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FULL SYNOPSIS

William Friedkin's crime thriller, based on a book by U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, concerns an arrogant Secret Service official who wants to get his man at any price. Willem Dafoe plays Eric Masters, an ultra-smooth counterfeiter who has managed to sidestep the police for years. He is so up-front about his dealings, in fact, that when some undercover agents try to make a deal with him at his health club, Eric tells them, "I've been coming to this gym three times a week for five years. I'm an easy guy to find. People know they can trust me." But when young and eager Secret Service agent Richard Chance (William L. Petersen) finds out that his partner has been cold-bloodedly murdered by Eric, he trains his relentlessness upon capturing Eric -- whether it means robbery, murder, or exploiting his friends and associates. As Chance erases the dividing line between good and evil, he drags his new partner John Vukovich (John Pankow) and Ruth Lanier (Darlanne Fluegel), an ex-con, down into the maelstrom with him. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 1, 1985

Cast

William Petersen
as Richard Chance
Willem Dafoe
as Eric Masters
John Pankow
as John Vukovich
Debra Feuer
as Bianca Torres
John Turturro
as Carl Cody
Darlanne Fluegel
as Ruth Lanier
Dean Stockwell
as Bob Grimes
Steve James
as Jeff Rice
Robert Downey, Sr.
as Thomas Bateman
Michael Greene
as Jim Hart
Christopher Allport
as Max Waxman
Jack Hoar
as Jack
Dwier Brown
as Doctor
Michael Chong
as Thomas Ling
Jackelyn Giroux
as Claudia Leith
Gregg G. Dandridge
as Prison Assailant
Mark Gash
as Himself
Dar Robinson
as FBI Agent
Michael Zand
as Terrorist
Bobby Bass
as FBI Agent
Anne Betancourt
as Nurse
Edward Harrell
as airport guard
Gilbert Espinoza
as Utro's bartender
John Petievich
as Agent
Rick Dalton
as Agent
Jack Cota
as Agent
Joe Duran
as Prison Guard
Donny Williams
as Rice's Friend
Thomas F. Duffy
as Second Agent
Pat McGroarty
as Criminal
Brian Bradley
as Tourist
Joe Duran
as Prison Guard
Jack Cota
as Agent
Donny Williams
as Rice's Friend
Pat McGroarty
as Criminal
Anne Betancourt
as Nurse
John Petievich
as Agent
Michael Zand
as Terrorist
Mark Gash
as Himself
Gilbert Espinoza
as Utro's bartender
Thomas F. Duffy
as Second Agent
Gregg G. Dandridge
as Prison Assailant
Rick Dalton
as Agent
Edward Harrell
as airport guard
Dar Robinson
as FBI Agent
Bobby Bass
as FBI Agent

Crew

William Friedkin
Director
William Friedkin
Screenwriter
Gerald Petievich
Book Author
Gerald Petievich
Screenwriter
Robby Müller
Cinematographer
Scott Smith
Editor
Lilly Kilvert
Production Designer
Bud Smith
Co-producer
Cricket Rowland
Set Designer
Linda M. Bass
Costume Designer
Phil Corey
Special Effects
Manny Perry
Stunts
Gary Hymes
Stunts
Eddy Donno
Stunts
David R. Ellis
Stunts
Pat E. Johnson
Stunts
John Meier
Stunts
Henry Kingi
Stunts
Billy Burton
Stunts
Phil Chong
Stunts
Jim Nickerson
Stunts
Bobby Bass
Stunts
Loren Janes
Stunts
Danny Rogers
Stunts
Thomas Huff
Stunts
Kenny Endoso
Stunts
Justin Derosa
Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker
Stunts
Wally Crowder
Stunts
Lamont Jackson
Stunts
Gary McLarty
Stunts
Pat McGroarty
Stunts
Chad Randall
Stunts
Jophery Brown
Stunts
Billy Lucas
Stunts
Doc Duhame
Stunts
Jeff Dawn
Makeup
Bud Smith
Supervising Editor
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