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(1999) (Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda) (R)

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Drama: A British ex-con travels to Los Angeles looking for answers about his daughter's death and possible vindication against those responsible.
Dave Wilson (TERENCE STAMP) is a British ex-con who's received word that his daughter, Jenny (MELISSA GEORGE), has died of possibly mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles. Arriving in the city of angels, Wilson seeks out one of his daughter's friends, Ed (LUIS GUZMAN), who informs him of Jenny's activities and associates before her death.

Working from the gut feeling that she was murdered, Wilson learns that she "bunking" with Terry Valentine (PETER FONDA), a successful rock n roll record producer who attained his fame and fortune in the 60s. Still living the good life in his cliffside estate, he's already seemingly replaced Jenny with his latest "sweet young thing," Adhara (AMELIA HEINLE).

After Wilson has a lethal encounter with some of Valentine's associates, the producer hears of Wilson's battle cry, "Tell him I'm coming," and becomes even more paranoid than he already naturally is. His right-hand man, Jim Avery (BARRY NEWMAN), however, tells him not to worry, that nobody can link anything to him.

Wilson then meets another of his daughter's friends, former actress and voice coach, Elaine (LESLEY ANN WARREN), who gives him more useful information. From that point on, Wilson continues his quest of hunting down Valentine while dealing with Avery and Stacy (NICKY KATT), a hitman hired to eliminate the determined Brit.

Unless they're fans of someone in the cast or of director Steven Soderbergh ("Sex, Lies and Videotape," "Out of Sight") it's extremely unlikely.
For violence and language.
  • TERENCE STAMP plays a British ex-con who wants to enact revenge upon those responsible for his daughter's death. Along the way he kills many people, smokes a lot and cusses.
  • PETER FONDA plays a successful rock n roll record producer with a penchant for young women who's responsible for Jenny's death. He's also involved in other criminal activity.
  • LESLEY ANN WARREN plays a friend of Jenny's who briefly uses strong profanity.
  • LUIS GUZMAN plays another friend and former criminal who uses profanity and smokes while helping Wilson track down his prey.
  • BARRY NEWMAN plays Valentine's right-hand man and enforcer who will do anything -- be it trying to kill Wilson or hiring someone to do it -- to protect his boss. He also uses strong profanity.
  • AMELIA HEINLE plays Valentine's latest, young trophy girlfriend.


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    Here's a quick summary of the content found in this R-rated drama/suspense/thriller. Violence is extreme as many people are wounded or killed via gunfire (some off-screen, others on, both in reality and in a fantasy) often with bloody results. Other lethal and non-lethal violence is also present, while those scenes and others leading up to them may be suspenseful to some viewers.

    Profanity is extreme due to the use of more than 40 "f" words, while other profanities and colorful phrases are also present. Due to the violence and other behavior, the bad attitudes category also rates as an extreme, with the film's "hero" also being a murderous criminal seeking revenge on those responsible for his daughter's death. Some scantily clad women are present, as are some small ancient figures arranged in sexual poses, while a sexual joke is made.

    A heavy amount of smoking occurs as does some drinking, while we see some heroin being destroyed by DEA agents. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness, we suggest, as always, that you take a closer look at our more detailed content listings.

