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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 »

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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 ... Blitzen
Sonny Carl Davis ... Jimmy
Don Blakely ... Marty
Brian J. Williams ... Mott
Brent J. Williams Brent J. Williams ... Old Man
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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>

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of three films starring both Joe Mantegna and J.T. Walsh. They also appeared in House of Games (1987) and Things Change (1988). The mentioned films were directed by David Mamet, who gave roles to both actors in his stage play "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1984. See more »

Quotes

Molly: You know what you are, Holland? A fuck-up. It's okay, cause I am too. All three of us are. Fuck-ups have this way of finding each other.
Jim Holland: Good luck.
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A haunting thriller with a heart.
26 May 2000 | by ybiaoSee all my reviews

Although "Persons Unknown" is no classic, I must admit I just loved it. It's been a while since I was really emotionaly involved with a movie (not since my viewing 10 months ago of Alfred cheung's "On The Run"). The bad guys are a little to caricatural to my taste but the drama surounding the Joe Montagna character really moved me (what can I say, I am a sucker for "characters with a past"). The score, acting and photography are also flawless.


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