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In the Shadows (2001)

A hitman, sent to kill a veteran Hollywood stuntman, falls in love with the target's daughter, and decides to become a stuntman himself.


Ric Roman Waugh


Ric Roman Waugh




Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Eric
James Caan ... Lance Huston
Joey Lauren Adams ... Clarissa Huston
Lillo Brancato ... Jimmy Pierazzi (as Lillo Brancato Jr.)
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Draven
Roy Ageloff Roy Ageloff ... Sal Canzoni
Antoni Corone ... Vito (as Antoni Cornacchione)
Scott Waugh ... Graham
Val Avery ... Carlo Pierazzi
Jeff Chase ... Sergei
Joe Candelora ... Bartender
Duke Valenti ... Biker
Kava Stewartson Kava Stewartson ... District Attorney
Cat Stone ... Hairstylist (as Cat Wallace)
Paul Louis Paul Louis ... Harry


When a stunt man dies in Miami, his uncle, a New York mob boss, sends a hit man to tail the stunt coordinator, whom the boss wants dead. The hit man, Eric O'Bryne, gets close to his mark's daughter, and through her he asks her dad to teach him to do stunts. While waiting for the word to kill this mentor, Eric discovers the joy of stunt work and of being part of a family. Meanwhile, several people are looking for the dead man's briefcase of money and a cloth bag of illegal drugs that he stole from an undercover FBI agent now desperate to get the borrowed drugs back to the bureau. The stunt coordinator says that 'we dance in the shadows of death.' Can Eric step out into the sun? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hitman. Stuntman. Dead man.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Joey Lauren Adams also played the daughter of James Caan in The Program (1993). See more »


Written by Brent Woods, Bonami Faraji, Brian Waters and Jimmy Varner
Performed by The Generals
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Good Flick
4 April 2004 | by codename47See all my reviews

I saw this movie on Showtime one afternoon. It is a really good movie all things considered. I enjoyed Matthew Modine in a darker role than he normally has. James Caan was great acting self as stuntman Lance Huston. Joey Lauren Adams was well cast in her role as Clarissa, Lance's daughter. Lillo Brancato who I loved in Bronx Tale, seemed to be going through the motions. I didn't find Cuba Gooding Jr. a good fit for his role as a Draven the undercover cop. The movie is a little slow at first but it comes around in the end. I liked the ending, though most romantics might not. If you have the chance to see it I would recommend doing so. I give this movie a 7.5 out of 10.

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Release Date:

24 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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