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.

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Roger Donaldson

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Daniel Pyne
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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 ... Delmar Blackwater
Miguel Sandoval ... Ruiz
John Lafayette ... Demott
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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Ray Dolezal is a small-town lawman up against big-time corruption...all in the name of a dead man. Then again, Ray's always been the never-say-die type. See more »


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

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Willem Dafoe and Miguel Sandoval later appeared in Clear and Present Danger (1994). See more »

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The tree branch Ray uses to beat up the FBI agent is clearly made of rubber. See more »

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Gorman Lennox: [ending a business discussion] Foreplay's over, Lane. It's time to fuck.
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The Good And Bad Of White Sands
7 January 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here is another modern-day film-noir, featuring interesting characters played by a diverse cast. That cast is led by Willem Dafoe, who reminds me a lot of another noir actor, Dan Duryea.

There is the usual corrupt government/military officials angle but the plot does have a few neat twists and is generally a non-nonsense kind of story. However, I did find the storyline a bit confusing, especially in the last half hour. On a second viewing, five years later, a few things cleared up but not a lot. I guess it will take looks to figure out everything, especially the very end.

I'm not usually a fan of Elizabeth Mastrantonio, but I thought she was exceptional in here: by far, the best and most interesting character. The movie has a nice soundtrack. Overall, the good outweighs the bad and the somewhat confusing story helps draw me back for future viewings.

Aside notes: this must have been one of Samuel L. Jackson's first films because he was listed as "Sam Jackson" in the closing credits. Unbilled were three always-interesting actors: Fred Thompson, Mimi Rogers and Jack P. Ryan.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Sands See more »

Filming Locations:

Estancia, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,151,629, 26 April 1992

Gross USA:

$9,011,574

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,011,574
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Dolby Stereo

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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