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Persons Unknown (1996)

When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Jim Holland
Kelly Lynch ... Amanda
Naomi Watts ... Molly
J.T. Walsh ... Cake
Xander Berkeley ... Tosh
Jon Favreau ... Terry
Channon Roe ... Lewis
Christian J. Meoli ... Prancer (as Christian Meoli)
Antoni Corone ... Vixen
Jimmy Ortega ... Comet (as Jim Ortega)
Michael Nicolosi Michael Nicolosi ... Blitzen
Sonny Carl Davis ... Jimmy
Don Blakely ... Marty
Brian J. Williams ... Mott
Brent J. Williams Brent J. Williams ... Old Man
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When former cop and current security expert Jim Holland has a one night stand with Amanda after getting in her way roller-blading. That introduction turns out to be a well thought out plan by Amanda and her sister Molly, to obtain security codes to office of a client. The girls and their cohorts rob his client and stash the loot. All the while, detective Jim has been following them and he grabs the money for himself. Then his conscience gets the best of him and he falls in love with Molly. His client turns out to be drug dealers and he's forced to risk his life to protect Molly and Amanda. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Rated R for violence, language, some drug content and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Astathmitos paragontas See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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One of three films starring both Joe Mantegna and J.T. Walsh. They also appeared in House of Games (1987) and Things Change (1988). The mentioned films were directed by David Mamet, who gave roles to both actors in his stage play "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1984. See more »

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Jim Holland: [looking at Amanda's arms] Giving blood?
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Moody noir with character
16 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Ex-cop Jimmy has a one night stand with Amanda but begin to suspects that she had alterative motives when he notices his files have been moved. He begins to follow her and finds that she is part of a gang planning a robbery on a garage. When they carry out the robbery, Jimmy steals their money from storage. When the gang begin to turn up dead Jimmy offers to help Amanda and her sister, however with the drug runners, DEA and a corrupt cop on their trail he finds it a difficult proposition.

The story is not out of the ordinary, robbery goes wrong followed by double cross after double cross. However it is still quite clever and compelling. This is mainly due to the good characters in the film and the back story they have. The action is good as well but it is the back story and complexities of Jimmy, Amanda and Molly that make the film that bit more interesting.

Joe Mantegna has class in bucket loads and is great here as the alarm installer with a past. Kelly Lynch is a bit hammy as Amanda but is good for the majority. Watts as Amanda's sister Molly is also good with a strong character. Strong support also comes in quality form from the like of Xander Berkley and J.T. Walsh.

Overall this is a moody noir that draws strength from it's strong characters. The story may not be too different from the standard noir plot but it is delivered in a dark fashion.


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