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The Real McCoy (1993)

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A woman is released from prison, an expert bank robber who wants to settle down and go straight, but her parole officer and her former employer try to get her to pull one more heist.


Russell Mulcahy


Desmond Lowden (novel), William Davies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Karen McCoy
Val Kilmer ... J.T. Barker
Terence Stamp ... Jack Schmidt
Gailard Sartain ... Gary Buckner
Zach English Zach English ... Patrick
Raynor Scheine ... Baker
Deborah Hobart ... Cheryl Sweeney
Pamela Stubbart Pamela Stubbart ... Kelly
Andy Stahl ... Mr. Kroll
Dean Rader-Duval ... Lewis
Norman Max Maxwell Norman Max Maxwell ... Hoke (as Norman Maxwell)
Marc Macaulay ... Karl
Peter Turner Peter Turner ... Guard
David Dwyer ... Guard
Frank Roberts ... Guard


Karen McCoy is a thief who after getting caught is sent to prison for 6 years. After getting released she tries to see her son but her ex won't let her and tells her that he told their son she's dead. Karen's boss, Schmidt who left her in prison wants her to help him with a job. But she refuses. She tries to go straight but her parole officer makes things tough for her. Eventually she learns that Schmidt and her parole officer are working together to get her to do the job. When she still refuses, they grab her son. She then does the case work, one of Schmidt's people, Barker tries to help her. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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20 guards. 30 tons of steel. A security system second to none. They said there wasn't a man on earth who could pull off a bank job like this. They were right. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


DC comics cast: Kim Basinger played Bruce Wayne's love interest Vicki Vale in Batman (1989), Val Kilmer played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever (1995) and Terrence Stamp played the antagonist General Zod in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). See more »


Right before Gary Buckner is attacked by a tiger, the tiger roars. Tigers never roar when they attack. See more »


Karen McCoy: [as they are driving away from the back, with J.T. shot in the arm] Are you in pain?
J.T. Barker: Ahhhh! Pain? Pain! You wanna talk about pain? WALKING way from $18 million dollars, now that's pain. What?
[as Karen starts laughing]
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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »


Down Home
Written by Jim Jacobsen (as Wolf McKenzie)
Performed by Jim Jacobsen
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User Reviews

The Movie's Real McCoy !
30 May 2011 | by elshikh4See all my reviews

As a heist movie, I didn't enjoy much. As an action, I have seen better and more memorable. As for the acting, no one did her or his best here. So what's this movie's really interesting point? I'll tell you. It's the title's role.

Movies have accustomed us to watch that kind of roles played by men, not women. That confident, genius, and heartwarming thief has been always a man. This time, it's (Kim Basinger).

Since the 1970s, the American cinema had gone a long way to assure that women can be heroes too. Look closer to 1993 movies: there was violent yet sensitive woman (Point of No Return), a remake of the French movie (La Femme Nikita - 1990), who is a dusty female copy of (James Bond). Funny and philanthropic woman (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit), a comic copy of (To Sir With Love - 1967). And there was (Body Snatchers) too, a remake of (Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1959), where the lead role was given to a girl, played by (Gabrielle Anwar). Clearly, it was a man's world, but not anymore.

In another, less daring, less creative, treatment, this could have been a movie for say (Val Kilmer), however - for this movie's good and ours - THANK GOD it wasn't!

So, it's low-tone average entertainment for some afternoon, where its Real McCoy factor is in the sex of who played its Real McCoy!

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Release Date:

10 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,705,425, 12 September 1993

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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