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Chain Reaction (1996)

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Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.

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Andrew Davis

Writers:

Arne Schmidt (story) (as Arne L. Schmidt), Rick Seaman (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Eddie Kasalivich
Morgan Freeman ... Paul Shannon
Rachel Weisz ... Dr. Lily Sinclair
Fred Ward ... FBI Agent Leon Ford
Kevin Dunn ... FBI Agent Doyle
Brian Cox ... Lyman Earl Collier
Joanna Cassidy ... Maggie McDermott
Chelcie Ross ... Ed Rafferty
Nicholas Rudall Nicholas Rudall ... Dr. Alistair Barkley
Tzi Ma ... Lu Chen
Krzysztof Pieczynski ... Lucasz Screbneski
Julie Pearl ... Emily Pearl (as Julie R. Pearl)
Godfrey ... Chidi Egbuna
Gene Barge ... James Washington
Nathan Davis ... Morris Grodsky
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Storyline

Eddie Kasalivich, an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, works as a technician for a scientific team that discovers an alternative, low-cost, pollution-free fuel source. Eddie and Lilly were involved in the research that was done at this first lab. The first lab was sabotaged and it exploded. One of the chief scientists is murdered during the attack and the sabotage of the lab, Eddie and physicist Lily Sinclair are framed for it and have to flee for their lives, with the FBI, CIA and other involved parties in close pursuit. Paul Shannon, Eddies mentor, is the director of a secret CIA contractor which - unknown to Eddie - has commercial interests in the lab equipment. Eddie and Lily flee police, FBI and CIA secret contractors but Lily winds getting captured and is driven to the underground experimental lab. Eddie follows Lily to this not yet fully working lab and quickly gets it working since it needed two different frequencies for the energy to get produced and Eddie has kept ... Written by The Ramp Runner

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Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Drop See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,546,000, 4 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,550,712, 29 September 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,200,000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes filmed at both the Field Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry, both in Chicago (about five miles apart), were combined to suggest a (fictitious) museum located outside of Washington, D.C. The action did not occur in Chicago. See more »

Goofs

(at around 20 mins) During the FBI interview Morgan Freeman wields an unlit cigar. The position of the cigar band alternates from halfway down the cigar in wide and medium shots to near the tip in closeups. See more »

Quotes

FBI Agent Doyle: Holy!... did you see that?
FBI Agent Ford: Whoa!
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits come to the end, the music fades out and a rumble gets louder and louder. This is the start of a shockwave resulting from the massive explosion at the end of the film. The viewpoint is of Keanu Reeves who by now is in a helicopter and comes straight on screen after the last of the credits has gone up. The ground implodes briefly and you hear Agent Ford say "Whoa!". See more »

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Referenced in Bollywood Hero: Episode #1.1 (2009) See more »

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One Love
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers (as Bob Marley and The Wailers)
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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A very enjoyable 90s flick in the same vein as The Fugitive....
6 October 2012 | by koffeenkreame41-1See all my reviews

Simply put, one of my favorite movies of the 90s, because I'm a big fan of the Fugitive. This plot follows it adds a bit of a new age spin on it. Enjoyable flick with very good actors and a cast that features Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Fred Ward, Brian Cox, Rachel Weisz and many others, highly recommended if you're a fan of the Fugitive or U.S. Marshalls!

The story is about a chemist & his friend suspected of murdering their mentor and Reeves & Weisz receive help from a friend of their fallen colleague and they try and find out who is trying to frame them for murder. Much like The Fugitive, which ironically is done by most of the same crew and features some of the actors from that film, it's a great flick to pass the time on.


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