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For Hire (1998)

Chicago cabbie Mitch Lawrence is a man whose dreams are starting to fade. His only shining light is his loving and pregnant wife. When one of his clients, author Lou Webber offers him money... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Pellerin

Writers:

Karen Erbach (story), Leah Kerr (as Leah M. Kerr)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Mitch Lawrence
Joe Mantegna ... Alan Webber
Bronwen Booth ... Faye Lawrence
Charles Edwin Powell ... Joe Watson (as Charles Powell)
Steve Adams ... Tom Kellman
Jack Langedijk ... Vic Mann
Marie-Josée Longchamps ... Snobbish Saleslady
Jean-Louis Roux ... Professor Gerald Lambert
John Dunn-Hill ... Larry Sharp
Carl Alacchi ... Cabbie #1
Robert Ozores Robert Ozores ... Cabbie #2 (as Roberto Ozores)
HoJo Rose ... Richard, Faye's Boss (as Howard Rosenstein)
Neil Kroetsch ... Dr. Shepherd
Ralph Allison Ralph Allison ... The Good Doctor
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Dr. Peterson's Receptionist
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Storyline

Chicago cabbie Mitch Lawrence is a man whose dreams are starting to fade. His only shining light is his loving and pregnant wife. When one of his clients, author Lou Webber offers him money to eliminate a drug dealer who is stalking him, Mitch refuses. Days later, Mitch is diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer. He reconsiders Lou's offer, and for the sake of his wife and baby, eliminates the threat. But after that night, everything changes, Mitch's stomach pains disappear. The Drug dealer suddenly resurfaces in a crowd. Then events conspire to drag Mitch deeper into a game that proves that at the right price any man is for hire. Written by Emerald

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Taglines:

First... The Set Up - Next... The Frame Up - Now... The Cover-Up! See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Production Dog: Shakespeare See more »

Connections

References Lost in Space (1965) See more »

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Terrible
19 September 2011 | by roammdSee all my reviews

Nothing redeeming about this movie.

The "twist" is obvious from the first 5 minutes and it's been done better hundreds of times. A man of means somehow needs a loser to do his dirty work, or does he?? The plot is so thin and the production values so low it could pass for an '80's made for TV movie.

The main character is unlikeable and there is no tenderness between him and his pregnant girlfriend--the supposed pathos driving his motivation.

Too slow, poorly filmed, unhumorous, shallow characters, poor performances.

Watch Fletch (yes, again) or Strangers on a Train instead.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato por engaño See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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