  • Ed states that Jenny would have drinks or smoke "a little pot."
  • Valentine has a drink.
  • People have drinks at one of Valentine's parties, including Wilson.
  • Valentine has a drink.
  • Valentine states that his recently killed bodyguard had drug problems.
  • Some guys in a pool hall drink beer.
  • We see packets of heroin being burned in barrels.
  • A flashback shows Wilson at a younger age drinking and smoking with others.
  • A flight attendant brings Wilson a drink on an airplane.
  • A man's mouth is a tiny bit bloody after Wilson has roughed him up, while Wilson's face is a bit bloody after similarly being beaten. After he shoots and wounds/kills several people, his face is covered with blood splatter.
  • Wilson fantasizes (which we see) about going into Valentine's party, pulling out a gun and shooting Terry (where we then see a bloody bullet hole). We then see another image where a shot hits Terry in the arm with blood squirting out from the impact. Another shows a small, bloody hole in Terry's forehead and lots of blood splattering out from the backside.
  • We see a bodyguard's dead body lying on some rocks below a balcony (from a distance) and then as it's pulled up in a stretcher.
  • A person who's been shot has some blood from their mouth as well as the bullet holes in them. Others who are shot in a long sequence of gunshots also have bloody wounds.
  • We see a dead body with blood around the head.
  • A person's ankle is bloody.
  • A man has blood on his hand in a flashback.
  • We see some slightly bloody gauze being applied to a man's wound.
  • Obviously those responsible for Jenny's death have extreme cases of both and we learn that Valentine is also working with criminals to launder their money (being their front man).
  • Wilson is an ex-con who does whatever it takes (including breaking more laws and killing people) to find out what happened to his daughter and who was responsible.
  • Wilson cuts through a chain link fence to enter private property (trespassing).
  • Valentine asks if it was "blacks" who killed some of his associates (it was Wilson), while Stacy later makes a comment about no blacks being involved in an undertaking.
  • Valentine lies to the police about what happened to his recently killed bodyguard (saying it was a drug- related suicide when in reality Wilson tossed the man over a railing to his death below).
  • Avery hires Stacy to kill Wilson for him.
  • A thug asks, "What's the smartest thing to come out of a woman's mouth? Einstein's c*ck."
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may also be suspenseful and/or unsettling to some viewers.
  • Stacy and his fellow hitman sneak up on Wilson and Elaine preparing to kill them.
  • An entire sequence where Valentine and his crew are holed up in his seaside home while Wilson lurks about around the perimeter and takes care of the guards one by one may be tense to some viewers.
  • Handguns: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill people (including in one of Wilson's fantasies). See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "F*ck me," "Give me a f*cking break," "Why don't you go f*ck yourself," "I don't give a sh*t," "Sh*t load," "P*ssy whipped," "Bitch," "Get the hell out of here," "Old fart," "Freak out," "Nuts" (crazy), "Screwed" (nonsexual), "Sad sack," "Pull it out your ass," "Fag," "Bullocks," "Geezer," "Scumbag," "Putz" and "Bugger."
  • Some students sell a gun to Wilson (literally under the table).
  • Wilson cuts through a chain link fence to enter private property (trespassing).
  • Ed has some tattoos.
  • We see that Wilson has lifted a government agent's i.d.
  • None.
  • A heavy amount of ominous/suspenseful music plays during the film (although it's not of the slasher/horror movie variety).
  • None.
  • At least 45 "f" words (1 used with "mother"), 18 "s" words, 5 slang terms involving male genitals ("d*ck," "c*ck" and "c*cks*cker"), 2 slang terms involving female genitals ("c*nt" and "p*ssy"), 1 slang term for breasts ("t*ts"), 7 asses (3 used with "hole"), 4 hells, 2 S.O.B.s, 1 use each of British slang terms "Bollocks" and "Bugger" and 4 uses of "God," 2 of "Jesus" and 1 use each of "Oh Jesus," "Jesus Christ" and "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • We see Adhara walk by in an extremely high-cut bathing suit (that shows a good portion of her bare butt).
  • We see a young woman taking off her clothes down to her bra and panties.
  • We see a classic-looking sketch of a nude woman on a wall.
  • Wilson sees a row of miniature antique figures arranged in sexual intercourse poses in Valentine's home.
  • We see Adhara with just a small towel wrapped around her after she's gotten out of the bathtub.
  • We see a woman in a skimpy bikini (showing cleavage).
  • A thug asks, "What's the smartest thing to come out of a woman's mouth? Einstein's c*ck."
  • Wilson smokes around ten times, Valentine smokes several times, while Jenny, Ed, Avery (cigar) and some minor characters also smoke.
  • Wilson must deal with his daughter's death.
  • Wilson mentions that Jenny's mother died when Jenny was just six, and that he was in prison for some of the time that Jenny was growing up.
  • Wilson's revenge motive and why audiences like to root for such characters and their ultimate goal, even when they're not the perfect hero.
  • Wilson cuts through a chain link fence to enter private property.
  • While looking for answers, Wilson takes a man's head and slams it down onto a desk. Other men come to the rescue of the first, hold Wilson back and let the first man repeatedly punch Wilson. Wilson then knees that first man in the gut or crotch, but when they find Wilson's gun, the first man holds it on Wilson and then punches him in the face.
  • We then see these men throw Wilson down to a platform outside their building and then repeatedly kick him before throwing him down to the ground. Wilson then removes another gun, goes back into the building (the camera stays outside) and shoots and presumably kills several of these men.
  • Wilson fantasizes (which we see) about going into Valentine's party, pulling out a gun and shooting Terry (where we then see a bloody bullet hole). We then see another image where a shot hits Terry in the arm with blood squirting out from the impact. Another shows a small, bloody hole in Terry's forehead and lots of blood splattering out from the backside.
  • In the background of a shot we see Wilson struggling with a burly bodyguard and then head-butting him and throwing him over the railing (where the man falls to his death -- we don't see the impact below).
  • Avery chases Ed and Wilson down a winding highway and then crashes his car into theirs. Once stopped, he pulls out a large shotgun-like weapon and fires several shots into their car. Wilson then backs up their car and smashes it into Avery's, pushing it over a cliff.
  • A man hits another man with a pool cue and a third then kicks that guy in the face.
  • Some men nearly execute two people, but are stopped and then hit and kicked by government agents.
  • We see that Wilson has subdued and then bound a bodyguard.
  • Avery spots someone at a window, fires his gun and strikes that person.
  • A person is shot in the hand and chest and a gun battle then breaks out between several people with one being hit in the leg and body. Another person is then shot.
  • A man grabs another man and the two struggle with the second trying to hit the first with a lamp. A woman then stabs something into the first man's back and he backhands her. The first man then continues after the second who fires shots at the first but misses.
  • A person falls and injures his ankle, resulting in some blood.
  • We see a flashback to a man struggling with a young woman that resulted in her death.

  • Reviewed September 24, 1999 / October 8, 1999

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