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Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent individuals. Crowe, working with Margaret Wells (another former Covert Operations operative), blackmails and bribes a State Supreme Court judge, but the deal sours. One of Crowe's co-workers, Tod Stapp, discovers Crowe's current CIA involvement in a plot to overthrow Grimes, and blackmails him to be cut in on the deal. More blackmail occurs as Wells manipulates Crowe to kill Grimes, then the CIA uses that discovery to blackmail Wells into killing Crowe. Who can you trust???Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Disney weren't confident in handing a film this scale to a first time producer, so they suggested to director Damian Harris that he show the script to other producers on the Disney lot. Harris showed the script to Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, who had just moved into Disney, and asked for their input. Simpson and Bruckheimer wanted to change the tone of the script, remove most of the dialogue and ramp up the action and sex, and they wanted to change the downbeat ending. Sensing they weren't getting the material, Harris moved the project to another Disney producer. See more »
You know why I hate Grimes?
Probably because you owe him too much. Your only choices are hate and gratitude. Who wants to be grateful?
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If you want your films to have sympathetic characters, you probably shouldn't go near this one. This is a very tough and cynical thriller, one that has no good guys, only a whole lotta bad guys and a couple of not quite as bad guys. But that's what I enjoyed about this film. It was great to see the plot unfold in unexpected ways, and to see these characters mess with one another, motivated only by greed, lust, and fear. Another aspect is the film's sleek and cold style. From the wardrobes to the apartments these characters occupy, the film is pretty stylin'. And the acting is very good. Laurence Fishburne is excellent as the amoral Crowe, Frank Langella is elegantly nasty as Grimes, and Michael Beach has a deceptively quiet role as one of Fishburne's "co-workers". A very dark film that resolves itself quite nicely in the end, and well worth seeing. But if you need a good guy to root for, this isn't the film to check out.
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