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Phoenix (1998)

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A cop (Liotta) with a gambling addiction plots a theft from the bookies who are putting pressure on him to pay off or else.

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Mike Henshaw
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Fred Shuster
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Dickerman
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Lt. Clyde Webber
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In Phoenix, Arizona, all is not well at the local police station as some of the colleagues are not good of heart. Superstitious cop Harry Collins is on the take. He a compulsive gambler who is forced to plan a heist with fellow cops Mike, James, and Fred to rip off local pimp and overall bad guy, Louie, to pay off gambling debts run up with "bookie" Chicago. Written by Chris Foster <cf@chrisfoster.prestel.co.uk>

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In this town, the heat can kill you.

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Crime | Drama

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

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4 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Corrupção em Phoenix  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,500, 4 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,071, 13 September 1998
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Harry Collins: Never welsh on a bet.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Terraplane Blues
Written & Performed by Robert Johnson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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King of Spades Music
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A Hidden Gem

"Phoenix" is a hidden gem. I've seen it over five times. For some reason, it never gets old.

Harry (Liotta) is a cop with a gambling problem. He can't stop. He owes money to "Chicago" (Tom Noonan) and he if he doesn't pay up, he dies. Harry's partners Henshaw (LaPaglia) and Nutter (Baldwin) are dirty and are becoming "collectors" to bookie Louie (Giancarlo Esposito). Harry needs money fast and the only way is to rob Louie. Everybody goes along with the plan until there's a double cross.

There's not a lot of action in the movie until the end, but it's not needed. Ray Liotta is excellent in the movie. But the supporting cast steals it from him. LaPaglia is fantastic as Henshaw. He makes the character come alive. Baldwin, Esposito, Kari Wuhrer, and Anjelica Huston all get their time to shine.

"Phoenix" is a gritty crime movie that Liotta and LaPaglia fans must see.

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