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White Sands (1992)

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A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an F.B.I. investigation.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Daniel Pyne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Ray Dolezal
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Lane Bodine
Mickey Rourke ... Gorman Lennox
Samuel L. Jackson ... Greg Meeker (as Sam Jackson)
M. Emmet Walsh ... Bert Gibson
James Rebhorn ... Flynn
Maura Tierney ... Noreen
Beth Grant ... Roz
Alexander Nicksay Alexander Nicksay ... Ben
Fredrick Lopez Fredrick Lopez ... Delmar Blackwater
Miguel Sandoval ... Ruiz
John Lafayette ... Demott
Ken Thorley Ken Thorley ... Kleinman
Jack Kehler ... Casanov
Royce D. Applegate ... Peterson
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A small southwestern town Sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and five hundred thousand dollars. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an F.B.I. investigation. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The most dangerous way to solve a murder... Become the victim.


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Rated R for violence, language, and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arenas blancas See more »

Filming Locations:

Estancia, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,011,574
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Rourke attempted to quit smoking during filming, in preparation for his pro boxing career. By the end of the film, he gave in and resumed smoking, the same as his character, who resumes smoking to the surprise of Dafoe. See more »

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Lane Bodine: I've never met anyone like you... you're honest, even when you lie.
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Superb suspense film with one of the greatest actors alive
7 April 1999 | by MrPink-11See all my reviews

Mickey Rourke is truly one of America's finest actors. He has been dismissed because of his irrational behavior, however, that takes nothing away from his talent and penetrable screen prescene. White Sands has wonderful atmosphere, capturing the desert with splendid cinematograpy. Willem Dafoe makes for an excellent protagonist to journey with through the maze that is the plot. A bonus in watching White Sands now is the post-Jungle Fever but pre-Pulp Fiction Samuel L. Jackson. He makes for a slimy antagonist. All of this and M. Emmet Walsh, in an autopsy scene to die for, make for an enjoyable movie experience.


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