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Dark Tides (1998)

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A young couple makes a surprising discovery while travelling in New England: a find of $500,000 in cash hidden inside a buoy near the seaside.


Bret Stern




Credited cast:
Beth Dixon Beth Dixon
Katherine Kendall
John Mese ... Ben
John Newton ... Don (as John Haymes)
Paige Turco ... Sara


While pulling lobster traps from the sea, fishing couple Sara and Ben recover a buoy containing half a million dollars. Ben hopes to use the money on booze and babes while Sara sees the cash as her ticket out of her unhappy marriage and miserable coastal village. Her masterplan: to kill Ben with the help of her lover and Ben's brother, Don. But her plan suffers a major glitch when the owner of the buoy returns to claim the loot. And he is not the only one after it, there's also a gang of heavily-armed mobsters and Kim the mob boss' mistress.

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Sprung A leak
2 December 2004 | by sol1218See all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Very confusing movie that covers all the bases, infidelity betrayal murder and a dark past, thats as muddled as the bottom of the bay where the suitcase of money was dumped in the film.

Two brothers Ben & Don as well as Ben's old lady Sara are out fishing one night and spot a light out at sea. Hiding in their boat with the light turned off they see something drooped into the water. When the other boat is gone they dredge out of the sea a suitcase that contains some $500,000.00 is stolen cash.

Ben who wasn't getting along that well with his wife Sara then goes to the local village bar and lives it up with his new found wealth which only draws attention to himself by the mobsters who deep sixth the suitcase. Ben's big mouth makes things not only hot for him but the hood, Quinlan, who hid and then lost the loot.

With the head mobster Sam who only seems to know three words in the English language, "Where's My Money!", as mad as hell to what happened to his money has Quinlan and his boys put on the hook to get the money back or else! Besides all this we see that the lovable couple Ben & Sara aren't exactly law-abiding citizens themselves.

It's not quite fully explained by the movie but it seems that Sara and Ben murdered her first husband Stu five years ago by shoving him down a flight of stairs. Sara made her husbands death look accidental by drenching him with a bottle of booze. The two lovebirds also collected a sizable amount of money from the insurance company that covered Stu's life.

Later this mysterious blond Kim shows up and again were not quite sure just who she is. It seems that she's Stu's daughter as well as Quinlan's wife or girlfriend and knows about Sara, from an old diary of hers, and Ben being responsible for the murder of her father.

The movie goes on with the on the lamb Quinlan getting hooked up with Sara in a plot to murder her husband Ben, who's always abusing her, and taking off with the cash that he has hidden in the couples house. Quinlan and Sara finish off Ben at sea and then sink the boat making it look, Ben's death, like it was a accident.

Back at the house both Sara and Quinlan realize that Ben hid the money too well for them to find and before you know it Sam's gang are at the house also looking for it and trying to do in Quinlan. The movie ends with a car and speedboat chase a shootout where both Quinlan and Ben's brother Don are killed and the crazed Sam is finally shot by his own men when they just had all that they could take from him bellowing "Where's My Money" every ten seconds with then Sara, who earlier found the missing $500,000.00, taken hostage by Kim.

Both Kim & Sara now airborne, Sara is an experienced pilot, and out of trouble seem to have gotten away with murder. Kim takes a swig out of a bottle of champaign to celebrate and we sense that as soon as the plane lands she'll knock off Sara and take the stolen money! What Kim doesn't know is that the champaign is laced with the deadly cleaner fluid Draino! And they say crime doesn't pay? it did for Sara in the movie "Dark Tides".

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