A disgraced cop is given just 10 days to bring a dangerous gang to justice.


Duane Clark


Norman Snider





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Van Peebles ... Jack
Zerha Leverman ... Alma (as Zehra Leverman)
Randy Quaid ... Phil
Rae Dawn Chong ... Sally
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Nocera
Ben Gazzara ... Joe Buddha
John Bourgeois ... Keenan
Frank Crudele Frank Crudele ... Tommy
Susan Kottman Susan Kottman ... Mrs. Duckworth
David Hemblen ... Jennings
Sandi Ross ... Lina
Nicholas Pasco Nicholas Pasco ... Tony D
A. Frank Ruffo ... Priest
Eleanor Davis Eleanor Davis ... PR Woman
Tony Meyler Tony Meyler ... Barman


Detective Jack Valentine is reinstated from his desk job to go back onto the streets. His first assignment ends with the death of a mobster who was about to turn states evidence. The killing came as the mobster was with his girlfriend Alma. Jack suspects Alma of being involved - even more so when he finds her involved with one of the mob family, Michael. However he begins to fall for her himself and finds himself involved in the deadly game where not everything is what it seems. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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What a boring movie...
6 March 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Don't be suckered by the artwork on the box; although the movie announces it's an "action" movie, 99% of the movie is action-free. It's a boring honest-cop/corrupt-cop/mafia story, with no likable or interesting characters. Actually, a lot of movie rips off BASIC INSTINCT, though interestingly, the filmmakers mostly just rip-off the non-erotic scenes from that movie. There are some sex scenes here (one quite explicit), but they aren't erotic; in fact, they are frequently unintentionally funny. Film also suffers from bursts of rapid and incomprehensible editing, and a "twist" ending that you'll see a mile away. And a real bland title ("Protector" - though better, I guess than the original title "Valentine's Day", which remains in the closing credits.) In short, this movie is for nobody, unless you want to see Randy Quaid with a shaved head.

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Release Date:

12 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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