There's just one problem with this movie : it takes place in Arizona yet everyone seems to have a distinctive East Coast accent ... sorry, but most cops in Phoenix don't sound like they're from New Jersey. It seems that every actor in a gritty crime drama is required to have this gruff, Gothamesque 'Prince of the City' voice. (Incidentally, most of the lead actors are from the New York tri-state area ...) Of course, this is a minor flaw. Ray Liotta -- though typecast, unfortunately -- gives an intense, compelling performance as a gambling addict. This isn't his best role, by any means, but he is quite competent as usual. I always enjoy his work and he is undervalued, in my opinion. Still, in general, they could've made this movie a tad truer to the region without losing its edge.
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Phoenix is a movie starring Ray Liotta, Anthony LaPaglia, and Daniel Baldwin. A cop (Liotta) with a gambling addiction plots a theft from the bookies who are putting pressure on him to pay off or else.
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The Synopsis for Phoenix (1998) 1080p
In Phoenix, Arizona, all is not well at the local police station as some of the colleagues are not good of heart. Superstitious cop Harry Collins is on the take. He a compulsive gambler who is forced to plan a heist with fellow cops Mike, James, and Fred to rip off local pimp and overall bad guy, Louie, to pay off gambling debts run up with "bookie" Chicago.
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A fine flick but very unrealistic!Reviewed byshannon_oneilVote: 7/10
Harry is a police officer - he is also a degenerate gambler in debt tobookie Chicago for $32K. That's basically the plot, it seems simple but itis enough to drive the film's core once it has been surrounded by plottwists, tension, strong performances, interesting characters and gooddialogue.
Hats off to Danny Cannon - he was the great British hope once after makingYoung Americans and going to the US he then messed up with Judge Dredd. Buthere he shows that he does have talent to lead a dark thriller successfully- albeit he is helped greatly by the plot and his actors. The film followsHarry and his 3 colleagues as they revolve around several loan sharks andbookies whilst also trying to have lives and relationships. The main focusis Harry's addiction to gambling in all areas of his life. There is also asubplot involving Angelica Huston which is meant to represent Harry'spotential redemption, but this is not well developed and is secondary to themain story. The story eventually turns into a heist-gone-wrong movie buteven then has enough twists to keep the interest.
The main strength of the film lies in the actors that are assembled togetherhere. Liotta plays the role well, making it possible to like this person butalso making his gambling side believable - it's hard not to feel for him andhis bad luck as the film progresses. Anthony Lapaglia, Daniel Baldwin,Jeremy Piven are all excellent for different reasons as his colleagues.Piven good as the cop drawn into things he doesn't want to do and Baldwinand Lapaglia are as solid as every in corrupt roles. Both Ribisi and Hustonare capable of great performances but neither have a lot to work with herein terms of time or plot involvement. Giancarlo Esposito is as good as everin a small role as Louie the loanshark - but then I've never seen him put ina bad performance, even in a bad film.
Overall the plot is similar to many other crime thrillers out there. Whatmakes this rise above the normal TV material is a dark atmosphere from DannyCannon, a strong lead in Liotta with uniformly great support from the restof the cast and tension an twists throughout.
"Phoenix" is a hidden gem. I've seen it over five times. For some reason, it never gets old.
Harry (Liotta) is a cop with a gambling problem. He can't stop. He owes money to "Chicago" (Tom Noonan) and he if he doesn't pay up, he dies. Harry's partners Henshaw (LaPaglia) and Nutter (Baldwin) are dirty and are becoming "collectors" to bookie Louie (Giancarlo Esposito). Harry needs money fast and the only way is to rob Louie. Everybody goes along with the plan until there's a double cross.
There's not a lot of action in the movie until the end, but it's not needed. Ray Liotta is excellent in the movie. But the supporting cast steals it from him. LaPaglia is fantastic as Henshaw. He makes the character come alive. Baldwin, Esposito, Kari Wuhrer, and Anjelica Huston all get their time to shine.
"Phoenix" is a gritty crime movie that Liotta and LaPaglia fans must see.
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