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After his ex-wife dies in a fall from her balcony, Police Sgt. Henry Smovinsky gets custody of his troubled teenage son. Smovinsky soon finds out that his ex-wife was a high-class hooker, ... See full summary »

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Douglas Jackson

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Karl Schiffman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eric Roberts ... Henry Smovinsky
Jacob Tierney ... Adam Compton
Eliza Roberts ... Maggie Furness
Jayne Heitmeyer ... Katie Compton
Jack Langedijk Jack Langedijk ... Lt. Lido
Lynne Adams Lynne Adams ... Sally
Frank Schorpion ... Dennis
Larry Day ... Burnett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Goûchy Boy ... Arresting officer (as Gouchy Boy)
Andy Bradshaw Andy Bradshaw ... Cop in Gym
Andrew Campbell Andrew Campbell ... Pimp
Fernando Chien ... Hawkeye
Guido Cocomello ... Bip
Irene Contogiorgis Irene Contogiorgis ... Kid at Convenience Store
Norris Domingue Norris Domingue ... Ticket Seller
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After his ex-wife dies in a fall from her balcony, Police Sgt. Henry Smovinsky gets custody of his troubled teenage son. Smovinsky soon finds out that his ex-wife was a high-class hooker, her death was not a suicide and that the police have chosen him as their prime suspect. Maggie Furness is the only cop willing to help him protect his son and track down the real killer. Written by Robin Walsh <rowalsh@vassar.edu>

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Rated R for some sexuality, violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

False Pretense See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jayne Heitmeyer and Jacob Tierney play mother and son in the film even though in real life, she is only 9 years older than him. See more »

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References The Fugitive (1963) See more »

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Father / Son .... relationships 101
11 August 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Ugh! In a film about a high priced call girl's murder, you would expect a high sleaze factor. Well that isn't the case. What you get is an estranged father (Eric Roberts) and son (Jacob Tierney) bonding movie. There is the usual friction and pretty much nothing happens until a very convoluted police investigation commences. Unfortunately "Dead End" telegraphs everything, and is astonishingly predictable. Shoddy police work aside, there isn't much here to grab onto. Ultimately the lack of believability becomes unbearable, and you will be reaching for the fast forward button. This is for Eric Roberts completests only. Others beware ! - MERK


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