F/X

Overview

A man who simulates death for a living finds himself unwittingly tied into the real thing in this New York-based suspense drama. Special-effects man Rollie Tyler Bryan Brown makes his living simulating gory mayhem and photogenic violence for movies such as "I Dismember Mama." Tyler is given a chance to expand his professional horizons when he's approached by Lipton Cliff De Young, who introduces himself as an FBI agent and makes an unusual proposal. Mob kingpin Nicholas DeFranco Jerry Orbach is willing to testify...
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Overview

A man who simulates death for a living finds himself unwittingly tied into the real thing in this New York-based suspense drama. Special-effects man Rollie Tyler Bryan Brown makes his living simulating gory mayhem and photogenic violence for movies such as "I Dismember Mama." Tyler is given a chance to expand his professional horizons when he's approached by Lipton Cliff De Young, who introduces himself as an FBI agent and makes an unusual proposal. Mob kingpin Nicholas DeFranco Jerry Orbach is willing to testify against his fellow gangsters, but the investigators are worried about his safety. Lipton wants Tyler to help him and his staff fake DeFranco's assassination; if everyone is convinced DeFranco is dead, people will be a lot less likely to look for him. Tyler grudgingly takes the assignment, and while he's able to realistically simulate DeFranco being shot in a crowded restaurant, after the "gag," he discovers that he's been double-crossed, and he's wanted for the murder of the man he just "shot." Tyler hides out with his girlfriend, Ellen Diane Venora, but he realizes that whoever set him up wants him dead after she's killed by a bullet meant for him. With the help of fellow effects artist Andy Martha Gehman, Tyler goes underground and tries to unravel the truth behind the Lipton murder. Meanwhile, police detective Leo McCarthy Brian Dennehy is convinced that something is not right when he's called to the scene of DeFranco's murder and is certain that the dead body is not the gangster. F/X was followed by a sequel, and later a short-lived TV series.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Taking its name from the Hollywood designation for special effects, 1986's F/X is a clever little thriller that relies on one of the classic staples of the genre: the thin line between reality and illusion. The absorbing premise concerns a special-effects man for low-budget horror films (Bryan Brown) who is forced into hiding after helping the government's witness protection program "kill" an informant gangster. Needless to say, there is a rapid series of tricky plot twists, and nothing and no one are what they seem. The intrigue in F/X is reminiscent of cat-and-mouse films of the 1970s like Charley Varrick or Three Days of the Condor; but the film's showy climax is straight out of a high-adrenaline action movie. Director Robert Mandel spends a surprising amount of time fleshing out the characters, and Brown and Brian Dennehy reward that decision with interesting performances. The film was a moderate hit upon its release and spawned a lesser sequel, F/X 2.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2011
  • UPC: 011891701693
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Source: Tgg Direct
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,733

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bryan Brown Rollie Tyler
Brian Dennehy Leo McCarthy
Diane Venora Ellen
Cliff De Young Lipton
Mason Adams Col. Mason
Jerry Orbach Nicholas DeFranco
Joe Grifasi Mickey
Martha Gehman Andy
Roscoe Orman Capt. Wallenger
Trey Wilson Lt. Murdoch
Tom Noonan Varrick
James Babchak State Trooper
Angela Bassett TV Reporter
Marvin Beck Medical Examiner
Gibby Brand 1st Reporter
Gerald Campbell Doctor
Jim Cordes Capt. Watts
Ed Crowley Ballistics Expert
Christopher Curry Mitchell
Paul D'Amato Gallagher
Jean de Baer Whitemore
Josie de Guzman Marisa Velez
John Doumanian The Director
M'eL Dowd Miss Joyce Lehman
Jim Elliott Car Pound Attendant
Drummond Erskine Boat House Guard
Michael Fischetti State Police Chief
Bernie Friedman Bum
Tim Gallin Adams
Richard Hayes State Trooper
Ray Iannicelli Charlie
George Kodisch Capt. Tolosa
Yolanda Lloyd Receptionist
James Lovelett McCoy
Christopher McHale State Trooper
John McLoughlin Hospital State Trooper
Joe Pentangelo Police Officer
James Pickens Jr. Ambulance Driver
Patrick Stack Sgt. Littauer
Technical Credits
Robert Mandel Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Dodi Fayed Producer
Gregory Fleeman Screenwriter
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Alixe Gordin Casting
Al Griswold Special Effects
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Steven Jordan Set Decoration/Design
Robert T. Megginson Screenwriter
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Ken Ornstein Asst. Director
Michael Peyser Executive Producer
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Harry Rabinowitz Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Rawlings Editor
Thomas A. Razzano Production Manager
Thomas A. Reilly Asst. Director
John Stears Special Effects
Allen Weisinger Makeup
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack H. Wiener Producer
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