost everyone knew what they were doing.

Macy's portrayal of the only situation in which his character is not able to be careful is nothing short of complete mastery.

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