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Special effects expert Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is widely acknowledged as the best in the business. Hired by the Justice Department to fake the death of Mafia boss-turned-informant Nicholas DeFranco, Rollie pulls the job off without a hitch. However, when the Mafioso kingpin goes missing for real, it is the SFX man who is collared for his murder. On the run from both the police and the mob, Rollie now has to rely on his skills of deception in order to survive. Dare to be duped! The world of movie make-believe meets the gritty New York crime scene in this taut and clever suspense movie. Bryan Brown (Cocktail) and Brian Dennehy (First Blood) command the heart-pounding action in the first-class, crackling excitement of F/X. Rollie Tyler (Brown) is the best special effects artist in showbiz. But this time it's not the studios seeking him out.... it s the Justice Department. His assignment: to stage the assassination of an important underworld witness. And after he pulls the illusion off, making the informant disappear - Rollie is dumbfounded to learn that he is being pinned for the murder! Double-crossed and now hunted by those who hired him, Rollie quickly learns that he can trust no one...and that the only thing that can save his life is his unequalled mastery of illusion.

studio:
  • 101 Films
Run Time:
  • 109 mins approx.
Certificate:
  • 15
Actor:
  • Bryan Brown
  • Brian Denehey
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1986
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • 2

F/X - Murder by Illusion

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Special effects expert Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is widely acknowledged as the best in the business. Hired by the Justice Department to fake the death of Mafia boss-turned-informant Nicholas DeFranco, Rollie pulls the job off without a hitch. However, when the Mafioso kingpin goes missing for real, it is the SFX man who is collared for his murder. On the run from both the police and the mob, Rollie now has to rely on his skills of deception in order to survive. Dare to be duped! The world of movie make-believe meets the gritty New York crime scene in this taut and clever suspense movie. Bryan Brown (Cocktail) and Brian Dennehy (First Blood) command the heart-pounding action in the first-class, crackling excitement of F/X. Rollie Tyler (Brown) is the best special effects artist in showbiz. But this time it's not the studios seeking him out.... it s the Justice Department. His assignment: to stage the assassination of an important underworld witness. And after he pulls the illusion off, making the informant disappear - Rollie is dumbfounded to learn that he is being pinned for the murder! Double-crossed and now hunted by those who hired him, Rollie quickly learns that he can trust no one...and that the only thing that can save his life is his unequalled mastery of illusion.

studio:
  • 101 Films
Run Time:
  • 109 mins approx.
Certificate:
  • 15
Actor:
  • Bryan Brown
  • Brian Denehey
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1986
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • 2

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F/X (1986)

This is a very entertaining movie with a clever plot. Much of the amusement derives from seeing the resourceful hero using his creativity and skill in order to extract himself from a cruel trap. (Near the end there's a superbly satisfying trick as the hero demonstrates the many uses of super-strong glue.) The actors too are charming and charismatic, with a special mention to Bryan Brown (as the special effects expert) and Brian Dennehy (as a police inspector with hidden depths). Overall, F/X is a good time. It is your typical 80's action flick that is slightly elevated by its unique premise. Instead of being straight action, Mandel incorporated some psychological thriller elements. Perhaps too much of them. The film also benefits from strong technical work such as its editing and production design. Overall rating: 8 out of 10.