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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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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

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1.33 : 1
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Maggie Furness is played by 'Roberts, Eric''s real-life wife, Eliza. See more »

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Eric - why waste your talent on this stuff?
4 October 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This trash, which was given an equally meaningless title "False Pretense" for Australian television, could have been very good. To start with the leads are played by two excellent actors Eric Roberts and Jacob Tierney - and their sensitive portrayals of father and son make some scenes quite powerful. But then the cliches start to pile up and the plot becomes ludicrous. The cops are stereotypes, the prostitutes are stereotypes (all with hearts of gold of course), and there is a particularly offensive portrayal of a gay man that puts the work of the gay movement back 20 years. This man's attempted seduction of Tierney is so offensive to our hero Roberts that he beats the man savagely to the ground and kicks his head in with his boot. And of course later suffers no remorse (because the "f....t" deserved it?!?!).

The happy families conclusion is so absurd that any good work done by the actors is completely undermined. Shame, everyone, shame. Please someone give Roberts a really great role in a great film so we can see the old "Runaway Train" magic again.


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