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  • Actors: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams
  • Directors: Robert Mandel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792845781
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In this riveting, high-energy suspense thriller, special effects wizard Rollie Tyler (Brian Brown) is enlisted by the Justice Department to stage what will be the most elaborate assignment of his lifetime--if it doesn't kill him first!

Customer Reviews

The suspense is almost palpable.
Israel Drazin
If you love action, suspense and a well told story, this is the movie for you.
Bill Bickley
This offers just enough detail to work, though its sequels did not.
Robert J. Crawford

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By PatrickO VINE VOICE on June 15, 2000
Format: DVD
Kind of surprising that such a popular and entertaining film, with a good cast, clever story and fun effects, is givin such a poor transfer. It seems to be from the old laser disc. The picture is flat and murky and to me looks much like the VHS copy I had already owend. Again, a really fun entertaining film, but don't expect normal DVD quality on this one.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Batboy189 on May 19, 2004
Format: DVD
Me and my brother were flipping through the TV channels, and nothing was on, I mean nothing. Anyway we got to the Movie Channel (STAR Movies) and saw what looked like the opening credits, and then big blue words came across the screen reading "F/X." So we watched it, saw if it was any good. Let me say we were pretty surprised! It was pretty obvious that it was shot on a low budget. That made me like it all the more! Becuase you usually get a famous rich director and writers to put together a good action/suspense movie. But those movies, sience the director has alot of money he just figures he'll blow the hell out of everything. It gets pretty annoying. But that is what I love about this movie. Sense they didn't have a lot of money they kept the movie good was the writing and directing. Dispite the name (F/X) it is not what the movie reliys on. It relies on a smart plot and even smarter plot twists. You never know who the villian is. Plus the well mantled suspense is a plus. I cant say the biggest part of the plot, but I can sya what it starts with. This aussie dude who makes special FX for movies (hense the name) is assigned to stage an assination on a gang member (but not really kill him, just make it look like he got killed with his special effect tricks. But after that it just takes so many turns, it makes it into a fantastic whodunit. I reccomend this for anyone who enjoys a well written and directed whodunit that will keep you thinking and guesing till the last bullet is shot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norbert Cannon on July 31, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie rates 6 stars, however the DVD release is only rated at 1 star, so the average is 3. I really hate to say this, but MGM should be ashamed to release a DVD of this poor grade. A movie of this caliber deserves much better.

In 1998 Orion Pictures was going through some tough times when MGM decided to buy them. So, this truly historic film wasn't release on DVD till the year 2000. MGM must not care much about its Orion Pictures library because they used the same Analog master that Orion Pictures developed way back in 1987 for release on VHS!!! No real widescreen, just a letterbox 4.3 with stereo sound. The picture has poor contrast & low light levels, but it gets much worse if you have a Hi-Def Flat Screen TV because you have to "hit" zoom for the picture to fill your screen. When you do this, the picture loses what little detail it had. I'm just wondering if MGM does all of its Orion Pictures this way. In other words...this film has never been DIGITALLY REMASTERED for DVD.

This was the breakout movie for Bryan Brown, who plays the role of Rollie Tyler. A "Special Effects" expert that is set up & deceived by members of the "Witness Protection & Relocation" service. With sniper's after him & nowhere to go or hide....all he has is his F/X expertise to keep him alive. Brian Dennehy plays a police detective who spent 6 months going after a Mob Boss, only to see him released to the WPR & will stop at nothing to find him. This is one of Brain Dennehy's best acting roles ever, if not the best. Also stars Jerry Orbach (of "Law & Order" fame) as the ex-Mob Boss. The soundtrack to this film was preformed by The London Symphony Orchestra, & the closing credits song, "Just An Illusion" is one of the best sounding end songs I've ever heard!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ellis on April 23, 2002
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F/X was one of my favorite thriller of the '80s, a genuinely fun action film that takes itself just seriously enough to make its story credible but at the same time remains blissfully free of the delusions of grandeur that have led to so many overproduced, ultimately empty headed and painfully dull "thrillers" over the past couple of years. In short, F/X is the type of unpretentious, engaging film that could never be made by a Michael Bay or most of the other directors produced out of the Jerry Bruckhiemer School For Technocrats Who Like To Blow Things Up Real Good.
The always underrated australian actor, Bryan Brown, plays Rollie -- an independent special effects artist who specializes in creating gore effects for cheap horror and action films. Indeed, when we first meet him, he is working on a film that bares a hilarious resemblance to Brian DePalma's Scarface which, whatever its qualities, is most definitely represenative of the type of film that F/X strives not to become. Brown is recruited by an uptight but reassuringly paternal federal agent (Mason Adams) to help fake the death of a mobster (Jerry Orbach) about to go into the federal witness protection program. Once Brown agrees to help, he finds himself being targeted and pursued by mysterious killers who might be the government, might be the mob, or might be something else.
The film's main selling point is that, in order to protect his own life and clear his name once the police become convinced that he's a murderer, Brown is forced to rely on his expertise in hollywood special effects. While that certainly is true, it also makes the film sound a lot more gimmicky than it actually is. As opposed to its sequel, F/X never allows itself to become reliant solely on that gimmick.
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