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Face Down (1997)

A private eye gets caught up in a one-night stand with a seductive woman, but then realizes when it's all too late that he's been caught up in a tangled web of murder.

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Thom Eberhardt

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Thom Eberhardt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Bob Signorelli
Peter Riegert ... Lt. Coop Cooper
Kelli Maroney ... Merrie / Meredith
Cameron Thor Cameron Thor ... Curtis Lowell
Adam Ant ... Derek Fry
J.K. Simmons ... Herb Aames
Shannon Lawson ... Emily Jones
Kent Staines ... Jacob Knutson
Diana Reis ... Connie Taubenfeld
Eugene Clark ... Captain McGuiness
Richard Sali Richard Sali ... Artie
Gary McMillan Gary McMillan ... Gary Ritter
Dwight Bacquie Dwight Bacquie ... Frank Narz
James Mainprize James Mainprize ... Dr. Pilch
Steve Cumyn ... Charles
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When blonde bombshell Meredith Lake breezes into his office, New York private eye Bob Signorelli can't resist giving her "personal" attention. But their one-night stand becomes a deadly liaison when they are linked to a homicide; and a night of steamy passion snowballs into a marathon of madness and murder... Written by Anonymous

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A private eye. A cool blonde. A dead man. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die verdeckte Karte See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo | Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Thom Eberhardt wrote the part of Meredith Lake specifically for Kelli Maroney to play. See more »

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Lament For M
Written by Gunther Schuller
Performed by Gunther Schuller
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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Unusually Good
14 April 2012 | by johndeckboseSee all my reviews

I'm stunned by how good this so-called TV flick is.

The cast is top-notch: Joe Mantegna, always a favorite, mostly -- though not exclusively -- because of his Mamet work, as a disgraced NYPD detective working as a private dick; Kelli Maroney, one of the two sisters from the wacky zombie classic Night of the Comet, grown up and sexy as hell as the schizoid blonde bombshell, but still with the same crazy energy; Peter Riegert as the NYPD detective with a longstanding grudge for the Mantegna character, a former partner; rocker Adam Ant as the smarmy behind-the-scenes puppet master -- they all come together in a beautifully paced, complex noir that never takes a predictable turn.

Thom Eberhardt's direction is solid throughout: the camera work is shockingly good for a TV film (considering the profanity and nudity, that description seems odd) and the actors deliver admirably. There are no false notes, no ridiculous plot holes -- just confused, conniving, ambitious people trying to either stay afloat or get ahead.

The locations is where this movie scrimps. They're mostly backlot sets pretending to be NYC, and they look cheap and fake, but that's no one's fault. It's a low budget film. This same script, even with this fairly no-name cast, could easily be in the same league as Body Heat or Basic Instinct -- the only difference is the budget.


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