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Oxygen (1999)

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A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini, who has kidnapped a rich woman and has buried ... See full summary »

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Richard Shepard

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Richard Shepard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maura Tierney ... Madeline Foster
Adrien Brody ... Harry
James Naughton ... Clark Hannon
Laila Robins ... Frances Hannon
Terry Kinney ... Tim
Paul Calderon ... Jesse
Dylan Baker ... Jackson Lantham
Olek Krupa ... Madeline's Lover
Frankie Faison ... Phil Kline
Slavko Stimac ... Jerome Jerzy
Michael Henderson Michael Henderson ... Handsome
Robert Shepard Robert Shepard ... Sal the Bartender
Eddie Perez ... Scary Guy
Gene Canfield ... Joe the Cop
Christopher J. Quinn ... Chris the Cop (as Christopher James Quinn)
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Storyline

A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini, who has kidnapped a rich woman and has buried her somewhere in Manhattan while demanding a ransom from her tycoon husband. Failure to pay the ransom within 24 hours will lead the kidnapper to abandoning the woman. Dylan Baker also appears as the fed that is assigned to the case. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Crime | 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:

12 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dying to Escape See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,088

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,088
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Adrien Brody's parents can be seen as Brody (as Harry) walks away from Maura Tierney and the car crash. See more »

Goofs

When Det. Foster interrogates Harry at the parlor's room, the cigarette pack and the ashtray over the table appears closer/far and disappears many times. See more »

Quotes

Harry: You wanna play? Huh?
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Filmed between torrential rainstorms on location in New York City See more »

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References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Bring Me the Gun
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Oxygen: Hit and miss thriller
9 July 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Starring Adrien Brody and Maura Tierney this little thriller has some good ideas but thoroughly fails to correctly utilize them.

It tells the story of a cop facing her demons while getting pulled into a case where a millionaires wife has been kidnapped and buried alive. The kidnappers are demanding cash for her location, but is everything as it seems?

Though I don't consider Brody a competent actor he is suitably evil here and plays the part well. Lead Tierney however is a passable actress with a real likeability fact, sadly she seems to be stuck with one single facial expression in every scene of every role she has ever taken. If I had to describe it I'd say the look of a woman who just witnessed her cat pee in her handbag 2 minutes before she's due to go out.

What lets the movie down the most is the weak sub-plot, it just simply isn't needed and takes the movie in directions it simply shouldn't have gone down. Due to this the actual plot feels watered down and not given 100% of the attention (Which it should have had).

Oxygen isn't terrible, it's just decent ideas in the hands of poor writers.

The Good:

Cast are competent

Couple of good ideas

The Bad:

Sub-plot damages the film

Should have been longer

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

I don't like Adrien Brodys face

A cat may have peed in Maura Tierneys handbag


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