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A man opens a small-town bookstore in order to escape his connections to a mobster, but is reluctantly drawn back to his dark past by a mysterious woman.

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Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writer:

John Lau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Henstridge ... Crystal Ball
Angus Macfadyen ... Sam Kane
Liam Waite ... Tommy G
Norman Anstey Norman Anstey ... Hawthorne
Peter Fonda ... Merv Gutman
Ana Alexander ... Sheila (as Anna Katerina)
Andre Jacobs ... Harvey (as André Jacobs)
Pierre Malherbe Pierre Malherbe ... Nick the Noodle
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Doctor
Paddy Canavan Paddy Canavan ... Hardware Clerk
Anita Berk Anita Berk ... Nurse
Leonard Moss Leonard Moss ... Henchman
Benjamin Ajogri Benjamin Ajogri ... Henchman
Ian Page Ian Page ... Henchman
Lionel Swanson Lionel Swanson ... College Boy
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A tough guy named Tommy Gunn, with "kaos" tattooed on his neck, a beautiful blond named Crystal Ball who's struck by a car and can't remember her past, a sadistic scalpel-wielding mobster in Cleveland, a balding schmuck gambling in Las Vegas, a reclusive bookstore owner in a small coastal town who discourages customers, and the hit-and-run driver of the SUV that hits Crystal: what connects them? Sam, the bookstore owner, comes to Crystal's aid after the accident; an affair begins. When she's menaced by Tommy, Sam tries buying him off. As Crystal begins to remember her past, the question arises about Sam's: why is he in hiding? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A beautiful woman. A deadly scheme. A perfect murder.

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film noir boredom
11 December 2005 | by tvashtar2919See all my reviews

Standard mob story with pretty girl falling for the wrong guy. She ends up with amnesia and starts her life over with the guy who happened to be there. Lots of behind the scenes intrigue going on, with secrets being kept by everyone. Tough to tell who is scamming who, and just how we got to this point of payback. It all comes apparent in the end, but by then you really don't care. The characters do there lines okay, but not much to work with. He gets the pretty girl, but there is no spark and no reason to believe she would ever be with him. Maybe if they used different actors, then the emotion would have been better. Then we would try to believe the mystery or even bother to understand it. This looks like it could have been okay, but along the way it just ends up flat.


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Language:

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Release Date:

23 February 2001 (Brazil) See more »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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