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Desert Saints (2002)

An American assassin, who works for cartels in Latin America, is back in USA. He gets a woman before each job and kills her after. FBI's on to him but are curious about his next big job.


Richard Greenberg


Richard Greenberg (as Rich Greenberg), Wally Nichols




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brent Roam ... Concierge
Shawn Woods ... Larson
Christopher Bersh Christopher Bersh ... Thug in Black
Kiefer Sutherland ... Arthur Banks
Rachel Ticotin ... Dora
Beth Grant ... Lou
Zach Chapman Zach Chapman ... Officer
Jamey Sheridan ... Agent George Scanlon
Leslie Stefanson ... Agent Donna Marbury
Melora Walters ... Bennie Harper
Buddy Quaid ... Gas Station Attendant
Keith Diamond ... Agent Robinson
Bill Sage ... Agent Davis
Aliza Rajan Aliza Rajan ... Agent McCoy (as Aliza Waksal)
Alan Gelfant ... Byron Sadowski


Banks is a hit man, the best, usually working for Latin American drug cartels. He picks up solitary women, uses them briefly for a job, then kills them. He's in the Southwest, headed toward Mexico, when he picks up Bennie, a woman leaving an abusive marriage, going to Paradise, Arizona. The film follows three tracks: Banks's slow recruitment of Bennie, the set-up for the hit at a swank resort in Mexico, and the FBI's close pursuit of Banks, whom they want alive in hopes he'll rat out his bosses. Bennie may not be who she seems, and there may be a chink in Banks's tough-guy armor. Guns, money, and a chance at Paradise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It was his favorite job, until he met... her See more »

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Rated R for language, and some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Originally premiered on Cinemax. See more »


When Bennie reaches for the envelope in the diner, Banks stabs it with a fork. When the camera turns to focus on Bennie, the fork is back at Banks' mouth. When back to facing Banks, the fork is back stabbing the envelope closed. See more »


Arthur Banks: Why do you want to know so much about me?
Bennie Harper: How come you answer every question with a question?
Arthur Banks: Because I don't want to answer you.
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References Big (1988) See more »


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very interesting film
9 June 2004 | by jackielangSee all my reviews

i saw this movie last night for the first time. i thought it was very interesting though a bit muddled and confusing in the first half especially. the film jumps back and forth in time with flashforwards and flashbacks without notice. until you figure this out it is a bit confusing and jarring. the ending is unexpected and to a certain degree unsatisfying as part of it comes out of nowhere. still it's an interesting movie that you think about afterwards and may want to see twice just to understand better. the acting is good. kiefer is fine and hunky for all the women out there. melora walters is great and you will fall in love with her like i did. ** 1/2 stars

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English | Latin

Release Date:

10 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Saints See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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