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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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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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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 »

Quotes

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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Lullaby
Written by Ricky Roberts
Performed by "Heath"
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A short review of THE KILLING ZONE
18 September 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

If you thought 'Lock, Stock' shot itself in the foot and 'Snatch' sucked the big one, then this is the British crime thriller you should really be shelling out your five bucks for.

'The Killing Zone' is the perfect example of how a no-budget indie crime anthology should be made. It's tight, lean and the final 'third' of the trilogy is a cracker. OK, it's a slow burn for the first ten or fifteen minutes, but well worth sticking with it to get clued in on the main characters involved.

All the principal acting performances are spot on - well-rounded characters and some excellent 'film' style dialogue, which makes a pleasant and unexpected change from the usual turgid TV/theatre speak that so often pops up in British films. Melissa Simonetti and Mark Bowden stand out for special praise in this respect.

I gather this cult classic-in-the-making will be hitting the video shelves in the US at the end of Spetember. Do yourselves a favour and head for your nearest video store pronto.

Believe the hype. You won't regret it.

WHY HASN'T THIS FILM BEEN GIVEN A THEATRICAL RELEASE?!


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