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The Secret Pact (1999)

R | | Thriller | 1999 (USA)
After witnessing the killing of his parents, a young teenage boy is put in a witness relocation program and sent to a boarding school in Canada to start a new life. He soon befriends a fellow student who is a hit man looking for him.

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Rodney Gibbons

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Brian Cameron Fuld (as Brian Fuld), William Lee | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rider Strong ... Lenny Dalton
Adam Frost ... Greg Sherman (Spence)
Lisa Zane ... Denise Wokowski
John Heard ... Jerome Carver
Nick Mancuso ... Dominic Patton
Jack Langedijk Jack Langedijk ... Dean Raines
Jason Cavalier ... Ray Quick
Maude Laurendeau Maude Laurendeau ... Camille Tremblay
Jeff Saumier Jeff Saumier ... Doug Havick
Matt Stone Matt Stone ... Carl Hanuman (as Matthew Stone)
Chad Connell ... Paul Cardiff
Andrew W. Walker ... Wills (as Andrew Walker)
Matthew Smiley ... Jeff Teal
James Bradford James Bradford ... Randolph Holmes
Guido Mello Guido Mello ... Ormond Petrucci
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Storyline

Seventeen year old New Yorker Greg Sherman is placed in the witness protection program by Jerome Carver after he is able to identify through photos his mother's killers. She was a collateral casualty of his father's murder, he who was going to testify against his criminal boss, Dominic Patton. The two hit men, Dean Raines and Ray Quick, are known associates of Patton's. Given the new name Steven Spencer, Greg is sent to Royal Dominion College, a private boys' boarding school in Montréal, run by Carver's friend, Denise Wokowski, who reluctantly agrees to the arrangement despite a past witness in her care being killed. There, "Spence" befriends another new student to the school, Lenny Dalton, who is somewhat of an outsider due to his tough guy demeanor. The two make a pact to watch out for each other's back. Dalton is not at the school to make friends, as Patton discovered where Greg was, and as such Dean sent Dalton, his unofficial charge after Dalton's father was murdered, to discover... Written by Huggo

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Sometimes best friends can be the deadliest.

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pact See more »

Filming Locations:

Deux-Montagnes, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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Connections

References Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) See more »

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Dance of the Hours
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From La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli
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Shoot the writers then the director
13 March 2005 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this story and was willing to suspend disbelief but this film just had too many continuity/believability problems to allow that for long.

The two leads are both attractive young men and it was fun watching their friendship form. It was also fun watching the inter-relationships between the other boys but I kept getting distracted by just how unlikely the plot devices were. Also, the next time a head master of a distinguished private school is giving a speech and the best literary reference that he can make in his speech is a lame reference to Great Expectations perhaps the head master's speech should be written out.

Before watching this I'd recommend School Ties (1992) or Dead Poets Society (1989) or The Emperor's Club (2002) or even A Separate Peace (2004) (TV) All have much more convincing plot lines than this.

In two separate spots the "villain" is about to be lurking just around the corner when something saves him. The villain is looking for one kid on a list of about 8 and the kid we KNOW he's looking for keeps making obvious mistakes that would clue in anyone who was really looking in a heartbeat. e.g. claiming to be from Tampa and not knowing whether its on the Atlantic or the Gulf. It also bothered me how dyslexia was tossed about as a plot point without any real understanding or compassion.

The actors did great with what they had to work with but this could have really used at least one more script revision before it got shot.


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