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Ambushed (1998)

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Jim Natter, the leader of a violent Ku Klux Klan lodge, is shot dead. His teenage son Eric Natter is found nearby, and taken into police custody for his protection pending the investigation... See full summary »

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Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writer:

Andrew Miles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Courtney B. Vance ... Jerry Robinson
Jer Adrianne Lelliott ... Eric Natter (as Jeremy Lelliott)
Virginia Madsen ... Lucy Monroe
William Forsythe ... Mike Organski
David Keith ... Deputy Lawrence
Bill Nunn ... Watts Fatboy
Charles Hallahan ... Sheriff Carter
Robert Patrick ... Shannon Herrold
William Sadler ... Jim Natter
Carl Espy Carl Espy ... Deputy Bean
Scott Hinson Scott Hinson ... Deputy Dunbar
William Flaman ... Tom
J. Michael Hunter J. Michael Hunter ... Mintz
Scott Simpson ... Richter
Don Hall Don Hall ... Billy Dean
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Storyline

Jim Natter, the leader of a violent Ku Klux Klan lodge, is shot dead. His teenage son Eric Natter is found nearby, and taken into police custody for his protection pending the investigation. While four cops drive him to a safe-house, they are ambushed. Three of them shot dead, including Deputy Lawrence, and his black partner Jerry Robinson is accused of the murders. Written by KGF Vissers

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When a Klan leader is murdered, it lights the fuse to a race explosion. Now the only man who can put it out is the one everyone suspects.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambushed - Dunkle Rituale See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Prime Schlock
3 April 2002 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

Actually there have been quite a few features, made-fors, and miniseries shot in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, as this one was. Wilmington has the second largest assemblage of studios in the country, outside of Burbank. The problem is, most of the things shot there are turkeys. Not including "Crimes of the Heart" and "Blue Velvet" and one or two others, which my own performances rendered memorable.

Considering the schlock as a class in itself, this probably rates a B. It isn't as bad as it could be. Of course it's filled with clichés. Shoot outs take place in which thousands of rounds are exchanged with no one having to pause and reload their weapons. A black detective on the run has to protect the racist 12-year-old son of a Klan member, and we know their relationship will evolve, and we know the direction that evolution will take.

The good guys are completely good, while the bad guys are somewhat less one dimensional -- let's say they have one and a half dimensions. But it has a few interesting directorial touches; odd angles are used effectively and bodies and objects are moved around with efficiency.

The racial issue is nicely handled. A black man makes tender love to a white woman and it's treated matter-of-factly. And the movie is as much watchable for what it doesn't include as for what it does: no slow-motion deaths, no car chases. The acting is not bad, particularly on the part of the twelve-year-old racist.

Just before the climax, Shannon has a line, "Take him out to the cement factory." This refers to a real cement factory on Blue Clay Road which has been used as a location in several other films. It served as a prison twice, in "Weeds" and again in "Everybody Wins." It's always good to see Dick Olson in a Wilmington movie, and he has a small part in just about every one, in this case, a motel manager. He's a nice guy as well as a reliable character actor.


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