Thursday, July 27, 2017

Deadfall (1993)

Director: Christopher Coppola

Writers: Christopher Coppola, Nick Vallelonga

Composer: Jim Fox

Starring: Michael Biehn, Sarah Trigger, Nicolas Cage, James Coburn, Peter Fonda, Charlie Sheen, Talia Shire, J. Kenneth Campbell, Michael Constantine, Marc Coppola, Micky Dolenz, Brian Donovan, Renee Estevez, Ted Fox, Angus Scrimm

More info: IMDb

Tagline: ...The ultimate con

Plot: After he accidentally kills his father, Mike, during a sting, Joe tries to carry out Mike's dying wish by recovering valuables that Mike's twin brother Lou stole from him years earlier. But Uncle Lou is also a confidence artist, and Joe is soon drawn into his increasingly dangerous schemes.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

OK, so there are a lot of reasons why you need to see this and it begins and ends with Nicolas Cage.  Yeah, this is the worst performance I've ever seen from Michael Biehn but it's a lot of the cats around him that make this the fun ride that it is.  Geez, he's so bland and his narration is just awful.  Anyway, you've got Angus Scrimm is channeling Sydney Greenstreet (the fat man from CASABLANCA (1942) and he's nailing it!  I actually liked Martin Sheen for a change.  He's very cool and smooth.  Blink and you'll miss Peter Fonda.  James Coburn is all through this and he's just a class act no matter how you slice it.  I love that guy's work. But the biggest you've-gotta-see-this-'cause-of is Nicolas Cage.  He's batshit bonkers and he steals every scene he's in.

See?  The story is fine and fast so it feels like you're in and out pretty fast.  The ending is satisfying, too.  The low IMDb reviews are ridiculous.  It's actually a good deal of fun and there are so many familiar faces that you'll be entertained by them alone.  Check this one out.

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