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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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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

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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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)

Gross USA:

$779,137
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

William H. Macy and Neve Campbell co-starred together again 15 years later in the movie Walter (2015). 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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Clouded
Written by Brian Tyler
Published by Tippecanoe Music Publishing
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5 August 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

I recently caught up with this little gem of a film on cable. It took me by surprise, even though, I should have expected it from the team involved with this movie.

Henry Bromwell directed this film with a sure hand, and it shows. One always wonders about the secret life of hit killers. One doesn't have to go too far to realize they probably are one's own neighbors, or social acquaintances, or even friends; they're no different from us, at least on the surface.

In this story, the grandfather, is a despicable character who does not hesitate in eliminating anyone for the right price. He has no scruples in teaching the ropes to his own son, and even to the grandson!

Alex, is a man living in turmoil. He knows what he has done in the past and suddenly is coming to realize the consequence of his actions. He has to see someone to help him find peace with himself. In going to Dr. Parks, he is trying to find absolution, although, he doesn't find it there. On the contrary, there is a dramatic twist when Alex learns about who is supposed to kill next.

Alex, brilliantly portrayed by William H. Macy, mesmerizes us. Not only is he a fantastic actor, but he makes us believe he is that man. One of the best things in the movie is the late John Ritter. He is equally convincing as Dr. Parks, the man who unravels the mystery.

Donald Sutherland, as the grandfather is perfect. He is a natural actor in everything he does. Neve Campbell surprised in her pivotal role of Sarah. She shows a capability and range that are incredible. Tracey Ullman is Martha, the suffering wife, and she doesn't get to do much. Also Barbara Bain, in a rare appearance, is the grandmother from hell. David Dorfman, is a delight in the film. He shows a maturity beyond his years.


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