When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting an unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Ricky Santoro is a flamboyant and corrupt Atlantic City cop with a dream: become so well connected that he can become mayor. In lieu of that, he'll settle for keeping his comfortable lifestyle. On the night of the heavyweight boxing championship, Rick becomes mixed up in the assassination of the Secretary of Defense, an assassination involving his best friend. Becoming the investigating officer in the case, Rick soon uncovers a conspiracy to kill the Secretary and a mysterious woman in white. The conspiracy was shocking, but not half as shocking as the identity of its mastermind.Written by
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Stan Shaw (Lincoln Tyler) also played a boxer in Harlem Nights (1989). See more »
After Richard is beat up by Tyler, Commander Dunne starts telling Richard about what it will be like if he doesn't go along with his plans. He says, "your life will fall the hell apart," when his lips clearly say "your life will fall the fuck apart." See more »
I'm betting that the redhead you followed is the same person who told Tyler to throw the fight. She's one. Shooter's two. Tyler's three. The drunk who shouted the signal is four and whoever was on the other end of that radio is five. Five people make a conspiracy, right?
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The end credits scroll over a construction site scene (presumably the new casino), closing in tighter and tighter until the final shot is of a bright red jewel embedded in a concrete pillar that the workmen are installing. Most of the time the jewel is hidden under the hand of one of the workers. The ring was worn by the red-haired woman/Navy agent who was part of Commander Kevin Dunn's scheme. See more »
The movie begins extremely well. The first half an hour or so - Nicholas Cage's profile, the drama leading to the actual shooting, the beginning of the melee in the stadium, is taut and gripping - really superbly done. But then, the whole drama fades into nothingness. I am not a great fan of De Palma (the hell they raise about untouchables -- its just another action movie I thought) .. but this was really the pits.
Some of the extremely lousy things in the movie : we know whodunit before we even begin to suspect anybody, thou's of spectators go from a mad rush after the shooting to enjoying themselves in a matter of minutes, the blonde wig's angle SUCKS, the eye-camera angle was stupid, the Cage-tracking scene was awful (why did they need the tracking device ?!), the final car-skid was childish, the ending was weird at best. All in all, one avoidable movie.
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