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Chill Factor (1999)

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A new biological chemical weapon that explodes up to temperatures over fifty degrees Fahrenheit, falls into the hands of two men who try to make sure that it doesn't get stolen by a terrorist.


Hugh Johnson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Arlo
Skeet Ulrich ... Tim Mason
Peter Firth ... Colonel Andrew Brynner
David Paymer ... Dr. Richard Long
Hudson Leick ... Vaughn
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Colonel Leo Vitelli
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Telstar
Judson Mills ... Dennis
Jordan Mott Jordan Mott ... Carl
Darcas Macopson ... Burke (as Dwayne Macopson)
Jim Grimshaw ... Deputy Pappas
Richard Todd Aguayo Richard Todd Aguayo ... Gomez
K. Addison Young K. Addison Young ... Ranger at Dam
James Van Harper James Van Harper ... Ranger in Chopper
Tommy Smeltzer ... Deputy Art Lewis


A scientist develops a biological lethal weapon and accidentally kills eighteen soldiers in an island during the tests. Colonel Andrew Brynner is the commander and becomes the scapegoat of the incident. He is sentenced to go to the prison for ten years. Along this period, he becomes unbalanced and decides to get the bomb to sell to terrorists. He commands a group of mercenaries to steal the bomb from the base where Dr. Richard Long is researching. He shots the scientist but he flees with the weapon to the convenience store where the clerk Tim Mason and an ice-cream trucker driver Arlo are negotiating ice-creams. Mason receive this weapon from the injured Dr. Richard Long, with an advice to keep it below 50 F. they try to reach a military fort and try to escape from the colonel's team that is hunting them down. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Keeping cool is a matter of life and death. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carga mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Liberty, South Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,810,531, 5 September 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,227,940, 24 October 1999
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior diner scenes were filmed in the small town of Liberty, South Carolina. In real life, the diner is a wood shop and the $15/night hotel is a laundromat. See more »


Shortly after the motorcycle guy opens the door and gets into the back of the truck the view of the truck is shot from above. When that happens it shows the back door as being closed. When the view changes to a street view the door is wide open. See more »


Col. Andrew Brynner: It won't be long now, gentlemen. And it won't be very pleasant.
[Brynner puts a small sample of Elvis on the road by Tim and Arlo for testing]
Col. Andrew Brynner: But such is the price of patriotism.
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Spoofs Speed (1994) See more »

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Terrific fun
14 July 2005 | by ExpendableManSee all my reviews

Don't you just love it when you're channel surfing to pass the time, end up watching a film you've never heard of and discover a forgotten gem? This is one of those movies, an action flick with tongue firmly placed in cheek that is very much in the vein of Con Air with its sense of humour.

The plot is basically one part road movie, one part 'Speed' and two parts 'The Rock,' as two blue-collar losers in the shape of Skeet Ulrich and Cuba Gooding Jr find themselves in possession of a top secret military chemical weapon that will detonate and kill millions of people if its temperature exceeds 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Pursued by a renegade military General, the duo set off against all odds to return the weapon to the nearest secure outpost, but there's a hitch; they have to cross the desert to do so.

It may be more Renny Harlin than William Shakespeare in its premise, but the end result is a riotous hour and thirty minutes worth of entertainment. Skeet and Cuba make for a great on screen pair, their bickering providing plenty of laughs and one liners, while Peter Firth is brilliant as the scenery-chewing villain. What makes it even more fun, is that unlike its contemporaries, the two lead characters are utterly hapless. They are just a pair of ordinary guys thrust into a situation beyond their control rather than muscle-clad, indestructible body-builders or Kung Fu experts and they only really survive unscathed by bumbling through the fight scenes.

You can tell the cast are having a great time and in all honesty, Cuba Gooding Jr seems to be enjoying himself so much it's a surprise he doesn't grin like a cheshire cat throughout the whole movie. So get some beers in, get your mates round, switch your brain off and check it out, its a really enjoyable film.

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