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The Killing Zone (1999)

The taut, suspenseful - and sometimes darkly comic - story of Matthew Palmer; underworld assassin and Michael Caine fan. Floating in and out of each slaying, Palmer is quick, efficient...... See full summary »

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Cast

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Julian Boote ...
Mr. Frazer
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Mr. Preston
Mark Bowden ...
Lance Nash
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Matthew Palmer (as Padraig Casey)
John Bardon ...
Man With Cigarette
Helen Rasmussen ...
Jane
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Ipcress Files Band Guitarist 1
Victoria Newlyn ...
Ipcress Files Band Guitarist 2
Paul Kerslake ...
Ipcress Files Band Drummer
Richard Bean ...
Iprcress Files Band Keyboard
Gavin Boyd ...
Beatnik Bar Rat
Richard Banks ...
Parry Fenton
Oliver Young ...
Lucas Finn
Giles Ward ...
Mr. 'Mad Dog' McCann
Roberto Gomez Martin ...
Crow
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The taut, suspenseful - and sometimes darkly comic - story of Matthew Palmer; underworld assassin and Michael Caine fan. Floating in and out of each slaying, Palmer is quick, efficient...observer and executioner only. He has just two jobs to complete before he retires, then reward and rest with Kerry, his girlfriend. Unfortunately for Palmer, both jobs dredge up past personal follies, exposing his previously traitor- ous acts against his employers, putting him on the run, pitting him against victim and fellow assassin alike, driving all involved with him toward a bloody climax. Written by Julian Boote <admin@seven12collective.co.uk>

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Three Days Two Friends One Target

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Thriller | Action

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September 2000 (USA)  »

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The movie is a homage to '60s British cinema, particularly Michael Caine movies of that period. The lead character of the assassin calls himself "Matthew Palmer", after Harry Palmer of The Ipcress File (1965), and his band is called "The Ipcress Files". The lead assassin who confronts Palmer at the film's climax is called "Mr Carter", in reference to Get Carter (1971). And in the interview bar scene between Palmer and Lance, a painting of Michael Caine is seen in the background. See more »

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Policewoman's Voice: Freeze!
Matthew Palmer: "Freeze"? This isn't America, you know.
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References Get Carter (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
Written by Ricky Roberts
Performed by "Heath"
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Impressive
23 August 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There have been a plethora of British gangster movies lately, mostly pretty awful, but this one is a pleasant surprise. Whilst highly derivative, of "Get Carter", "Pulp Fiction", "Reservoir Dogs" and a host of other titles, "The Killing Zone" is nevertheless executed with great panache. Made up of three inter-connected stories, the third one goes a little awry but still generates a good deal of tension. Fine music score by Guy Michelmore.


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