5.2/10
658
15 user 7 critic

Persons Unknown (1996)

When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan ... See full summary »

Writer:

Craig Smith
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

3 girls in Sydney share an apartment and friendship. The movie follows them as well as 3 guys for a year from New Year's Eve 1998. They'll meet each other before the year ends.

Director: Emma-Kate Croghan
Stars: Claudia Karvan, Naomi Watts, Alice Garner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story of 6 friends who journey to an island off the coast of Australia for the weekend. Two of them (Emma and Harry) announce that they intend to get married, but have made no plans, ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Rattigan
Stars: Aden Gillett, Jack Thompson, Jacqueline McKenzie
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A female student falsely accuses a male professor of rape.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Naomi Watts, Jimmy Smits, Sarah Chadwick
The Custodian (1993)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A police detective decides to expose the pervasive corruption that permeates his department.

Director: John Dingwall
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Hugo Weaving, Barry Otto
History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A poor young woman in 1930's Australia falls in love with a dashing but arrogant teacher who preaches free love and watered down socialist precepts. She follows him to England, meeting a ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Wallace
Stars: Helen Buday, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Clay and Amanda are drawn together while trapped in a house in Los Angeles as the riots engulf the city.

Director: Kenneth Brady
Stars: Naomi Watts, Gary Hershberger, Glenn Plummer
Dogtown (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Philip Van Horn, who left his small town a long time ago to become a Hollywood actor and hasn't had any success at that, returns to the town for a visit. There he is uniformally met like ... See full summary »

Director: George Hickenlooper
Stars: Rory Cochrane, David Shackelford, Trevor St. John
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Adapted from Dostoevsky's novella, Henry Czerny plays the narrator, Underground Man. Filled with self-hatred, he keeps a video diary where he discusses his own shortcomings and what he ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Walkow
Stars: Henry Czerny, Seth Green, Sheryl Lee
Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After a strange storm in the Carribean causes a boat to sink, a family finds itself stranded on an island in the "27th dimension".

Director: Ian Toynton
Stars: Sam Behrens, Susanna Thompson, Lisa Jakub
Timepiece (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Cole
Stars: Naomi Watts, Kevin Kilner, James Earl Jones
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Rachel Ward
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman, whose husband is cheating on her, and an undertaker, who has been in love with her since their childhood, decide to fake her death so they can be together.

Director: Nick Hurran
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Jim Holland
Kelly Lynch ... Amanda
Naomi Watts ... Molly
J.T. Walsh ... Cake
Xander Berkeley ... Tosh
Jon Favreau ... Terry
Channon Roe ... Lewis
Christian J. Meoli ... Prancer (as Christian Meoli)
Antoni Corone ... Vixen
Jimmy Ortega ... Comet (as Jim Ortega)
Michael Nicolosi Michael Nicolosi ... Blitzen
Sonny Carl Davis ... Jimmy
Don Blakely ... Marty
Brian J. Williams ... Mott
Brent J. Williams Brent J. Williams ... Old Man
Edit

Storyline

When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan by Amanda and her sister Molly, to obtain security codes to office of a client. The girls and their cohorts rob his client and stash the loot. All the while, detective Jim has been following them and he grabs the money for himself. Then his conscience gets the best of him and he falls in love with Molly. His client turns out to be drug dealers and he's forced to risk his life to protect Molly and Amanda. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Astathmitos paragontas See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Naomi Watts and J.T. Walsh shared a birthday (September 28). See more »

Quotes

Jim Holland: [looking at Amanda's arms] Giving blood?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This was where I first knew Naomi Watts would be a star...
7 March 2004 | by TarasicodissaSee all my reviews

Around 1997 while flicking through cable channels I caught the pier scene in this movie and was instantly hooked. The blonde actress in the wheel chair had an incredible presence even just in profile. I did not know who the actress was but immediately wanted to. I checked and she was Naomi Watts (Jet Girl from "Tank Girl" ?). From that moment I was certain that she was destined to become a star. And it sure looked that way in 1997 as a rising young ingenue.

But then for three years her career lost all momentum and sank into a series of minor roles in forgettable movies punctuated by huge gaps of unemployment before David Lynch pitched her that fast ball over the middle she had been waiting for (at precisely the moment she was set to give up and become a yoga instructor) in "Mulholland Drive" that she hit out of the ballpark.

This is a good, solid, noir film of three people who have screwed up their lives with carelessness and substance abuse desperately seeking another chance. I would like it on DVD. It holds up well with levels revealed with each viewing (the subtleties of the scene where Joe Mantegna first buys the sisters lunch...).


14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed