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Boiling Point (1993)

A pair of sociopath killers take on the police and the mob in order to make one last big score.

Director:

James B. Harris

Writers:

Gerald Petievich (novel), James B. Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Jimmy Mercer
Dennis Hopper ... Rudolph 'Red' Diamond
Lolita Davidovich ... Vikki Dunbar
Viggo Mortensen ... Ronnie
Seymour Cassel ... Virgil Leach
Jonathan Banks ... Max Waxman
Christine Elise ... Carol
Tony Lo Bianco ... Tony Dio
Valerie Perrine ... Mona
James Tolkan ... Levitt
Paul Gleason ... Transaction Man
Lorraine Evanoff ... Connie
Stephanie Williams Stephanie Williams ... Sally Mercer (as Stephanie E. Williams)
Tobin Bell ... Roth
Bobby Hosea ... Steve
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Storyline

Red is an aging scam-artist who's just been released from prison together with Ronnie, a young and not-so-bright hoodlum who is easily manipulated. Their new business is to organize fake-money sales and then kill the buyer to take his money; but when Ronnie kills an undercover secret service agent, his partner Jimmy Mercer vows revenge and is given one week to catch the killers before being transferred. Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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He's a cop who reached the Boiling Point


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Money Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,006,019, 18 April 1993

Gross USA:

$10,058,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,058,318
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Company Credits

Production Co:

StudioCanal See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was entirely financed by French movie house Le Studio Canal. See more »

Goofs

When the junkie girl blows up the house with built up gas from the stove, there is a flame showing lit in blue on one of the stove burners before she strikes the lighter; there would be no gas built up in the house... There would be no explosion. See more »

Quotes

Tony Dio: Fuck you!
[Ronnie shoots him]
Rudolph 'Red' Diamond: Fuck me?
[laughs]
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) See more »

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Dream
Written by Johnny Mercer
Arranged and Produced by Daniel May
Performed by The Danny May Orchestra
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Terrible, just terrible!
25 July 2003 | by NoArrowSee all my reviews

There is not one single good thing that I can say about "Boiling Point". It is slow, and confuses you with an unnecessary complex plot that is more tiresome than entertaining. The problem with most movies is that there's no story, the problem with "Boiling Point" is that there's too much! It doesn't even try to be an action movie, which would have saved it from the never-ending, always-growing pile of over-complicated movies.

The plot mostly circles around a cop (Wesley Snipes) who is after the man who his partner was killed by, a newly free con man (Dennis Hopper). Both actors act so overdramatic and conceited that you'd think they signed on because it was going to be their "Oscar Movie". The dialogue doesn't help much though, at times when Hopper is trying to be romantic with his ex-wife he drags on every word that you can almost see "Give me an Oscar" written on his forehead.

The supporting players, Dan Hedaya and Viggo Mortensen, do an equally bad job. Of course, that is understandable because they were at the beginning points of their careers, where as Hopper started decades earlier and Snipes established himself as an '80s Action Star' (the worst kind).

"Boiling Point" tries everything to be a classic, but, in the end, disappoints, 3/10.


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