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The Killing Zone (1999)

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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...... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Frazer
Mr. Preston
Mark Bowden ...
Lance Nash
Padraig O'Loinsigh ...
Matthew Palmer (as Padraig Casey)
John Bardon ...
Man With Cigarette
Helen Rasmussen ...
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 ...


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, 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 <>

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The cigarette-lighting cameo appearance of John Bardon was entirely improvised and unplanned. Not enough extras had arrived for the bar scenes, and Assistant Director Allegra Monico was sent out onto the streets outside the location to scout for willing volunteers to be extras. She spotted John Bardon walking past, recognized him, and asked him if he'd like to appear in the scene. His appearance consequently helped introduce the "dodgy cigarette-lighter" gag. See more »


Lance Nash: No, I didn't say he was a hit man, I said he was an assassin. There is a difference, you know. A hit man kills people, anyone, for a price. An assassin murders important figures, politicians, monarchs.
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11 February 2001 | by (Staffs, England) – See all my reviews

I've not seen Lock Stock or Snatch but I loved this! The main thing I love about it is that it isn't another 'British' British film, like brassed off and such it's cool stylistic, got a nice talky script and plenty of action and violence. I liked the first act because it was very cool in the way it's set up and the ending. The second part was also cool with the female assassin shooting around breaking necks and such, and all the time Palmer walking about doing his job being cool. The third act was also really cool and there we come to the end. If you don't like people getting shot all the time with blood spurting out, then maybe this tale of an assassin isn't for you but everyone else it's great and I'd recommend it. Also another good thing, the UK DVD, I've been buying these 2 for £10 DVDs and so far they are all bad transfers of films with little or no extras and bad presentation. The DVD for this movie on the other hand was quite good, very good for £5. With a pretty good wide-screen transfer, plenty of chapter stops accessable via an animated selection screen, 'The Making of The Killing Zone' 30 minute documentary & the theatrical trailer where can you go wrong with your fiver!

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