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A painting is stolen from a building during a great fire and after it is recovered, the police finds inside a mysterious map. A police officer responsible for the case asks his brother (Stephen Baldwin), who is an antiques expert, to help him during the investigation. Analysing the paint and fabric, they find that the map belonged to Cristopher Columbus and the drawings in it refer to an old legend of a lost treasure. Besides unraveling the mysterious riddles, the police officer and his brother will have to fight off a violent gang pursuing the treasure as well. Written by
I am fascinated by this film. It has Made-For-TV all over it, but there is way too much money on the screen for that. Others here have flat-out panned this film as a waste of time and questioned how films like this get made. I would like to ask what was the context of this film's production? It certainly could not have been done for a US theatrical release with the cast used, yet the money spent on production places this WAY out of the range of an Indie filmmaker. So, this means it was either contracted for a major cable release and foreign sales. But I can't find evidence of either. If anyone knows, I would love to hear the details. There are some valuable lessons in film distribution embedded here - if only someone will take us behind the scenes!
BTW - many ripped the effects as being out of character with the story and second rate. I agree with out-of-character but there was a ton of money in some of those effects. It is almost like someone bought the negative of a major but obscure foreign production and mapped a story around some of the major scenes in the "other" film. That would explain why an art museum would have drums of gas in the basement. It would also explain how the "big stuff" got into a film with such a low budget look and cast.
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