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A Line in the Sand (2008)

A human story unfolds when detectives aggravated by a major bust gone wrong are forced to deal with a tormented man thrown into the cage after urinating on the Mayor's limo. The explosive ... See full summary »

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Owen
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Martel
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Captain McClenon
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Ann Marie
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Sammy
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The Mayor
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Gilly
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Robin
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Dicksoft
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Karla
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A human story unfolds when detectives aggravated by a major bust gone wrong are forced to deal with a tormented man thrown into the cage after urinating on the Mayor's limo. The explosive combination of character and situation balances intense drama with laugh out loud comedy. Written by Mark Nassar

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The Mayor's Limo  »

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Based on the Off-Off Broadway play 'The Mayor's Limo'. The play was created by Mark Nassar, and he also played the role of Banzai during its New York and Los Angeles runs. Mark Nassar also wrote the screenplay for the film and played the role of Scalise. See more »

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Great performances in this gritty cop drama with sprinkle of dark humor
1 October 2013 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Halfway through this film, I found myself thinking, "This is like watching a really good play!" (in all the best ways); I researched and realized that yes, the film is based on a theatrical performance called "The Mayor's Limo."

It shows in the performances -- this is a well-acted, well-told drama that takes place one night at the precinct after a homeless man, Banzai, urinates on the Mayor's limo and gets himself locked up for the night. The cops on duty are surly and all- business at first, but as they work to unpack Banzai's backstory, a nuanced tale unfolds - complicated by sudden interest from a nosy reporter and Banzai's unspoken leadership with the local homeless population.

Homelessness and mental illness are treated with a deft touch here, as we begin to uncover Banzai's backstory and figure out who he really is; the human side of police work, when explored sensitively, makes for rich and mineable territory in this genre and A Line in the Sand does not disappoint. A gently used but enjoyably dark sense of humor lend a subtle charm to the story and it's definitely carried by solid performances from some stellar actors.


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