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

Writers:

Brian De Palma (story), David Koepp (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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Seeing is Deceiving See more »


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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The opening 20 minute Steadicam sequence is not really one continuous shot - there are numerous hidden edits. At least 12 minutes of the sequence was done in one take. See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) When the shooter falls down dead, his rifle is clearly a rubber prop, as it clearly bends when it hits the ground. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anthea: Good evening, everyone, and welcome to a Powell pay-per-view television event! It's hard to believe, but tonight's heavyweight fight is the swan song for the grand old Atlantic City Arena, the final event to be held in this storied hall before it is gutted and completely renovated as part of Gilbert Powell's Millennium Hotel and Casino. I'm eager to go ringside along with 14,000 fight fans who have braved Hurricane Jezebel to...
Lou Logan: Cut! Cut! Anthea, they want you to call it a tropical ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

Shortest Route
Written by Teppo Pulli, Jani Muurinen, Kalle Taivainen, Olli Nurminen & Toni Stranium
Performed by Xysma
Courtesy of Release Records
By Arrangement with Rykodisc and Ocean Park Music Group
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The Eye That Lies
14 November 2000 | by tedgSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful experience. Never mind that the acting is poor and the story weak --that was never the point. This film was made because DePalma knows how to make his camera dance and wanted to make a film based on that notion.

A central question in most art concerns the role of the viewer. This dominated easel painting, then was the center of evolution of the novel and now sits at the core of thought about film. Is the viewer an omniscient God, or can the viewer be fooled like a person? Is the viewer a passive observer, or does she `walk' with the participants as an invisible character? So many clever questions.

DePalma thinks the camera is a whole new thing, The camera is a type of character, part narrator, part actor, part god. It can lie, be fooled, search curiously, document, play jokes. So this is a film about the camera's eyes. `Snake' both because the camera can snake around following Cage, going places that Cage cannot, but also `snake' because the camera sees with forked tongue.

So we have one seemingly continuous shot of the key scene, which is played first from Cage's perspective, then the fighter's, the Navy guy, the Girl, then the cop again, and finally the `flying eye.' Along the way, every eye trick DePalma can think of is woven in:

--The girl's glasses are crushed so she sees less than the audience

--The whole mess is about what a satellite sees

--The casino has 1000 cameras which our own eyes coopt

--The thing is framed by the TV eye

--God-like, we scan over several hotel rooms while Cage and Sinese are stuck in the hallway maze

--Splitscreen simultaneity

--The whole thing is in real time, as if you were living in the action

This is masterfully intellectual. See it. Forget the story.


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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:

$55,591,409

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,891,409
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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