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When an expert counterfeiter gets into debt with a dangerous bookie, who's on the run from the mob, the only way he can settle his debt is to join forces with the bookie in this thriller. ... See full summary »

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Rod Hewitt

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Kevin Gebhard (story), Kevin Gebhard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Lamas ... Mitch
Michael Paré ... Boyle
Herb Mitchell ... Des
Angela Jones ... Kim
Bo Brundin ... Bernie
Heidi Thomas ... Arden
Daniel Quinn ... Russell
Robert Miano ... Volanta
Richard Zavaglia ... Narducci
Craig Wasson ... Sasso
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Gazda
Pierrino Mascarino ... Krachek (as Perrino Mascarino)
Diane Robin ... Connie
Frank Rivera ... Alcazar
Kimi Walker Kimi Walker ... Lydia (as Andrea Kim Walker)
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Storyline

When an expert counterfeiter gets into debt with a dangerous bookie, who's on the run from the mob, the only way he can settle his debt is to join forces with the bookie in this thriller. He ends up helping the bookie with a counterfeit operation involving car number plates. But will they escape the mob? Written by Anonymous

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No one escapes the collection agency

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Debt See more »

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Production Co:

Lions Gate Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Unpaid debts...
18 July 2009 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

Lorenzo Lamas and Michael Pare join forces in a clichéd plot revolving a well intended factory worker who gets into debt with a bookie and of course the only way to pay back such a debt is by helping the bookie with a counterfeit operation involving plates. Lorenzo Lamas is fairly unrecognizable as a glasses wearing nerd who is forced into the crime world by Michael Pare's bookie mobster. Indeed Pare is very good, so much so that he steals every scene he's in and manages to upstage everyone else. Lamas is decent, but his overall look is hard to take and indeed the lack of action or martial arts disappoints somewhat as one expects such a team up to deliver such. Still, The Debt is an interesting failure. It's sort of a period piece melodrama/film noir and it's fairly well acted, but the problem lies in the fact that the ending lacks true satisfaction, the plot is ultimately confusing when one thinks about it and of course it's melodramatic as all hell. Indeed this film feels like a rip off of a John Woo heroic bloodshed movie without the bloodshed or heroic prowess. Still the movie has a watchable edge and it works because it's often engrossing to see Lamas and Pare try hard to experiment with non-action roles.

* * out of 4-(Fair)


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