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Slow Burn (1986)

Jacob Asch is hired by Gerald McMurty to find his ex-wife Laine and their son in Palm Springs. Jacob finds Laine and a teenager named Donnie who may or may not be Gerald's son. He also ... See full summary »

Director:

Matthew Chapman

Writers:

Matthew Chapman, Arthur Lyons (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Jacob Asch
Beverly D'Angelo ... Laine Fleischer
Dennis Lipscomb ... Ron McDonald
Raymond J. Barry ... Gerald McMurty
Anne Schedeen ... Mona
Emily Longstreth ... Pam Draper
Johnny Depp ... Donnie Fleischer
Henry Gibson ... Robert
Dan Hedaya ... Simon Fleischer
Frank Schuller Frank Schuller ... Norton
Victoria Catlin ... Erica
Edward Bunker ... George
Ruth Richards Ruth Richards ... Mrs. Poulson
Pat Ast
Linda Rae Barrs Linda Rae Barrs
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Jacob Asch is hired by Gerald McMurty to find his ex-wife Laine and their son in Palm Springs. Jacob finds Laine and a teenager named Donnie who may or may not be Gerald's son. He also finds an intricate web of deceit and betrayal that begin to lead to death. He takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery and find out who is killing people and why. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dolofonies sto Palm Springs See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Jacob Asch: [Gets out of car] Hey Donnie!
[grabs his arm]
Jacob Asch: You remember me?
Donnie Fleischer: Mmmhmm yeah
[slaps his hand off his arm]
Donnie Fleischer: Get your fucking hands off me.
Jacob Asch: Ok ok. I uh... I heard about last night. Im sorry, I was just doing my job.
Donnie Fleischer: Maybe you should find another job.
Jacob Asch: [laughs] You got a point my man.
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Not very good
15 February 2004 | by ethylesterSee all my reviews

This movie has one of the worst lead characters ever. I say this because he is made out to be the hero when, in my opinion, everything he does in the whole movie screws up people's lives and causes problems. He can do nothing right, yet the movie makes him seem like the cool dude everyone should be looking up to. He has temper tantrums at all the wrong times, he has all the wrong stances on things that end up making people mad at him and getting people killed, he is too nosy, too pushy, too macho, too assuming, makes all the wrong decisions and has no common sense.

It's about a private detective hired by a successful painter to find the woman and son that he walked out on years ago. The detective finds the woman and what he thinks to be her son. However, all kinds of things happen to make this story full of crime, drama and twists. It's made for TV, what do you expect?

Anyhow, the movie is fairly entertaining. Johnny Depp is very young in this one and has an awful 80's haircut. He chews gum and tosses a soccer ball around for about 5 minutes and that is all we get to see of him.

For some reason, the out of print VHS version of this sells for $40 in online auctions. It must be for Johnny Depp collectors only. It couldn't be because of the plot. It couldn't be.


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