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Pressure (2002)

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Two med students on a road trip are falsely accused of murder by a corrupt local Sheriff, setting off a wild chase and a deadly comedy of errors. As they struggle to survive, every move the students make sends them deeper into trouble.

Director:

Richard Gale

Writers:

Richard Gale (screenplay), Craig Brewer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerr Smith ... Steve Hillman
Lochlyn Munro ... Patrick Fisher
Angela Featherstone ... Amber
Adrien Dorval ... Bo Cooper (as Adrian Dorval)
Michelle Harrison ... Sara Laughlin
Alistair Abell ... Agent Shepard
John Destry John Destry ... Olie Parks
Michael Kopsa ... Agent Frank Gruning
Simon Longmore ... Johnson
David Neale ... Simms
Nicole Oliver ... Jodi Marconi
Donnelly Rhodes ... Sheriff Cooper
Brad Sihvon Brad Sihvon ... Norman the Cameraman
Aeja Goldsmith Aeja Goldsmith ... Tracy
Brock Johnson Brock Johnson ... Bartender
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Storyline

On their way back from a conference, two medical school friends bump into a college cheerleaders contest in Oregon. Party animal Patrick Fisher insists on going until his buddy concedes to 'one beer', but dutiful Steve Hillman is the one who gets seduced by local Amber. Alas it's a trap; he gets robbed and her lover, Bo Cooper, beats him up and abuses him. Disgusted with himself Bo shoots himself - his father is the local sheriff. He has a terrible corrupt hold over the town and sets the boys up as wanted 'killers'. Only Steve's girlfriend and local paranoid civil rights-obsessed loner Olie Parks will still help them to contact the already suspicious FBI. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Trapped. Hunted. Innocent.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2009 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Adrenalina See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Patrick Fisher: [screaming with pain]
Steve Hillman: You just have to hold on. Hold on, captain. Hey, hey, come on, stay with me. Buddy, come on, you gotta tell me what hurts. Where's it hurt?
Patrick Fisher: Would you please help me!
Steve Hillman: Where does it hurt?
Patrick Fisher: All in my stomach.
Steve Hillman: Where?
Patrick Fisher: What?
Steve Hillman: Where? Which side?
Patrick Fisher: Here!
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Perfect Moment
Performed by Mary Griffin (as Mary Grffin)
Written by James Fenton Marr (as Jim Marr) and Wendy Page
©2000 Chrysalis Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission (p) 2000 Curb Productions, Inc.
Courtesy of Curb Productions, Inc.
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Absolutely no suspension of disbelief
31 January 2016 | by gaflick57See all my reviews

This film is absolutely camp, but unfortunately that doesn't make it funny, merely sad.

It might have been possible to take the story line and produce a film with some credibility; however, at every odd twist and turn of the plot, the actors betray their characters in a most unconvincing manner. It's like they fell from outer space into the movie frame not knowing the kind of analytical and reasoning skills required to be even a rotten med school student. And that's just one example.

There's very little dynamic tension (or should I say "pressure"), so that one often sees right through the action into the reality of the movie set. It's like watching a high school film project made on a single afternoon in the back yard, where the kids are trying to "act." On the technical side of things, location scouting, scenic design, cinematography, and editing actually are OK.

I understand that Pressure was short on a tiny budget and in only a couple of weeks, but that doesn't excuse the lack of directorial insight and skill underlying the whole project.


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