A former New Orleans cop is forced to return to the violence of the streets after his family is victimized in this labyrinthine thriller based on the crime novels of James Lee Burke. Alec Baldwin stars as Burke stalwart Dave Robicheaux, a retired detective who has made a new life for himself running a bait shop in the Louisiana bayou. When he saves the life of a young girl who is the sole survivor of a mysterious plane crash, Robicheaux is once again plunged into the netherworld of crime and corruption as he and his wife (Kelly Lynch) get caught between rampaging federal agents and a drug-running former friend (Eric Roberts).
Teri Hatcher - American actress, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Mary Stuart Masterson - American actor/director, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL/BENNY & JOON
Phil Joanou - American Director
Kelly Lynch - American actress
Eric Roberts - American Actor, STAR 80
Alec Baldwin - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)
Alexander Rae Baldwin III - American Actor, BEETLEJUICE (1988)
When a plane crashes near his New Orleans home, a boozing ex-cop named Dave Robicheaux rescues the only survivor, a young Salvadoran girl. But then Dave begins to suspect that the crack-up was no accident. So he undertakes an investigation of New Orleans' sleazy underbelly, to the dismay of numerous crime lords, drug sellers and assorted lowlifes. In particular, reptilian narcotics dealer Bubba Rocque -- one of Dave's childhood buddies -- wants to put a stop to the snooping. Although Dave enjoys being a detective again, his world collapses when his efforts result in the murder of his loving wife. Enraged and undaunted, Dave becomes more determined than ever to bring everyone involved in the crimes to justice... dead or alive.
Shown out of competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. Released theatrically in the USA May 17, 1996; released theatrically in the UK June 1996. Co-produced by PVM Entertainment. Color by Technicolor. Additional cast: Samantha Lagpacan (Alafair), Tuck Milligan (Jerry Falgout), and Carl A. McGee (Toot). Additional credits: Mike Shea (visual effects supervisor), Ty Arnold and Ann Salzer (assistant directors). Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...[An] exciting thriller..." - 07/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.44
"...[Joanou's direction is] somber, stylish....A superior cast..." -- Rating: B - 11/15/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.80