Off Limits (1988)




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Set in Vietnam during the height of the war, this murder mystery centers on the attempts of two disparate military investigators assigned to learn which Army officer has been killing Saigon hookers.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Willem Dafoe
as Buck McGriff
Gregory Hines
as Albaby Perkins
Amanda Pays
as Nicole
Kay Tong Lim
as Lime Green
Scott Glenn
as Col. Dexter Armstrong
Keith David
as Maurice
Raymond O'Connor
as Staff Sgt. Flowers
Fr. Buncha
as Bishop
Hoang Nga
as Vietnamese Interpreter
Richard Lee Reed
as Col. Sparks
Woody Brown
as Copilot
Kenneth Siu
as Ploughboy
Viladda Vanadurongwan
as Sister Agnes
Nguyen Kim Hoa
as Sapper's Mother
Norah Elizabeth Cazaux
as Mother Superior
Boonchai Jakraworawut
as ARVN Interpreter
Piathip Kumwong
as Dragonlady
Piathip Khumwong
as Dragonlady
Prae Petchompoo
as Francine
Louis Roth
as Captain
Kanya Wongsawasdi
as Nguyen Tri Quan
Kamsine Spinog
as Gen. Vin
Ken Siu
as Ploughboy
"Arm" Suvinit Pornvalai
as V.C. Taxi Driver
Father Buncha
as Bishop
Coconut Kid
as Dead Whore's Baby
Look Nam
as Whore #1
Pradit Prasartthong
as VC Prisoner
Pravit Piyasirikul
as VC Prisoner
Tawan Mahathavorn
as VC Prisoner
Teerapat Tanapum
as Bar Band
Praput Puuyatip
as Bar Band
Trachi Chaivan
as Bar Band
Thommas Pestony
as Bar Band
Jean Phuturoj
as Vietnamese Interpreter
Somboun Phuturoj
as Vietnamese Interpreter
Elizabeth Nguyen Thi
as Vietnamese Interpreter
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Critic Reviews for Off Limits

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

An explosive picture! Dafoe is typically great

October 25, 2008

The overseas setting of this whodunit fails to offset what is basically a lackluster story peopled by unsavory characters.

August 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

A noteworthy detective thriller set against a Vietnam war backdrop. Dafoe and Hines investigate a slew of prostitute murders in Saigon.

March 19, 2003

The acting was flat, the story was trite, and the suspense was marginal.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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July 28, 2005

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October 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Off Limits


This was the second half of a DVD double feature and I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but it turned out to be a very watchable murder mystery set in Saigon during the Vietnam war. Worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

The only good thing I can say about this movie is its a cop movie set in Vietnam but other then that, Thats it.Within the 1st 10 minutes of the movie I figured out who the killer was.Yay for me

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer


"Off Limits" was a very entertaining, suspenseful, and all around fun action packed mystery. This movie truly kept me on the edge of my seat, and both Willem Dafoe and Gregory Hines were great in this movie. Basically Dafoe and Hines play Army police officers during the Vietnam War in Saigon. A murder of a prostitute takes place, and the two cops find out that it's related to similar murders at different times, and the person who killed these women is high-ranking. So the whole film is like "catch the bad guy" and in this film it works very well. It was just really fun to watch these two actors try to solve the mystery. Some scenes are a little ridiculous in the drama, for instance some co-stars might have really atrocious acting skills, but other than that everything was alright in the acting department. Basically what I'm saying is, that Dafoe and Hines were great, but it was a tossup for the rest of the cast. I really liked the action in this film. A lot of the car chases and what have you, are filmed extremely well. The camera is placed perfectly in a lot of these scenes, making it easy for me to stay attentive, and have a lot of fun with it at the same time. This mixed in with some good dialogue from Dafoe and Hines (not the ridiculous lines by the rest of the cast..) made the movie very entertaining for me. So all in all, "Off Limits" was a pretty good movie. There were a couple of ridiculous moments, and some really cheesy moments, but overall the film kept me entertained, and I had a fun time with the chemistry of the characters.

Ben Farber
Ben Farber

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