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F/X Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 7, 1986

Cast

Bryan Brown
as Rollie Tyler
Brian Dennehy
as Leo McCarthy
Diane Venora
as Ellen
Cliff De Young
as Lipton
Mason Adams
as Col. Mason
Jerry Orbach
as Nicholas DeFranco
Joe Grifasi
as Mickey
Martha Gehman
as Andy
Roscoe Orman
as Capt. Wallenger
Trey Wilson
as Lt. Murdoch
Tom Noonan
as Varrick
Ed Crowley
as Ballistics Expert
Josie de Guzman
as Marisa Velez
Paul D'Amato
as Gallagher
Jean de Baer
as Whitemore
M'eL Dowd
as Miss Joyce Lehman
Tim Gallin
as Adams
Patrick Stack
as Sgt. Littauer
John Doumanian
as The Director
Ray Iannicelli
as Charlie
Gibby Brand
as 1st Reporter
Christopher Curry
as Mitchell
James Lovelett
as McCoy
George Kodisch
as Capt. Tolosa
Jim Cordes
as Capt. Watts
Christopher McHale
as State Trooper
James Pickens, Jr.
as Ambulance Driver
Michael Fischetti
as State Police Chief
Angela Bassett
as TV Reporter
Yolanda Lloyd
as Receptionist
Marvin Beck
as Medical Examiner
James Babchak
as State Trooper
Bernie Friedman
as Bum
Drummond Erskine
as Boat House Guard
Joe Pentangelo
as Police Officer
Gerald Campbell
as Doctor
James Babchak
as State Trooper
George Kodisch
as Capt. Tolosa
Ed Crowley
as Ballistics Expert
Marvin Beck
as Medical Examiner
James Pickens, Jr.
as Ambulance Driver
M'eL Dowd
as Miss Joyce Lehman
John Doumanian
as The Director
Bernie Friedman
as Bum
Tim Gallin
as Adams
Yolanda Lloyd
as Receptionist
Jean de Baer
as Whitemore
James Lovelett
as McCoy
Joe Pentangelo
as Police Officer
Ray Iannicelli
as Charlie
Drummond Erskine
as Boat House Guard
Christopher Curry
as Mitchell
Gibby Brand
as 1st Reporter
Patrick Stack
as Sgt. Littauer
Josie de Guzman
as Marisa Velez
Angela Bassett
as TV Reporter
Paul D'Amato
as Gallagher
Michael Fischetti
as State Police Chief
Christopher McHale
as State Trooper
Jim Cordes
as Capt. Watts

Crew

Robert Mandel
Director
Jack H. Wiener
Producer
Dodi Fayed
Producer
Gregory Fleeman
Screenwriter
Robert T. Megginson
Screenwriter
Miroslav Ondrícek
Cinematographer
Harry Rabinowitz
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Terry Rawlings
Editor
Mel Bourne
Production Designer
Speed Hopkins
Art Director
Michael Peyser
Executive Producer
Steven Jordan
Set Designer
Julie Weiss
Costume Designer
Al Griswold
Special Effects
John Stears
Special Effects
Ken Ornstein
First Assistant Director
Thomas A. Reilly
First Assistant Director
Tom Priestley Jr.
Camera Operator
Pete Antico
Stunts
Charlie Picerni
Stunts
Alixe Gordin
Casting
Carl Fullerton
Makeup Special Effects
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