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A former L.A. drug dealer has moved to Houston to make a new life for himself as a married architect…

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.1/10 (7,574 voted)

Skip Woods

Stars: Thomas Jane, Aaron Eckhart, Paulina Porizkova

A former L.A. drug dealer has moved to Houston to make a new life for himself as a married architect. Everything falls apart when he is suddenly visited by one of his former cohorts who comes carrying heroin. Discovering the dope, the architect flushes it down the drain. This sets up a series of tough customers seeking the dope including a Rasta hit-man, an ex-lover Dallas who ties him up and rapes him, a criminal called Billy with a penchant for torture, and a rogue cop.


Thomas Jane


Aaron Eckhart


Paulina Porizkova


James LeGros

Billy Hill

(as James Le Gros)

Paula Marshall


Michael Jeter

Dr. Jarvis

Glenn Plummer


Mickey Rourke


Luck Hari


Bari K. Willerford


Richard Wong

Mr. Wong

Shawn Michael Howard


Gary Dourdan


Brian Hooks


Jeff Sanders

Ballpean's Bodyguard

They say the past always catches up with you. This could be the day.

Release Date: 25 September 1998

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: £2,492
(1 October 1998)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $8,095

Technical Specs


(theatrical version)
(director's cut)


The amount of blood on Casey's face when he is tied to the chair is different in almost every cut.


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User Review

As classic as Pulp Fiction

Rating: 8/10

As I stated earlier this year, in my review of Swordfish (which was
by this films writer/director/producer Skip Woods) this is a good film. It
ranks very high up there in my crime flick list among Lock Stock & Two
Smoking Barrels, Pulp Fiction and Snatch. Basically I think this film is
me what Reservoir Dogs was for many people – a cult classic – although I
prefer to compare it with Pulp Fiction. I mean I never liked Tarantino's
first effort a lot, but I sure as hell liked this one as much as I like
Fiction, for it simply has everything a classic needs. A great story and
good actors. OK the budget might be not as big as in for instance
The Avengers of Mission to Mars but it sure as hell beats the living crap
out of those films (and numerous others).

The story of this film, is about a man named Casey (Thomas Jane), who has
settled down with his wife in Houston. Unexpectedly an old friend of his
comes by disrupting his life, revealing his secrets and basically making
day a living hell (and a bloody one too).

The film is very original and quite bloody / sexually tinted. So based on
that first and that last quality I can assure you that if you like this
film, you'll also like Swordfish, which of course has a much bigger budget
and more famous faces than this one but is just as good (though not as
bloody and not quite as sexually tinted). I saw this film for the second
time last night and I really enjoyed it (again). I mean all the characters
and actors are good, although I must give very big credits to Thomas Jane
and Paulina Porizkova, who were the best actors (and had the best
characters) in the film. Also I'd have to thank Skip Woods for being so
imaginative and original. Brutal, sexual, offensive??? Maybe, but sure as
heck enjoyable and a thrill ride to the end.

8 out of 10