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Cold Around the Heart (1997)

Lovers Ned and Jude snatch a lot of diamonds in a jewelry store holdup, leaving three dead bodies. Ned is captured, but soon escapes and vows revenge on Jude, who pushed him out of their ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... Ned Tash
Kelly Lynch ... Jude Law
Stacey Dash ... Bec Rosenberg
Chris Noth ... T
John Spencer ... Uncle Mike
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Johnny 'Cokebottles' Costello
Richard Kind ... Attorney Nabbish
Kirk Baltz ... Detective Logan
Jennifer Jostyn ... Waitress Inez
Tom McGowan ... Gun Store Man
Mark Boone Junior ... Angry Man
Jack Orend Jack Orend ... Motel Man
Tracey Ross ... Nurse Woman
Gareth Williams ... Car Dealer Man
Richmond Arquette ... Gas Station Man


Lovers Ned and Jude snatch a lot of diamonds in a jewelry store holdup, leaving three dead bodies. Ned is captured, but soon escapes and vows revenge on Jude, who pushed him out of their escaping car. Ned is joined in his search for Jude by female hitchhiker Bec. Written by Gustaf Molin <gustaf.molin@usa.net>

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The title comes from a quote from Out of the Past (1947). Jeff describes Katie as "Awfully cold around the heart." See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ray Liotta/The Donnas (2003) See more »

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Cliched, dumb and pretty darn dull....
16 May 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Ned Tash and girlfriend Jude Law (no, really!) are escaping a messy robbery. With the police closing Law pushes Tash from the car and escapes while he is caught. When Tash takes the fall for three murders he didn't do he escapes custody and plans to hunt down and kill Jude. Along the way he picks up hitchhiker Bec and together they go cross country to find Jude. Double cross and betrayal is never far away.

The film opens with a betrayal after a messy robbery – and it never gets to rise above that cliché. The story is very sedentary and never gets any tension or excitement. The story moves very slowly – things happen but they are not surprising or interesting, leaving you cold, detached from the story. The script is full of cliché and pure laziness – Tash's escape from custody is too easy and things like buying a car etc are just glossed over. Betray and double crosses are good things when done well – here they fail to spark even slight interest.

The performances are poor considering the cast. I love Caruso – he's made bad movie choices but he's still one of my favourite actors. Here he does his usual `cocked head, menacing tone but honest guy' act that he's done since it hit in NYPD Blue, but he doesn't bring any depth to Ned – failing to show us when he can't shake Jude off. Being stuck with that stupid haircut probably didn't help. Likewise Lynch didn't seem up to the job of playing Jude……and yes, someone did decide to call her Jude Law despite the famous namesake! Stacey Dash (Clueless) is very sexy – but her dull narration at the start sets a poor tone, she does OK but again her character is a cardboard cut out. Cameos from the excellent John Spencer (West Wing) and the goofy Richard Kind (Spin City) help by being interesting – but they aren't in it long enough to be save the film.

It's a shame because the cast deserved better. But the script is poor and cliched and the story is delivered as flat and lifelessly as it can be. A real disappointment that fails to grip.

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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Heart See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$552, 9 November 1997

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2.35 : 1
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