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Panic (2000)

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Alex, a hit man, tries to get out of the family business, but his father won't let him do so. While seeking the help of a therapist, he meets a sexually charged 23-year-old woman with whom he falls in love.

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Henry Bromell

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Henry Bromell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Alex
John Ritter ... Dr. Josh Parks
Neve Campbell ... Sarah Cassidy
Donald Sutherland ... Michael
Tracey Ullman ... Martha
Barbara Bain ... Deidre
David Dorfman ... Sammy
Tina Lifford ... Dr. Leavitt
Bix Barnaba Bix Barnaba ... Louie
Nicholle Tom ... Tracy
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Alex - Age 7
Andrea Baker ... Candice (as Andrea Taylor)
Steven Moreno Steven Moreno ... Sean (as Steve Moreno)
Erica Ortega Erica Ortega ... Rachel
Greg Pitts ... Alex - Age 20
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Storyline

Alex, a sad-eyed mournful man, goes into psychotherapy: he discloses he's a hit man. He also tells the doctor, after a few sessions, that he's attracted to a young woman he's met in the waiting room. She's Sarah, 23, quick, edgy, and perhaps attracted to him as well. But he's married, the dutiful father of a young precocious boy, so Sarah brushes him off. In flashbacks we see him get his start as a killer, at his father's prompting: it's the family business. Dad gives Alex his next assignment: to kill the therapist. Alex keeps returning to Sarah, calling her, stopping by her apartment, as he decides what to do about the hit, his father, his marriage, and his malaise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Story of Family, Lust, Murder ...and Other Midlife Crises

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and elements of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2001 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Pánico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,006, 3 December 2000

Gross USA:

$779,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$779,137
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Neve Campbell plays a 23 year old in the film. She was actually 25 at the time of the shoot. See more »

Quotes

Michael: Every man has a destiny, Alex. Life is not... random. The trick is discovering your destiny, knowing it. Once you do that, everything else comes easy... just flows.
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References Running Scared (1986) See more »

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Written by Brian Tyler
Published by Tippecanoe Music Publishing
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Alas, It Had Potential
11 July 2002 | by eddie15845See all my reviews

Panic has a great cast. The acting is superb. An illogical and unrealistic plot, however, dooms the film. Maybe, I've been spoiled by the Godfather movies or other well-constructed crime films, but big-time hit men earning the money it takes to live in Macy's neighborhood, as depicted in this film, don't walk, talk and live like college professors. They have heavy mob connections or if international killers, live shadow lives away from common life. Macy is obviously pushing 50, yet we are to believe that after earning his living by contract killing since his youth, he is suddenly overcome by the realization that his chosen "profession" and his father are evil? What planet do you live on people? That's a farce!


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