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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,058,318
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Company Credits

Production Co:

StudioCanal See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The finished film was primarily centered around Dennis Hopper's character, but due to Wesley Snipes's popularity at the time, Warner Bros. who bought the film in the US, decided to shorten most of his scenes, to strengthen Snipes's role. Other cuts were made to beef up the pacing. The cuts included the loss of several scenes between Mortensen and his girlfriend. In an interview director James B. Harris stated that he did not have final cut and that Warner Bros. removed ten minutes from the pic in attempt to make it more commercial. He noted that they also changed the title from Money Men, to Boiling Point, in a bid to sell it as an action picture, similar to Passenger 57. Dennis Hopper, who felt he delivered his best performance, did not like the version that was ultimately released. 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?
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Soundtracks

Money Men Blues
Written and Produced by Mitchell Marcoulier
Performed by Sweat Pea Atkinson
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Standard cop thriller with tension, thrills, and violence
9 June 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film begins with Red Diamond, an ex-con(Dennis Hooper),recently freed from jail . He along with Ronnie(Viggo Mortensen), his pal from prison, undergo a new business, an operation about money forgery. But the issue go wrong and Ronnie murders an undercover agent. His partner a two-fisted named Jimmy Mercer(Wesley Snipes) together with another policemen(Dan Hedaya) swear discover the killer. Meanwhile, Red Diamond deals with mobster(Tony Lo Bianco) whom he owes some money. The story continues the trail some people after another attempting to get close over tracks of Red and Ronnie and there relationships with girlfriends(Valerie Perrine, Christine Elise) and lovers(Lolita Davidovich).

The picture contains action, suspense, several shootouts, bloody killings and lots of violence. It's exciting and tense, at time no too much interesting cop thriller. The story is plenty of firepower, intrigue, action packed and good performances. Wesley Snipes is fine as tough cop and excellent Dennis Hooper as likable delinquent and Viggo Mortensen as cold killer.Magnificent secondary cast with a plethora of known actors, such as Seymour Cassel, Tony Lo Bianco,James Tolkan, Jonathan Banks, Paul Gleason, among others. Atmospheric musical score made by means of synthesizer and fitting to action by John DÁndrea and Cory Lerios. The motion picture is written and directed by James B Harris. He's a notorious producer, he produced Stanley Kubrick's three awesome films(The killing, Paths of glory and Lolita)and occasionally director of thrillers(Cop, Fast walking)and another genres(Bedford incident). Rating : Acceptable and passable. The movie will like to Wesley Snipes fans and thriller buffs.


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