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Killer (1994)

A professional assassin, having just "cleaned up" a botched "job," is pressured into another new assignment by his boss. He is beginning to find himself off-balanced and self-questioning ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Malone

Writers:

Gordon Melbourne (screenplay), Mark Malone (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Mick
Mimi Rogers ... Fiona
Matt Craven ... Archie
Peter Boyle ... George
Monika Schnarre ... Laura
Joseph Maher ... Dr. Alstricht
Mark Acheson ... Hellbig
Philip Maurice Hayes ... FBI Agent (as Phillip Hayes)
Christopher Mark Pinhey Christopher Mark Pinhey ... Partygoer
Claudio Masciulli Claudio Masciulli ... Partygoer (as Claudio De Victor)
Justine Priestley ... Masseuse
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Storyline

A professional assassin, having just "cleaned up" a botched "job," is pressured into another new assignment by his boss. He is beginning to find himself off-balanced and self-questioning about his chosen career, when he is thrown into complete turmoil by the unusual nature of this latest "hit." A prominant woman has accumulated a massive amount of bad debt from shady characters and threatened them with police exposure, yet seems resigned to her fate when informed of a contract on her life. In fact, she even seems to look forward to her own demise. Why? As the killer tries to understand and resolve the situation, he begins to feel emotions long suppressed, perhaps, that he didn't even know he possessed. Before he can straighten out this upside-down, backwards, and inverted, crazy situation, his boss turns up the heat. Having his driver around, who is an old friend but unreliable and twitchy, nonetheless, does little to settle his jangly nerves. Finally, an impasse is reached with dire ... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong graphic sex scene and for language | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulletproof Heart See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$377,108
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Feature directorial debut for American playwright and screenwriter Mark Malone. Although he wrote the screenplay, Malone only receives a "from story" credit; in order to qualify for a Canadian tax shelter, the film's producers instead gave sole screenwriting credit to the pseudonymous Canadian writer Gordon Melbourne. See more »

Quotes

George: [after Mick agrees to do the hit] Thank you! Hey, you're a beautiful man. If you had pants on, I'd kiss you.
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One of the films of the decade
26 January 1999 | by Balthazar-5See all my reviews

How this sensational first feature failed to become a massive critical hit I am at a loss to understand. With just a few characters and a rudimentary plot, Mark Malone has fashioned a stare into the soul as bleak and uncompromising as anything since Last Tango in Paris. Lapaglia and Mimi Rogers make a heart-stopping duo thrust into a situation so replete with irony that it is almost Shakespearean. And to continue the theatrical reference, Malone uses Brechtian chapter titles to distance the audience and make the whole tragedy bearable. Finally under no circumstances should audiences miss the post-credit sequence (at the end) which perfects a classic circular structure and monumentalises the work. 'Nuf said!


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