F/X (1986)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Mason Adams Col. Mason
Brian Brown
Bryan Brown Rollie Tyler
Cliff De Young Lipton
Brian Dennehy Leo McCarthy
Cliff DeYoung
Martha Gehman Andy
Joe Grifasi Mickey
Jerry Orbach Nicholas DeFranco
Roscoe Orman Capt. Wallenger
Diane Venora Ellen
Trey Wilson Lt. Murdoch
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Thriller
Director Robert Mandel
Producer Dodi Fayed; Jack Wiener
Writer Gregory Fleeman; Robert T. Megginson
Studio Orion
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 120 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.5
A man who simulates death for a living finds himself unwittingly tied into the real thing in this 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 DeYoung), 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. — Mark Deming
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Index 342
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 027616850782
Chapters 28
Release Date 6/4/2002
Subtitles Spanish; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Closed-captioned