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US MARSHALS

SYNOPSIS:
Chief Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) needs a vacation, or at least that's what his boss, Walsh (Kate Nelligan) tells him. Before he can go, however, he must escort a plane carrying a group of prisoners that includes Mark Sheridan (Wesley Snipes). Although he claims he's an innocent man, Sheridan is actually a covert government agent who's been framed in an operation that ended with him killing two other agents in self-defence. When the plane crashes and begins to sink in a river, Sheridan escapes and Gerard finds himself hunting another fugitive. With his faithful and dedicated team of Cosmo Renfro (Joe Pantoliano), Biggs (Daniel Roebuck), Newman (Tom Wood) and Cooper (Latanya Richardson), Gerard sets into motion his trademark obsessive search, and his team is soon hot on Sheridan's trail. He's not happy, though, when they're joined by John Royce (Robert Downey Jr.), a mysterious government agent assigned to their case. They eventually find Sheridan's girlfriend, Marie (Irene Jacob), who doesn't know the truth, but knows that her boyfriend isn't the cold-blooded killer he's been made out to be. She then leads them to New York where she meets Sheridan. There, Gerard and his team learn that Chen (Michael Paul Chan), a Chinese intelligence operative, is also involved in a threat to national security issues and wants Sheridan dead. As Sheridan does what he can to clear his name, he must find Chen, as well as avoid Gerard and his team who continually get closer to catching him.

"This is poverty stricken as a sequel; but let’s not be too harsh. The film is an efficient enough genre piece, if you remember that the majority of films Hollywood is making are B films aimed at the ‘Saturday afternoon’ market, where the demands are less. Don’t let big star casts fool you otherwise. The crash sequence is as good as the train crash in The Fugitive, and the concept behind the story is workable – even if the script lets it down a tad. The title and credits design are excellent, tho’."
Andrew L. Urban

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US MARSHALS (M)
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CAST: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr, Kate Nelligan, Joe Pantoliano Irene Jacob, Daniel Roebuck, Tom Wood, Latanya Richardson, Michael Paul Chan

DIRECTOR: Stuart Baird

PRODUCER: Arnold and Anne Kopelson

SCRIPT: John Pogue (based on characters created by Roy Huggins)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrzej Bartkowiak

EDITOR: Terry Rawlings

MUSIC: Jerry Goldsmith

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Maher Ahmad

RUNNING TIME: 133

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 30, 1998







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