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Deadfall (1993)




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Double-crosses mark this tale of a con man who joins his uncle to fleece a diamond dealer.

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Michael Biehn
as Joe Donan
James Coburn
as Mike Donan/Lou Donan
Charlie Sheen
as Martin Gripp
Angus Scrimm
as Dr. Lyme
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Critic Reviews for Deadfall

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Watchable only for camp value.

September 17, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Unpersuasive and shallow.

September 17, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Oh man! This is so bad!

September 10, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Deadfall

This film is awful. I mean Wicker Man awful. This dreadful piece of incompetent "filmmaking" earns its place right beside Battlefield Earth and Gigli. Populated with stars like Michael Biehn, Charlie Sheen, James Coburn, Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola's nephew, Christopher Coppola, Deadfall is a film noir with a plot that you can't possibly care about, scenes that add nothing to the story, and dialogue that tries really hard to mimic dialogue of films from the 1940s but ultimately is delivered by actors who look like they're reading from cue cards hidden behind the camera. There are two rewarding scenes, both of them involving Nicolas Cage overacting to the extreme. Cage plays a hustler named Eddie. Eddie is a ruthless criminal who has it out for anyone trying to double cross him. He isn't very smart though and is killed halfway through the film. *I include this spoiler as if you're watching this movie for Nicolas Cage's ridiculously awful performance, this is where you stop the film* Cage screams his way through the entire film and much of what he says is incoherent anyway. But his overacting is the only thing that makes this film worth watching. The plot is mainly about a con game, but it's one of those plots that move forward with too many scenes of people sitting down talking, and talking, and talking, and talking. However, nobody has anything interesting to say, and the dialogue is a really brutal attempt at wit, but it doesn't just fall flat, it's completely DOA. Deadfall is so boring you really want to turn it off and do something more productive like make a Starbucks run. Do yourself a favour. Cage's best scenes from this movie are on You Tube, and they're all actually from the same scene in the movie. Watch those off of your computer, have a few laughs, and don't even think about this amateurish, snooze-inducing excuse for a crime drama again.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

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