Succeeds because of Brown's charm (that accent!) and Dennehy's performance.
Enough bodies to fill the city morgue.
A special effects director is approached about staging a kill scene to help the police sneak someone into protective custody. The goal is to make the man look dead with real life witnesses; the problem, after the job is executed the police involved are gunned down, the guy going into protective custody is kidnapped, and the director is believed to be responsible. Can the director stay out of the cop's investigation and clear his name?
"Have a look in the crotch."
Robert Mandel, director of The Substitute, Perfect Whiteness, Touch and Go, Independence Day (1983), School Ties, A Season on the Brink, and The Secret Life of Zoey, delivers F/X. The storyline for this picture is okay and did have a strong 80s feel to it. The action and drama was well done but not outstanding. The acting was fairly good and the cast includes Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Mason Adams, and Martha Gehman.
"Nobody dies like you."
I grabbed this off HBOGO because I have historically heard so many good things about it. Unfortunately, I felt this was pretty average. I honestly think they would have been better off getting Michael Caine to play the lead role. Nevertheless, this was an entertaining film that had some clever twists and a worthwhile conclusion. This is far from a classic, but worth a viewing.
"No loose ends!"
The unsolicited screenplay was written by two novice writers, actor Gregory Fleeman and documentary filmmaker Robert T. Megginson. Producer Jack Wiener read their script, which was submitted as a low-budget television movie, and felt that it should be made into a theatrical release. Wiener and his co-producer Dodi Fayed hired Robert Mandel, an Off-Broadway director. They did not want to hire an action director, but instead wanted a director who would bring a realistic touch to the film and make the audience care about the main character. Mandel accepted the job because he wanted to dispel the perception that he was a "soft, arty director".Initially he was not impressed with the film's screenplay, which he felt was not well-crafted but felt that it provided for "a lot of action and a lot of things I did not have under my belt". In preparation for the film's action sequences, Mandel studied chase scenes from Bullitt and The French Connection. To pull off the film's special effects, the producers hired John Stears, who had worked on the first eight James Bond films and shared a special effects Academy Award for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
The movie was filmed during the summer of 1985 around New York City and in Rye, New York, as well as Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto locations included Sherway Gardens Mall in Etobicoke.
A preview screening in the San Fernando Valley produced some of the best statistics Orion Pictures had seen in some time. A week before its release, a film industry screening was very successful, as was its premiere at the United States Film Festival (later known as the Sundance Film Festival).
WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROGHOUT THIS MOVIE.....man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.....
the whole cast::
Bryan Brown as Roland "Rollie" Tyler
Brian Dennehy as Lt. Leo McCarthy
Diane Venora as Ellen
Cliff De Young as Martin Lipton
Mason Adams as Col. Edward Mason
Jerry Orbach as Nicholas DeFranco
Joe Grifasi as Mickey
Trey Wilson as Lt. Murdoch
Tom Noonan as Varrick
Jossie de Guzman as Marisa Velez (Police computer expert)
M'el Dowd as Miss Joyce Lehman
Roscoe Orman as Capt. Wallenger
Martha Gehman as Andy
Angela Bassett as TV Reporter (This is her feature film debut)
man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a good cast throughout this movie.....its got good car chases throughout this movie.....
Despite the studio's financial troubles, MGM announced in January 2010 that it planned a remake of F/X, with Robert Mandel directing. The new movie was originally slated for release in 2011.
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