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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Warner Brothers briefly considered re-titling the film "Quicksand". 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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Complicated but good southwest murder mystery
16 August 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

A New Mexico state sheriff assumes the identity of a dead man he finds in the desert and sets out to solve the crime all by himself. Willem Dafoe is the lawman who bites off more than he can chew and stumbles from one situation to another, all with bad guys and mysterious women who want the money he found in the desert with the man who was killed. The plot is not easy to follow and is populated with heavies and shadowy figures but somehow the film maintains interest throughout. The supporting cast is very good, with Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and M. Emmet Walsh heading the list, and Dafoe and Mastrantonio have a nice shower scene together. Senator Fred Dalton Thompson is also good in a brief appearance. Partick O'Hearn contributes a nice music score.


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