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For Hire (1998)

Chicago cabbie Mitch Lawrence is a man whose dreams are starting to fade. His only shining light is his loving and pregnant wife. When one of his clients, author Lou Webber offers him money... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Pellerin

Writers:

Karen Erbach (story), Leah Kerr (as Leah M. Kerr)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Mitch Lawrence
Joe Mantegna ... Alan Webber
Bronwen Booth ... Faye Lawrence
Charles Edwin Powell ... Joe Watson (as Charles Powell)
Steve Adams ... Tom Kellman
Jack Langedijk ... Vic Mann
Marie-Josée Longchamps ... Snobbish Saleslady
Jean-Louis Roux ... Professor Gerald Lambert
John Dunn-Hill ... Larry Sharp
Carl Alacchi ... Cabbie #1
Robert Ozores Robert Ozores ... Cabbie #2 (as Roberto Ozores)
HoJo Rose ... Richard, Faye's Boss (as Howard Rosenstein)
Neil Kroetsch ... Dr. Shepherd
Ralph Allison Ralph Allison ... The Good Doctor
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Dr. Peterson's Receptionist
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Storyline

Chicago cabbie Mitch Lawrence is a man whose dreams are starting to fade. His only shining light is his loving and pregnant wife. When one of his clients, author Lou Webber offers him money to eliminate a drug dealer who is stalking him, Mitch refuses. Days later, Mitch is diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer. He reconsiders Lou's offer, and for the sake of his wife and baby, eliminates the threat. But after that night, everything changes, Mitch's stomach pains disappear. The Drug dealer suddenly resurfaces in a crowd. Then events conspire to drag Mitch deeper into a game that proves that at the right price any man is for hire. Written by Emerald

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Taglines:

First... The Set Up - Next... The Frame Up - Now... The Cover-Up! See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Production Dog: Shakespeare See more »

Connections

References Lost in Space (1965) See more »

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Good twist but ending could have been better.
23 April 2000 | by ipswich-2See all my reviews

Cab Driver Mitch Lawrence (Rob Lowe), diagnosed with interminable cancer and given less than six months to live, decides to take up a $50,000 offer from his client Lou Webber (Joe Mantegna) to eliminate a drug dealer who is stalking him. Reluctantly Mitch, who needs the cash for his family, commits the murder, and then his whole life goes into a tailspin. This is a very good movie until perhaps the last third, when the plot sadly degenerates into a 'let's chase and catch the bad guy' sequence. Any movie with Joe Mantegna is usually a plus point but in this case, he is sadly out of form and his character under developed.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato por engaño See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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