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Product Description

Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is the best special effects artist in showbiz. But this time it's not the studios seeking him out.... it's the Justice Department. His assignment: to stage an assassination of an important underworld witness. And after he pulls the illusion off making the informant disappear Rollie is dumbfounded to learn that he's being pinned for the murder! Double-crossed and now hunted by those who hired him, Rollie quickly learns that he can trust no one ... and that the only thing left that can save his life is his unequaled mastery of illusion!

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This action packed movie features Golden Globe Winner Brian Dennehy as well as Golden Globe Nominees Brian Brown and Diane Venora.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, Bryan Brown, Diane Venora
  • Directors: Robert Mandell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: TGG Direct, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00555M7K6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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I actually forgot how good the original F/X was until i watched it recently
It's a solid well made small budget film that's better then most action films as of late
Production Companies: Orion Pictures and Dodi Fayed - Jack Wiener along with a Budget: $10,000,000
and Director Robert Mandel you get F/X

The Cast is very good:
Bryan Brown ( 'Rollie' Tyler) he's somewhat of a forgotten Australian actor he's extremely good in this role I could do without the scene with him in his tighty whities packing a major bulge though!
Brian Dennehy (Lt. Leo McCarthy) Dennehy is awesome in this film he is such a great actor
Diane Venora (Ellen Keith) I really liked her performance i wish they didn't kill her off in such a tragic way
Cliff De Young (Martin Lipton) You have the dad from Disney's Flight of the Navigator being a very shady "bad" guy
it's a bit off putting but, it's a slick performance until he up and disappears from the film
Mason Adams (Col.
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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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Format: DVD
You have a special effects guy (Brown) that everyone knows is a genius, the best alive. He is fine and busy professionally, then is asked to do a public service for the FBI, whose team of operatives have a supreme mafia baddie they want to "kill" for purposes of witness protection. There is also a difficult, embittered cop (Dennehy) out to get the mafia baddie after having spent much of his career chasing him. Suddenly the f/x guy finds himself in way over his head, in danger of getting killed himself but unsure who, if anyone, he can trust. What does he do? He plots a revenge in just the way that throws everyone off by their assumptions, their perceptions, such as the sounds that he can emit in a house to make people think he isn't where he is or the mirror he sets up in a doorway. Perfect illusions, but used in ways that nobody would be able to guess - unless they had time to think instead of immediately react. And it is executed to perfection.

This is a promising plot as the viewer cannot guess what he is really doing either, until after a spectacular coup that is also funny. Now, this was in danger of seeming silly, particularly in that nothing goes wrong but goes according to plan, so the producers got absolutely first rate actors to get the viewer to believe them, and for the time I watched the film, believe them I did, especially with the anger that both the f/x impresario and the cop feel. And in the end only the cop figures out how the f/x guy is operating, adding a wonderful twist. It is truly masterful suspense and the pace and surprises come so fast that you don't have time to doubt them. It is great movie-making, like a film noire, to be enjoyed and not picked apart too much.

Seeing this for the second time, it worked admirably well.
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