When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter busts contract killer Jesse Weiland, he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South's most powerful crime ring. So when the ...
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When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter busts contract killer Jesse Weiland, he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South's most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter's death and Weiland's ID'd as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss who ordered Written by
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Catfish tells Jesse it's a great day "in Louisiana". No true Louisianan redneck would pronounce all the syllables but instead say "Luzzy-ana". See more »
The record player used by Bud to play albums is set to 45 rpm. LP albums are played at the 33 rpm speed on record players. See more »
South Louisiana in the 1980s was a different kind of time and place. Some called it lawless. But it wasn't. Others said we just got a certain way of doing things down here. But it ain't that either. Instead, I call it what it was. Hell with the lid off.
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Seriously .... has Dafoe ever given a bad performance?
... and the answer of course is no.
Since he first burst on scenes playing (not joking) Jesus, he has never been less than mesmerizing.
(And his work in Shadow of the Vampire, 2000, never got the acclaim it deserved).
I mention that because cops and robber movies have been around since the silent films but the performances of Dafoe playing against Dillon (never better here, strong physicality, amazing he never played bad guys before) is the heart and soul of this picture, and it keeps you glued to the screen.
Interesting that they used a near-A lister like Amy Smart merely as eye candy, with almost no dialogue. Not that she was less than fetching, but it was an odd bit of casting.
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