Most Wanted (1997)



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Actor, comedian, and talk show host Keenen Ivory Wayans stars in his own action thriller screenplay about a Gulf War hero who is the patsy in a frame-up. David Glenn Hogan directed this tale of a massive manhunt through the streets of Los Angeles. Sgt. James Dunn (Wayans) is framed for the assassination of the First Lady. Trapped in a conspiracy of revenge and deceit, he must clear his name before he is spotted by the viewers of America's Most Wanted (hence the movie title). Dunn relies on his own survival skills and expert military training to elude those in pursuit, including corrupt Army superiors plus members of virtually every police and government agency. To expose the real killers, Dunn must kidnap an eyewitness (Jill Hennessey) with a videotape of the assassination. But even with the evidience he needs and a hostage complicating matters, he still must deal with a key obstacle-a $10 million bounty on his head.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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New Line Home Entertainment

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Keenen Ivory Wayans
as Sgt. James Dunn
Jon Voight
as Casey-Woodward
Jill Hennessy
as Dr. Victoria Constantini
Paul Sorvino
as Rackmill
Eric Roberts
as Spencer
Robert Culp
as Donald Bickhart
Wolfgang Bodison
as Capt. Steve Braddock
Simon Baker
as Stephen Barnes
Michael Milhoan
as SWAT Leader
Lee de Broux
as Commander Goldstein
David Groh
as TV Station Manager
John Diehl
as Police Captain
Donna Cherry
as First Lady Bonnie Anne Hartfield
Thomas G. Waites
as Sergeant
Michael Marich
as Omega No. 3
Dave Oliver
as Lt. Scruggs
Eddie Velez
as Sgt. Peyton
Robert Kotecki
as Marine Lieutenant
Rick Cramer
as Bus Guard No. 1
Kenn Whitaker
as Bus Guard No. 2
Tucker Smallwood
as Police Chief William Watson
Amanda Kravat
as Charlie
Mario Vitale
as Bartender
Ping Wu
as Patrolman
Andy Hogan
as Video Tech
Casey Lee
as Randy
Richard Noyce
as Policeman in Hospital No. 1
Jerry Rector
as Policeman in Hospital No. 2
Chris Geier
as Laundry Orderly
Sasha Foo
as Newscaster
Karen Folkes
as Checkpoint Officer
Martin Grimes
as Hot Dog Vendor
Benny Moore
as Man on Street
Kaye Wade
as Grocery Woman
L.V. Sanders
as Gangbanger No. 1
Tito Larriva
as Gangbanger No. 2
Michael D. Roberts
as Homeless Man
Vernon P. Thompson
as Homeless Camp Police Officer
David Basulto
as Library Security Guard
Melanie van Betten
as VA Hospital Clerk
Mitchell Marchand
as Card Player No. 1
Antonio T. Arnold Jr.
as Card Player No. 2
Ernie Banks
as Card Player No. 3
Brian Macon
as CIA Agent
Christine Devine
as Hearing's Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Most Wanted

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

Blandly generic and transparently derivative, pic appears to have been cobbled together from bits and pieces of earlier, better thrillers.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Top Critic

Keenen Ivory Wayans ... is said to have done some of the research for his story on the Internet, which is just one more reason to fear the influence of this technological monster.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Quite simply, Most Wanted is hack work, from every word of Wayans' screenplay to every exposed frame of David Glenn Hogan's direction.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Wayans ... has the physique for action heroics, but he has the soul of a comedian.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

...just another generic action flick.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Aside from a quirky performance by Jon Voight and a couple of well-executed action sequences, there's little to distinguish this Keenen Ivory Wayans production from dozens of other assassination-conspiracy thrillers.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Most Wanted


The professional reviewers don't like this movie as it is just another framed action film. That may be true, but at least it was interesting to watch.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

This is a pretty decent action film. As an action movie it wasn't exciting enough. It also failed in an attempt to be a thriller. It really only succeeded in showing that dog food bags can be potential bombs.

Steven Vincent Gee
Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer

This is a pretty decent action film, not heard of it before but it's pretty good if it was a straight to DVD release. The first 10 minutes are almost identical to Shooter released this year and the story is very similar. If you enjoyed that you should like this......any film with Jon Voight as the bad guy is worth watching!!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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