Two guys kidnap the wife of a rich man and bury her in a box with 24 hours of oxygen. Tough NYPD Detective Maddy and others get the case. Will they get to her in time?

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Richard Shepard

Writer:

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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Trivia

Both Maura Tierney and Adrien Brody had to rush to finish this movie because both had other, bigger movies to film; Forces of Nature (1999) and Summer of Sam (1999), respectively. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the foot pursuit at around 10:00, Foster draws her gun twice in about five seconds. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Shut the hell up, Francis, or I won't tell anyone where you are, and that would SUCK for you.
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Crazy Credits

Filmed between torrential rainstorms on location in New York City See more »

Connections

References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Beneath You
Written by Fred Wilhelm
Performed by Fred Wilhelm
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Excellent, intelligent film
29 August 1999 | by UthmanSee all my reviews

In OXYGEN, Richard Shepard has refined his approach to character-driven crime thrillers first seen in his previous, also excellent film, MERCY. Armed with experience and a bigger budget, Shepard has wrested outstanding performances from Maura Tierney and Adrien Brody, in their best work to date. Both characters are quite believable, and their defects are gently extracted and displayed by the subtle script. There are no stereotypes or one-dimensional characters in the whole film.

This is not to say that this is some esoteric, art-house movie, suitable only for clove-smoking turtleneck-wearers. The action scenes are well-executed and edited. Camera work is very nice; the long Steadicam shot in the train is especially memorable. Tension holds on throughout, and even the asides (such as an FBI agent's humorous soliloquy about the death penalty) integrate well and don't distract.

I sure would like to see what Richard Shepard could do if given some Really Big Bucks.


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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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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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