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Trespass (1992)



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Maverick director Walter Hill, who had a big hit with 48 Hrs., indulges his customary yen for violent and disturbing scenes in this overlooked action film, which was also released under the name Looters. Set in the economically-depressed town of East St. Louis, IL, the film's release was delayed several months because its riot scenes were too similar to those that actually took place in the summer of 1992 in L.A. Bill Paxton plays Vince and Bill Sadler plays Don. They are a couple of good-old-boy firefighters who are tipped off that some stolen gold treasures have been hidden in an old warehouse. They find and enter the building but witness a brutal murder. The gangland killing is part of a turf battle between two rival drug lords. When one of them finds out that the firemen have seen the execution, he orders the witnesses murdered. But they have found the treasure and have kidnapped one gang leader's brother. An elaborate and violent series of skirmishes and chases ensue. Rapper-actors Ice-T and Ice Cube have roles as leading gang members.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis
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On DVD: May 11, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as King James
Ice Cube
as Savon
Art Evans
as Bradlee
James Pickens Jr.
as Police Officer Reese
L. Warren Young
as Police Officer Foley
Hal Landon Jr.
as Eugene DeLong
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Critic Reviews for Trespass

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

There's something bracing about the utter amorality of Trespass.

Full Review… | July 25, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

In a season dominated by bloated blockbuster wannabes, it's easy to respond to the lean-and-mean B-movie pleasures of Trespass.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Director Walter Hill's handling of the action is fluid and kinetic, making the film a pleasure to watch for the expertness of its craft.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

For the undemanding, it may seem a fair stand-off; but compared to Hill's best work, it's merely a jerk-off.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Everything in the screenplay seems arbitrary, including the firefighting jobs assigned to the two would-be treasure-seekers. They could as easily be magazine salesmen or amateur songwriters.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's mindlessly violent, profane and insultingly racist. It's also relentless, repetitious and tiresome, and leaves us feeling that a once-great director has run out of ammunition.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Trespass

Directed by action maestro Walter Hill and with a lead role for Bill Paxton this sounds like a great combination. Alas this turns out to be a very by the numbers thriller that can't really muster up anything overly exciting.

The film is quite similar to another thriller by the title of 'Judgment Night' plot wise. Some out of town blue collar guys get themselves into a difficult situation with a local gang or hoods. In this film the two men are trapped within an old vacant building whilst looking for some lost stolen treasure while in the other film some men are lost and trapped within a broken down dodgy neighbourhood.

The problem with this film is the bad guys, a gang made up of stereotypical cliched black hoods that are covered in bling and can't speak proper English. The casting has big names admittedly and includes most well known black character actors but for some reason Hill chose to cast Ice-T and Ice Cube...oh dear. Needless to say the acting from this pair is dire and ruins any potential tension whenever they are on screen.

Overall there isn't really much tension a tall frankly, not enough to make you care whether Paxton or Sadler (good guys) make it out alive or not. Its an old film now yes so you could excuse the predictable obligatory stuff that's included, you know Sadler is the unhinged guy that will crack through gold fever (the lost stolen items) and you know all the hoods will turn on each other. Ice Cube makes that rather obvious the moment he utters his first words.

Reasonably entertaining but lacking real bite. The reason 'Judgment Night' was so cool was down to the great casting of Leary as the main bad guy, this similar film is missing that key casting. Paxton is limp, Sadler is better as a villain and action is AWOL. The ending is slightly unique in the fact it doesn't end as you would think, doesn't make it any better though.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Directed by Walter Hill, written by Robert Zemeckis, starring Bill Paxton,
Ice Cube, Ice T, and Bill Sadler. Don't mind if I do.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


I remember watching this on tv a long time ago in school. Staying up late and not watching everything as I fell asleep. Great film then, not sure about now.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

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