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Off Limits (1988)

McGriff and Albaby are probably doing the worst law enforcement job in the world - they are plain clothes U.S. military policemen on duty in war-time Saigon. However, their job becomes even... See full summary »

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Christopher Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Buck McGriff
Gregory Hines ... Albaby Perkins
Fred Ward ... Dix
Amanda Pays ... Nicole
Kay Tong Lim Kay Tong Lim ... Lime Green
Scott Glenn ... Colonel Dexter Armstrong
David Alan Grier ... Rogers
Keith David ... Maurice
Raymond O'Connor ... Elgin Flowers
Richard Brooks ... Preacher
Thuy An Luu ... Lanh (as Thuy Ann Luu)
Richard Lee Reed Richard Lee Reed ... Colonel Sparks
Woody Brown ... Co-Pilot
Ken Siu Ken Siu ... Plowboy
Viladda Vanadurongwan Viladda Vanadurongwan ... Sister Agnes
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Storyline

McGriff and Albaby are probably doing the worst law enforcement job in the world - they are plain clothes U.S. military policemen on duty in war-time Saigon. However, their job becomes even harder when they start investigating the serial killings of local prostitutes. Their prime suspect is high ranking U.S. Army officer which brings their lives in danger. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Being a cop is tough. But in Saigon, 1968, being a cop is crazy.

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Action | Thriller | War | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Saigon See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,242,035
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scott Glenn and Fred Ward appeared in The Right Stuff (1983). See more »

Goofs

In an early scene McGriff and Perkins are driving through what is supposed to be the bar district in Saigon, but the names of two famous bars from Patpong, Bangkok, Thailand are clearly visible, "Pussy Galore" and "King's Castle". See more »

Quotes

Dix: [confessing his crimes in third person] Dix had lead several succsessful missons and his general was ready to reward him... until he saw his tattoo... very working class... the general was so disgusted that he ensured Dix would never get his comisson. Of course he was married
[grunts]
Dix: ... whore... but he did love her... yes siree... killing her was the only way Dix could make the general feel like he did... for being cheated out of his comission. Their were others after her
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was intact the UK video was cut by 22 secs to edit shots of a man caressing a woman's breasts with a riding crop as she is tied to a bed. The cuts were waived for the 2007 DVD. See more »


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Dang Me
Written by Roger Miller
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A quasi-cult film for me...
26 December 2005 | by alexisdetroitSee all my reviews

Off limits became something of a quasi-cult film for me. I was in Vietnam with the Marines north and south of Danang in 1968 and once fantasized about hitching a ride down Highway 1 to see Saigon, no small feat as it is something like 580 road miles. But the highway was full of vehicles during the day and you could always catch a ride. I never did get Saigon during the war, but finally did with a group of war vets in 1994. One of my favorite quips in the movie is when Dafoe turns around and finds some South Viet QCs (MPs) coming toward him and says, "We've got mice." That's what we GIs called Viets wearing helmets with QC (Quan Canh) on them. I am now spending several months in Saigon on sort of a temporary assignment, i.e., staying with the in-laws of my Viet wife on a winter break. I would like to see Off Limits again just to critique the city backdrop it used and how realistic it was. I thought this movie could have become a TV mini series but realize it would have been more expensive than China Beach in coming up with SE Asian sets to shoot on. I give it a 7, perhaps too high of a rating, as it goes good on a rainy Saturday afternoon over drinks with friends, especially if they happen to be Vietnam vets.


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