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In a smoke-filled dive in Buffalo, NY, David Marx tells us his tale of obsession, betrayal, and murder - leading him to an uncertain fate "underneath Niagara Falls." David tells us how his ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
David Marx
Jennifer Barnes
Robin Stevens
Ken Dapper ...
Detective Allen Crane
Detective Kevin O'Keefe
Scott Pierson
David Kampman ...
Ethan Barnes
Daniel Munro
Evelyn Gilvray
Nelson Starr ...
Marcia Wade ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Crossan ...
Barnes' Bodyguard "Nick"
Paul DeNigris ...
Barnes Mansion forensics officer


In a smoke-filled dive in Buffalo, NY, David Marx tells us his tale of obsession, betrayal, and murder - leading him to an uncertain fate "underneath Niagara Falls." David tells us how his beautiful redheaded ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Barnes, has disappeared and how he ended up the guardian of the 2.5 million dollars that "was supposed to have bought Jen's safety." Three nights ago, David finds police detectives Crane and O'Keefe trashing his apartment. Taking him to Police Headquarters, they interrogate David about Jennifer's disappearance, and Crane - in the name of Jen's father, the rich and powerful Ethan Barnes - brutalizes poor David in hopes of getting a confession out of him. When falsely accused, what's a film noir hero to do but search for the truth himself? Written by Paul DeNigris

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Obsession kills.


Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality


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29 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Falls  »

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$75,000 (estimated)

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The movie contains over 225 visual effects shots, including digital makeup, set extensions, sky replacement, and digital gunshot effects. See more »


Detective Allen Crane: This ain't America, you little shit. This is Buffalo. I'm the big dog around here, and I CAN piss all over your rights. I can put you in the ground if I want to.
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Low budget, bad acting, cliché after cliché of many worn out plots
15 March 2005 | by (The Florida Keys) – See all my reviews

I'm only going to write more because it's required. However, the summary I put at the top is way too wordy for what this film was. You pretty much know who's in on it from the beginning. In spite of its attempts at plot twists and turns -acting 'talent' trying hard to have looks of shock and dismay when a twist happens-, you never really need to wonder 'whodunit' in this 'mystery'.

The more I write, the more I feel bad that I have to write so much in order to have a comment, but rules are rules. I really feel bad about saying this, but this is the lowest I've ever rated a movie... I think. It makes me wonder what I'm saving votes of 1 and 2 for. However, I thought this film deserved a 3, since I believe there was some talent in the film. Johanna Watts (or is it Watson) did a pretty good job. She was crying and distraught in one part and I thought she conveyed that emotion well. The man who played the character that was 'the drummer' did well, too, for his short part.

Many of the actors did an 'ok' job. But the lead actor, David -forget his last name (terrible with names)- was pretty bad. I think he must have thought he was doing dramatic displays for 'The Young and the Restless' or 'Days of Our Lives'. If you try, you can just picture him in a white lab coat, playing a doctor with multiple personalities on 'General Hospital'. It doesn't help that the movie is even shot like a daytime soap. Although, I'm pretty sure I could shoot this same movie with a camcorder; though without the obvious and soap'ish sound editing.

First time I ever thought the money to rent this movie was wasted. Though, I wouldn't watch it again, unless I was paid a large sum of money.

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