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Icarus Descending (1998)

Hayden K. Lorry is a British military operative who gets embroiled in a caper to track down an ancient Grecian Urn, called the Icarus Urn, or more appropriately named, the "Urn of Death." ... See full summary »


Steve Edwards, Todd Mei


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Ayckbourn Philip Ayckbourn ... Hayden Lorry
Julie Rivier Julie Rivier ... Lizbeth Hiver
David Brainard David Brainard ... Manny Varjak
Todd Mei Todd Mei ... Johnny Sing
Sam Parks ... Professor Arthur Ayers
Robin Mukherjee Robin Mukherjee ... Godwin Keyes
Andrew Balmforth Andrew Balmforth ... Tolly Martin
Marissa Afton Marissa Afton ... Ginny Novak
Binky Greene Binky Greene ... Dick Delieuze
Nick Harris Nick Harris ... Riordan
David Crockford David Crockford ... Rock Thompson
Valentin Gerlier Valentin Gerlier ... Joseph Bannion, Lounge Piano Player
Robin Wilkowski Robin Wilkowski ... Hitwoman
Elvira Tanassescu Elvira Tanassescu ... Lilith Alisdaire
Steve Edwards Steve Edwards ... Rico Boyer


Hayden K. Lorry is a British military operative who gets embroiled in a caper to track down an ancient Grecian Urn, called the Icarus Urn, or more appropriately named, the "Urn of Death." Lisabeth O'Shaughnessy is the elusive femme fatale who seduces Lorry into thinking he can save both himself and O'Shaughnessy by locating the urn. But who is O'Shaughnessy: needing and vulnerable damsel or complotting and villainous dame? Meanwhile, a myriad of hit men affiliated with various organizations, including the Alexander Boys (the gay mob), are trying to track down both the urn and Lorry. Written by Robert Banks

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Twenty-eight of the locations used were found in a 48-hour period by the directors before the first day of filming. See more »


Hayden Lorry: So you're just going to plug me, huh? That's not your style, you lily-livered, two-bit soda jerk.
Manny Varjak: "Lily-livered"? "Two-bit"? "Soda jerk"? I'm the number-one man in this world, see. I just took care of Dante Berasconi. There's not one yegg from Somaliland to Kingdom Come who could usurp me. Top of the world, I'm on top of the world!
Hayden Lorry: You're still nothing. Nothing comes from nothing, pal. You're just some cheap, dime-store imitation of Glenn Ford and Jimmy Cagney. The lamentation's wearing off, ...
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Hopefully this terrific first movie by Edwards and Mei will be the first of many more... rated a 10 in creative aspects; an 8 in technical aspects due to the sound.
12 September 1999 | by katyfoySee all my reviews

Amazing accomplishment by Edwards and Mei. Being a connoisseur of the old black and whites, I relished in the suspense and fast-gun witty quips. Edwards and Mei have shown tremendous imagination and creativity and are to be commended for this piece of work,(writing, directing, producing) especially on such a limited budget. If this genre is your cup of tea, then "Icarus Descending" will be your shot of rye......and this ain't pie in the sky, sister!

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