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Snake Eyes (1998)

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A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

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Brian De Palma

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Brian De Palma (story), David Koepp (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Rick Santoro
Gary Sinise ... Commander Kevin Dunne
John Heard ... Gilbert Powell
Carla Gugino ... Julia Costello
Stan Shaw ... Lincoln Tyler
Kevin Dunn ... Lou Logan
Michael Rispoli ... Jimmy George
Joel Fabiani ... Charles Kirkland
Luis Guzmán ... Cyrus (as Luis Guzman)
David Anthony Higgins ... Ned Campbell
Mike Starr ... Walt McGahn
Tamara Tunie ... Anthea
Chip Zien ... Mickey Alter
Michaella Bassey Michaella Bassey ... Tyler's Party Girl #2
Paul Joseph Bernardo ... Casino Security #1
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Storyline

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 The Mystery Guest

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He's got 14,000 eyewitnesses and no one saw a thing. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snake Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,310,373, 9 August 1998

Gross USA:

$55,585,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,891,409
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The ringside drunk says, "Here comes the pain," a line also spoken in another Brian De Palma film, Carlito's Way (1993). See more »

Goofs

The ring shown at the end of the credits puzzles many audiences. It belonged to a woman that Dunne killed and put into a cement mixer, so claims that it introduces some continuity error related to Santoro are wrong. See more »

Quotes

Rick: 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Referenced in Witches of East End: Snake Eyes (2013) See more »

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Hey Hey
Written by Cornell 'Ryot' Richardson and Kevin Campbell
Performed by Ryot
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Unlikable main character and all-too-obvious bad guy
24 March 2003 | by duce122See all my reviews

Snake Eyes (1998) D: Brian De Palma. Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Stan Shaw, Kevin Dunn, Michael Rispoli, Luis Guzman. Acceptable action film places Cage as a loud-mouthed, hot shot police officer who, along with 14,000 screaming fans, witnesses the murder of the U.S. secretary of defense while attending a boxing match. Of course, there is a conspiracy which he uncovers in 98 minutes. First film I have ever seen where I knew who the bad guy was just by viewing the opening credits. This `twist' is revealed halfway through the film, so by the end, it's hard to imagine why the audience would even care. In addition, Cage plays one of the most unlikable main characters in recent memory. On the plus side, the Hitchcock-esque unbroken opening shot is a great touch. Unfortunately the rest of the film is drab. RATING: 5 out of 10. Rated R for violence and profanity.


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