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Top of the World (1997)

In Las Vegas for a quicky divorce, a just-paroled ex-cop and his wife wander into the Top of the World Casino, run by the shady Charles Atlas. They win big, right as the casino is being ... See full summary »

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Sidney J. Furie

Writer:

Bart Madison
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... Ray Mercer
Dennis Hopper ... Charles Atlas
Tia Carrere ... Rebecca Mercer
David Alan Grier ... Detective Augustus
Joe Pantoliano ... Vince Castor
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Captain Hefter
Peter Coyote ... Doc 'The Butcher'
Julie McCullough ... Ginger
Martin Kove ... Carl
Kevin Bernhardt ... Dean
Eddie Mekka ... Joe Burns
Derek Anunciation Derek Anunciation ... Fredo
Dell Yount ... Mac
Alexander Mervin Alexander Mervin ... Benny
Michael DeLano ... Lieutenant De Rosa (as Michael Delano)
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In Las Vegas for a quicky divorce, a just-paroled ex-cop and his wife wander into the Top of the World Casino, run by the shady Charles Atlas. They win big, right as the casino is being robbed. The police believe their big win was a staged diversion, and the two of them become suspects. Over the course of the evening and next morning, the two attempt to escape to surrounded casino, and to prove their innocence, as well as to save their marriage. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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Life Is A Gamble... Let It Ride! See more »

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Action | Thriller

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1998 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Cash See more »

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Production Co:

Millennium Films See more »
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| (cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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One of the last films that Producer Elie Samaha would co-produce with Millennium Films as he would go on to form, Franchise Pictures soon after with actor Andrew Stevens and it's first release being the cult hit, The Boondock Saints released in 1999. Samaha and the company would go through legal, financial trouble throughout the 2000's forcing it to shut down. See more »

Quotes

[In the casino near the slot machine]
Ginger: What are you starin' at?
Ray Mercer: Honey, where I'd just been you get a lot of trouble for staring. What's your name?
Ginger: Ginger.
Ray Mercer: Ginger, do me a favour, will you? I'm not allowed to gamble. So all you have to do is just walk up, put the two Twenties in the machine and pull that lever. Whatever we win we'll make fifty fifty. What do you say?
Ginger: Oh, no!
Ray Mercer: Come on. You're my lucky star!
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Soundtracks

ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Words & Music by Robert O. Ragland, Marc Tanner, & Ron Aniello
Performed by Shane Minoa
Produced by Robert O. Ragland, Marc Tanner, Alan Oldfield & Marc Greene
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Totally generic.
12 April 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

Good-looking production values here; obviously this thing had a middling decent budget, well used by an efficient, professional director (Sidney J. Furie). Unfortunately, nothing - and I mean NOTHING - here seemed completely new or original. EVERYTHING is a recycled cliché of the crime / revenge drama genre. Disgraced ex-cop (Weller) looking for answers among the crooks who framed him arrives in Las Vegas. He is also trying to reconnect with his estranged ex-wife (Carrere). Did I mention the crime boss who has a grudge against him (Hopper)? The problem isn't any one of these elements, it's all of them. There is just nothing new here. Peter Weller can carry a picture, and Tia Carrere makes a gorgeous object of desire and longing, plus Dennis Hopper makes a good villain, but we have seen them all do that before. The script gives them no new business, and over-familiar character types to work with. Every plot twist has been used before, every segment has a familiar feel to it. Las Vegas looks great and is well used visually as a setting, but I already mentioned that this is a professional, slick looking production. I found myself almost shouting at the screen to give me something I hadn't seen before. Didn't happen. Tia Carrere's cheekbones were the only things that kept me watching all the way to the end.

Not bad at all, but unless you are completely new to the crime drama genre, you will be hard pressed to find anything much entertaining here.


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