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Joe Mantegna, J.T. Walsh. Security pro Jim Holland has a brief fling with Amanda, not knowing it's all a pre-arranged setup to get the security codes stored in Jim's office. Once Amanda and her crew pull the job on Jim's client, he figures out their plot-but falling in love was not part of his plan in this action thriller. 1996/color/99 min/R.

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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Joe Mantegna
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0NC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I give the actual movie 4 stars but the DVD 2 stars, hence the 3 star overall rating.

About the movie itself: I first watched this some years ago late night on HBO, apparently one of those straight to video movies. I was taken by it on first viewing, and since then, have seen it in part or whole numerous times as it also has aired on Showtime, Cinemax, TMC, back to HBO and so on, always on late nights and usually on weekends (these cable networks seem to pass this movie around like that girl who guys are only interested in when... well, you get the picture.)

OK, the plot is a standard crime movie with a botched heist, murders, betrayal, etc. Nothing you haven't seen before. And the villains, in this case Colombian drug dealers (that's new, eh?) are cliched. However, these plot elements are tangential to the main focus of the movie, which is on the relationship between Joe Mantegna and Naomi Watts' characters. Both have endured pain, loss and isolation from their respective tragedies, and find solace in each others' company and pain.

I found the dialogue and interaction between them to be very poignant and moving, especially in the way they reveal their past to each other. While Mantegna, a fine actor, probably has been better in other movies, he is still at the top of his game. And I've never seen Watts act better, either before or after this movie, even in her more lauded performances. She's never been more beautiful too.

Kelly Lynch also gives the performance of her career (granted, her career is not Meryl Streep's) as a very unstable heroin addict. J.T. Walsh and

Xander Berkeley also give solid performances. Jan Favreau, however, here very buffed out, is not very good.
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If you're a Naomi Watts fan, you will definitely enjoy this little noirish film, made during her pre-stardom days. She plays the part of paraplegic Molly, wheelchair-bound very young when her drunken sister (played by an excellent Kelly Lynch) crashed their car. The basic crime plot (the 2 sisters, with help, robbing a drug house of its cash) serves as a frame for a nice love story, as Joe Mantegna's character quickly falls in love with Molly. Much of the dialogue is stilted, and J. T. Walsh's sleazy police lieutenant is over the top, as is the drug cartel's hitman in the long black raincoat. But, through it all, Naomi excellently portrays a broken woman giving her all simply to hang on, and help her drug-addled sister. She tells her suitor, "I can't give you what you want." while her actions subtly show her growing attraction and trust in him. The ending, as in most noirs, is violent and tragic, but well worth sticking around for, and cemented Naomi Watts' creds, as far as I was concerned.
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Four MESMERIZING Stars. This noir-ish 1996 thriller has a great cast of rising stars and great character actors, starring one of my personal favorites, Joe Mantegna of "Godfather III" and TV's "Criminal Minds" fame, an excellent character portrayal by Naomi Watts who was a rising star destined for future Oscar nominations, an extended cameo by Jon Favreau destined to score big as actor/director/executive producer of the mega-hit "Ironman" movies, and Kelly Lynch giving a sensational scenery-chewing performance. Set in the area of Long Beach, California, Mantegna plays a hard-drinking, chain-smoking former LBPD detective in the security installation business who becomes aware of a big heist that is being planned. He is unwittingly a key factor in its execution after an encounter with Lynch's character. After the heist goes down, things go from bad to worst as Mantegna gets deeply involved and he's also deeply curious about one of the characters. It's a B movie, but it is elevated by the actors and director, and keeps you guessing about how it will end when the loose strings come together. Also co-starring two of Hollywood's great 'character actors': J.T. Walsh and Xander Berkeley, rounding out this superb cast. The movie is exactingly directed by George Hickenlooper, who makes a cameo appearance before the bar fight. The dreamy, perfect music score is by Ed Tomney. Much profanity and some gore, but Very Definitely Recommended to 'noir' fans, thanks mainly to Mantegna, Watts, and Lynch who turn in mesmerizing performances. It could become a cult classic. Four CAPTIVATING Stars! (Video Cassette and Amazon Prime movie, Color, Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes. Rated "R".)
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This is an obscure low budget film noir. Frankly I'm surprised it's so little known because (a) it has some fairly big-name actors, Joe Mantegna, Kelly Lynch, J.T. Walsh, all doing good work, but mostly (b) because it also stars a 27-year old Naomi Watts, well before her recent stardom. And Naomi OWNS this movie.

Jim Holland (Mantegna) is an ex-cop who lost his badge because he was on the pad, his marriage because he's an alcoholic, and is about to lose his security systems installation business for lack of work. One day a beautiful woman, Amanda Chenowith (Lynch) cons her way into his home and steals the plans for a security system. Jim tracks Amanda to find she and her wheelchair bound sister Molly (Watts) casing a drug house for a robbery.

Jim tracks the robbery crew after the job and, seeing where they've hidden the money, steals it in turn. Later realizing he's pretty much condemned the two women to death when the bad guys catch up with them, he has a change of heart and tries to save them instead. Rather, he does it because of Molly, with whom he's begun to fall in love. Or maybe it's more physical attraction and a sense of spiritual kinship with this broken woman. Whatever, it's compelling, and under its spell Jim risks his life to offer aid and shelter to two women who have some very bad people after them.

It's really Naomi Watts' portrayal of Molly that makes the film. Molly is a decent woman (not so decent, of course, she couldn't mastermind the robbery) who's had a hard life. Raised by a drug addicted, mentally disturbed mother, Molly is dedicated to caring for a prostitute sister who's a chip off the ol' maternal block, drug dependency/mental equilibrium-wise. Then into a wheelchair just to make things really fun.
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