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F/X2 (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 10 May 1991 (USA)
A special effects man helps his girlfriend's ex, a cop, with a sting operation, where the ex gets killed. Something's off and he investigates with help from an ex-cop PI friend.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Robert T. Megginson (characters), Gregory Fleeman (characters) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Rollie Tyler
Brian Dennehy ... Leo McCarthy
Rachel Ticotin ... Kim Brandon
Joanna Gleason ... Liz Kennedy
Philip Bosco ... Ray Silak
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Matt Neely
Tom Mason ... Mike Brandon
Dominic Zamprogna ... Chris Brandon
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ... Velez
John Walsh ... Rado
Peter Boretski ... Carl Becker
Lisa Fallon Lisa Fallon ... Kylie
Lee Broker Lee Broker ... DeMarco
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Detective McQuay
Tony De Santis ... Detective Santoni (as Tony de Santis)
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Storyline

F/X man Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is now a toy maker. Mike Brandon (Tom Mason), the ex-husband of Rolly's girlfriend Kim(Rachel Ticotin), is a cop. He asks Rollie to help catch a killer. The operation goes well until some unknown man kills both the killer and Mike.Mike's boss, Ray Silak (Philip Bosco) says it was the killer who killed Mike but Rollie knows it wasn't. Silak is involved with Mike's death, so he calls on Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy), the cop from the last movie, who is now a P.I., for help and they discover it's not just Silak they have to worry about. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Outgunned by the mob, outmanned by the cops..... their effects had _better_ be special!

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FX2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,455,058, 12 May 1991

Gross USA:

$21,082,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,082,165
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the film was released, it came under fire in the media from effects artists who claimed it was giving away trade secrets. See more »

Goofs

When Silak is giving Rollie back his hidden camera, Silaks' response to Rollie saying its a transistor doesn't match. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wino in Movie: Wash your windows, lady?
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Crazy Credits

Shot of helicopter flying and exclamations of non-pilot crook trying to keep it in the air. See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene in which Tyler converts an aerosol can into a "grenade" was cut by the New Zealand censors on the grounds that it might inspire real-life incidents of "copycat" behaviour. See more »

Connections

Follows F/X (1986) See more »

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Some original moments but otherwise a run-of-the-mill action flick
7 January 2015 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The original F/X was a moderately successful movie. It certainly wasn't anything great but it did have unmistakable quirkiness in regards to how it approached the action genre. This sequel took five years to follow it, which does seem quite slow by the standards of the day. It teamed up the duo of Bryan Brown and Brian Dennehy again, the former playing the lead character, special effects artist Rollie Tyler.

The film opens once again with another amusing opening that turns out to be a film-within-a-film, featuring a transvestite alien lunatic. The story kicks into gear when Rollie's police detective friend is killed on a sting he was roped into. He has evidence of foul play though, so he joins forces with his private investigator buddy to get to the bottom of the conspiracy. Truthfully, the story is not very good and ultimately is only there to serve as a means to connect various action and jovial banter scenes together. In fairness, like the first movie, there are some entertainingly different action scenes to enjoy. Especially good was the robot clown fight, which was a refreshingly different way to approach an action movie punch up; also amusing was the shop sequence where the bad guy is finally dispatched when he has his head mechanically cellophaned like a supermarket chicken! But all-in-all, irrespective of these occasional original moments, F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion is nothing to get too excited about. It's a passably entertaining action flick and no more really.


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