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F/X (1986)

A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roland 'Rollie' Tyler
... Lt. Leo McCarthy
... Ellen Keith
... Martin Lipton
... Col. Mason
... Nicholas DeFranco
... Mickey
... Andy
... Capt. Jake Wallenger
... Lt. Murdoch
... Varrick
... Gallagher
Jossie DeGuzman ... Marisa Velez (as Jossie deGuzman)
Jean De Baer ... Whitemore
M'el Dowd ... Joyce Lehman (Miss Lehman) (as M'eL Dowd)
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Storyline

A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double crosses him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents. Written by Rob Hartill

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Murder by Illusion See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

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Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

F/X - Murder by Illusion  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,240,695, 9 February 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,603,715
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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mason Adams has the same first name as the last name of the character he plays: Col. Mason. There is also an actor named Tom Mason in the second film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 20 mins) Tyler's camera changes from a Nikon FM (silver) to a Nikon F2A (black) and back again while shooting photos of Defranco. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The director: Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut! Great. Great. Great. We got it. Great. You ladies alright? What about you? You okay?
Rollie Tyler: Ellen, come on out of there.
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Crazy Credits

Just at the start of the end credits, the camera flashes briefly through out-take type shots of the eight principal players (Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Martha Gehman, and Joe Grifasi). Each actor smiles out-of-character at the camera as though in appreciation to the audience of their performances. See more »


Soundtracks

JUST AN ILLUSION
Performed by Imagination
Courtesy of Red Bus Records
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A slick film
8 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

"F/X" beats most Hollywood action films. It stands out with a slick basic idea developed to a proper script that offers twists and surprises all the way to the end, but luckily not as much as "Mission: Impossible" did.

Bryan Brown is just the right man for the part of Rollie. He and Brian Dennehy make a great pair, although they don't appear together until the end of the film.

Refreshingly original and highly recommendable.


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