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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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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

During the first car chase immediately after the small red car pulls in front of Harry and Det. Foster the passenger-side door panel can be seen smashed in. This is before any contact between the two cars. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Could you do me a favor? Would y'get in the car?
Frances Hannon: What?
Harry: Car. Get in the car. Francis... look at this.
[gestures toward gun]
Harry: Now will you get in the car? Get in the car!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »

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Bring Me the Gun
Written by Shaij Ticotin & Premonanda Ram Johannes
Performed by Cross of Snow
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An actor's thriller
31 July 2000 | by JohnnyPHreakSee all my reviews

Oxygen is a made for Cinemax thriller that does a one up on the thriller genre. This film is about the acting. It does what most other thrillers and films stay away from, the performances. A cop (Maura Tierney) with some very dark secrets is on the trail of a kidnapper (Adrien Brody) who buried a rich woman (Laila Robins) alive in the New York woods. This is a cat and mouse thriller from beginning to end. Adrien Brody is fantastic as a the sick, obsessed with Harry Houdini kidnapper. His acting is so real it's like he's not even trying. He's cunning, cleaver, smart and sick all at the same time. It's drama to the end. He really needs to be cast as the villain in more films. Put him in an action film and bring a whole new level to the word terrorist. Maura Tierney best know for her stint on Newsradio and Jim Carrey's ex-wife in Liar, Liar is just spectacular. She pulls off the cop with more than just problems. She beautiful, tough and confused. Throughout a lot of the film she's in tears. She can act and be tough. Get her some scripts, I wanna see this girl more often. The supporting cast is also great and each brings realism to their performances. Even though this film has dark characters and a dark subject matter, the film is very light looking. The brightness of the film will grab from the start. The colors stand out and are hardly missed. The film has a action flick look but it's a thriller. It's a different mix that works extremely well. Oxygen is an well acted thriller that will drain you. I highly recommend that all should run and check this one out. It's very high on the must see meter.


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