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A Better Way to Die (2000)

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A Chicago cop quits the force and finds himself threatened by the Mafia.

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Scott Wiper

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Scott Wiper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Wiper ... Boomer
Jack Conley ... Fletcher
Carmen Argenziano ... Carlos
Richard Haje Richard Haje ... The Mute
Mo Gallini ... Laslov (as Matt Gallini)
Rolando Molina ... Chach
Kirk McKinney Kirk McKinney ... Spaz
Jefferson Moore ... Harrison James
Wayne Duvall ... Rifkin
Mirjana Jokovic ... Salvi
Conner Greene Conner Greene ... Salvi's Son
Lou Diamond Phillips ... William Dexter
Benjamin John Parrillo ... Cooper
London King London King ... Cheryl
Jon Farris Jon Farris ... Fagan (as John Farris)
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Storyline

Set along the highways of the U.S. heartland, the story follows the journey of an ex-cop who is inadvertently thrust into a fierce struggle between the FBI and the Chicago underworld, both of which are searching for a missing federal agent who holds the key to the syndicate's demise. Written by Anonymous

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love | assassin | mafia | police | ex cop | See All (242) »


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Rated R for strong violence throughout, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Agonas epiviosis See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The shootout in the beginning was filmed at the old Smith Bros. Warehouse on 4th st in Columbus, Ohio. It has since been renovated and is now offices. See more »

Quotes

Laslov: [to flash] You want that pain in your head to go away? You transfer it
[shoots flash in the legs]
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Fun little action vehicle
17 January 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A BETTER WAY TO DIE is hardly a B-movie gem, and yet it's certainly an entertaining time-waster, a star vehicle and labour of love for a director/writer/actor you've never heard of and a movie packed to the brim with chases and shoot-outs. In terms of pacing this is an unstoppable movie with all manner of crime clichés and violent events to propel the slim storyline.

In essence, star Scott Wiper plays a down-on-his-luck type who finds himself pursued by multiple bad guys, including gangsters, dealers and corrupt government agents. It feels a bit like a Tarantino flick, something like TRUE ROMANCE, in that there are multiple criminals and they're all battling against each other. Wiper is instantly forgettable as a leading man but I quite enjoyed his work as writer and director here.

Star actors are low on the ground, but viewers are treated to Lou Diamond Phillips giving a laidback turn as a corrupt cop, HOSTEL's Rick Hoffman as a thug, Natasha Henstridge (SPECIES) as the love interest and another decent role for Andre Braugher (THE MIST). The action comes thick and fast and I'll admit it, I had a ball with this one, even if it's not something you'd want to watch again once you know what happens.


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