Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom.
Sarah Jessica Parker,
When a family is held hostage, former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley arrives at the scene. Talley's own family is kidnapped and Talley must decide which is more important: saving a family he doesn't even know or saving his own family.
Serena Scott Thomas
An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.
John Smith is an amoral gunslinger in the days of Prohibition. On the lam from his latest (unspecified) exploits, he happens upon the town of Jericho, Texas. Actually, calling Jericho a town would be too generous--it has become more like a ghost town, since two warring gangs have 'driven off all the decent folk.' Smith sees this as an opportunity to play both sides off against each other, earning himself a nice piece of change as a hired gun. Despite his strictly avowed mercenary intentions, he finds himself risking his life for his, albeit skewed, sense of honor....Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In the movie tie-in novel, which like most tie-in books, is based off of the original screenplay before it is rewritten into a final draft for the film. Two key changes from the novel/first screenplay and the final film are: 1. Instead of the owner of the Red Bird being a man named Joe Monday, it was a middle-aged woman named Dixie Monday. 2. There is an additional explanation as to why Smith was passing through Jericho other than the stated reason in the film of him heading to Mexico as an outlaw on the run. He went to Jericho looking for an associate who was supposed to meet Smith and give him fake IDs to help him escape. The man in the coffin in the window of the Undertaker's Parlor was supposed to be that contact. He had gotten himself killed by Doyle's men. See more »
At the very beginning of the movie there is a shot of Smith driving towards town and there is nothing but desert. In the next scene we see power poles following the road into town.
The power for Jericho comes from gas generators (Smith's conversation with the bartender); Jericho is in the middle of nowhere. The poles shown only extend so far and their sole purpose is to provide light just so far out-of-town because the town has few resources. See more »
It's a funny thing. No matter how low you sink there's still a right and wrong. You always end up choosing. You go one way so you can try to live with yourself. You go the other, you'd still be walkin' around, but you're dead and you don't even know it.
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This is simply what the above headline states: an ultra-violent movie done is stylish cinematography. Walter Hill, a nasty director who does this sort of thing (violent, profane films but usually with great visual appeal) did it in spades on this one. This is testosterone gone berserk.....and very entertaining.
Actually, I enjoy watching this film and don't apologize for it, although it has no "redeeming qualities." However, I love the old-fashioned narration, here done by Bruce Willis in great Mickey Spillane/Mike Hammer-style, the period in which it's done (1930s) and the great colors in here. Love those orange colors!! This looks tremendous on DVD with a good flat-screen set.
If I'm feeling in the need of seeing a violent crime film, this usually fills the bill. It's a fun flick. I could do worse.
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