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A Miami hotel owner finds danger when he becomes romantically involved with the wife of a deposed general from the Dominican Republic where he fought many years back.

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Abel Ferrara

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Elmore Leonard (novel), James Borrelli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... George Moran
Kelly McGillis ... Mary DeBoya
Charles Durning ... Jiggs Scully
Frederic Forrest ... Nolen Tyner
Tomas Milian ... Andres DeBoya
Juan Fernández ... Rafi
Kelly Jo Minter ... Loret
Phil Leeds ... Jerry Shea
Tony Bolano Tony Bolano ... Corky
Adrianne Sachs Adrianne Sachs ... Anita DeBoya
Roberto Escobar ... Mario Prado (as Robert Escobar)
Millie Ruperto ... Luci Palma (as Maria M. Ruperto)
Vivian Addison Vivian Addison ... Maid Lula
Brooke Becker Brooke Becker ... Philly
Fara Schiller Fara Schiller ... Marilyn
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Storyline

An American veteran (Weller) of the Dominican Republic intervention (LBJ era) is running a hotel in Miami, and is trying to put the memories of the intervention behind him. He gets involved with a former Dominican Republic general's wife (McGillis). He then gets duped through a series of intricate plot twists into helping a group of people trying to rip the general off. Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Passion. Greed. Murder. Tonight they pay. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Caça Grossa See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Peter Weller and Kelly McGillis did not get along during the filming of the movie, although in later interviews the crew was never able to comprehend what drove such animosity. The final straw was on the last day of shooting when Weller and McGillis were shooting a sex scene. Weller made a disparaging comment towards McGillis during filming. McGillis, who was the subject of frequent taunting by other members of the crew during filming, stormed off the set after filming wrapped and came back with her head completely bald, and vowing never to return for retakes. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 27 secs with heavy edits to the scene where Mary is forced to strip at gunpoint and the gun inserted into her mouth and sexual regions. The 2004 DVD release restores the BBFC cuts though the print used is still the edited U.S R-rated version. See more »

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Leonard's Cat Chaser
26 November 2012 | by wsegenSee all my reviews

Of all the Leonard stories put to film, this to me is the best. The voice-over along with the visuals carry the book's feel, both plot and dialogue. Peter Weller has a subtleness that breaks through his seeming deadpan, and Charles Durning couldn't be better at ambiguity. Kelly McGillis is more than a pretty and sexy figure. All the characters are mixtures of good and not so good, and as typical Leonard characters they work out the balances of their desires.

The direction is great. It keeps you moving, wondering, and figuring out the mystery. The story has several components that mix well as they are revealed. And there is the basis of reality to this film. It helps to recall the invasion of the Dominican Republic and the practices of torture attributed to the head of police at the time.

One of this films wonderful attributes is the score by jazz pianist/composer Chick Corea. It surprises me that no one has mentioned it.

And lastly, let me say that the film is exciting. Viewing after viewing it holds up well.


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