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Nicholas Cage plays Tom Welles, a straight-laced surveillance specialist. His innocent, naive world begins to unravel when he is hired by the widow of an industrialist to investigate what she has shockingly discovered in her late husband's safe. It appears to be a snuff film of a young girl being murdered. In order to discover the truth, he must enter the city's seedy underworld, guided by porn-store clerk Max California (Joaquim Phoenix, LADDER 49).
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CastAnthony Heald
DirectorJoel Schumacher
Release Date:  1998
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (September 16, 2008)
Runtime:  2hr 3min
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review by . February 07, 2000
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Pros: DECENT ACTING     Cons: NASTY LOOK INTO PORN     Cage's portrayal of a private eye, hired by the rich old widow in town, searching for a girl shown in a 'snuff' film was very disturbing. Cage is one of those actors that gives a gritty edge to his characters .... sometimes he is a nice guy sometimes he isn't but he is always edgy.       His interaction with Max California, played by Joaquin Phoenix, made for a good story line ... Max …
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