In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders
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Michael Gross, David Soul, Ronny Cox. An official case file is dramatized in this thriller as it recounts the activities of two FBI agents who track down a couple of vicious killers in Miami in 1988, culminating in one of the bloodiest shootouts in FBI history. 1988/color/95 min/NR/fullscreen.
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The chaos and protracted nature of the final shootout is well-portrayed. Those FBI agents were really out on a limb with only enough firepower for one quick exchange of gunfire, while the robbers were well-trained ex soldiers with military-style weapons, mags taped together for a fast reload.
The film was weakened by slow pacing and weak characterizations. However the dominant bad guy was nuanced, gently teaching his stepson basketball, when not busy sadistically pumping bullets into helpless wounded victims on the ground.
No situational awareness was displayed by the law abiding solitary shooters, intent on target practice in remote swamps, assuming they were alone, wearing ear muffs, totally focused on their targets. Sneaking up on them and murdering them was how the bank robbers acquired getaway cars that couldn't be traced to them, without leaving any witnesses who could describe the robbers' faces or car.
I found out about this tv movie while looking up movie shootouts on youtube. I quickly got interested after seeing the big name stars like Ronny Cox, Michael Gross, Bruce Greenwood and David Soul. I watched what I could find out on this tv movie and wanted to see it! So brand new I got it and I liked it! However I wish the movie had a back story for Willie and Matix as the two don't say much about there past. Over all a good movie with not many dark parts cut out.
You'll never see Michael Gross and David Soul the same way again - they are THAT GOOD in this film as two criminals that have absolutely no remorse for their actions. All that play the FBI agents are excellent as well, plus Bruce Greenwood in a very early role. A classic crime film - that it was a tv-movie makes it even more of an oddity and statement of past American tv culture. Those times are long gone, folks.