Search and Destroy (1995)




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Martin Mirkhein (Griffin Dunne) is a failed entrepreneur trying to figure out how to pay a huge tax bill to the State of Florida when he gets a brainstorm -- Daniel Strong, the inspirational men's movement novel by New Age philosopher Luther Waxling (Dennis Hopper), would make a great film. Never mind that Mirkhein doesn't know a thing about making movies -- he decides that this film is his destiny, and he heads out with his girlfriend/personal assistant/aspiring screenwriter Marie (Illeana Douglas) to visit Waxling's representatives, who don't react with much enthusiasm when Mirkhein suggests that he'd like them to give him the film rights as well as the money to produce the movie. In search of financing, Mirkhein finds himself working with Kim Ulander (Christopher Walken), a businessman who doesn't mind if people think he's a gangster (and boy, is he something at karaoke night!), and Ron (John Turturro), a second-rate hood with a severely impaired fashion sense. The first directorial effort from artist David Salle, Search and Destroy was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who also plays a small role as a tax agent. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Griffin Dunne
as Martin
Dennis Hopper
as Dr. Waxling
Ethan Hawke
as Roger
Martin Scorsese
as The Accountant
Jason Ferraro
as Young Daniel Strong
Robert Knepper
as Daniel Strong
Linda Wahl
as Party Guest
Randy Pearlstein
as Desk Clerk
Vincent Angell
as Security Guard
Tanya Pohlkotte
as Kim's secretary
Tanya Polkhotte
as Kim's Secretary
Karole Armitage
as Red River Valley Dancer
Dan Hedaya
as Tailor
Ken Simmons
as Nunez
Angel David
as Pamfilo
Frank Girardeau
as State trooper
Tahnee Welch
as Dead World girl
Tanya Pohlkotte
as Kim's secretary
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Critic Reviews for Search and Destroy

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Artist David Salle makes a disappointing feature debut with a misconceived satire that poorly directed and is not much helped by a dream cast of eccentric indie actors

Full Review… | December 3, 2006
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Search and Destroy


Actually I only watched this movie because Christopher Walken is in it. Never seen Walken play a role like that was entertaining. You get to see Walken sing and dance too. ;-) My favorite scene in the movie would be the "FUCK MIAMI" scene. John Turturro was hilarious in it. :)))

Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith

The main character is completely unlikable, but the supporting cast are all great. Highlights include anything Walken does, who plays a successful business man who has a midlife crisis and starts shooting everyone for no reason.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Hilarious & fascinating.

Leo L
Leo L

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