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F/X2 (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 10 May 1991 (USA)
A special effects man helps his girlfriend's ex, a cop, with a sting operation, where the ex gets killed. Something's off and he investigates with help from an ex-cop PI friend.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Robert T. Megginson (characters), Gregory Fleeman (characters) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Rollie Tyler
Brian Dennehy ... Leo McCarthy
Rachel Ticotin ... Kim Brandon
Joanna Gleason ... Liz Kennedy
Philip Bosco ... Ray Silak
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Matt Neely
Tom Mason ... Mike Brandon
Dominic Zamprogna ... Chris Brandon
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ... Velez
John Walsh ... Rado
Peter Boretski ... Becker
Lisa Fallon Lisa Fallon ... Kylie
Lee Broker Lee Broker ... DeMarco
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Det. McQuay
Tony De Santis ... Det. Santoni (as Tony de Santis)
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Storyline

F/X man Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is now a toy maker. Mike Brandon (Tom Mason), the ex-husband of Rolly's girlfriend Kim(Rachel Ticotin), is a cop. He asks Rollie to help catch a killer. The operation goes well until some unknown man kills both the killer and Mike.Mike's boss, Ray Silak (Philip Bosco) says it was the killer who killed Mike but Rollie knows it wasn't. Silak is involved with Mike's death, so he calls on Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy), the cop from the last movie, who is now a P.I., for help and they discover it's not just Silak they have to worry about. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Outgunned by the mob, outmanned by the cops..... their effects had _better_ be special!

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FX2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,455,058, 12 May 1991

Gross USA:

$21,082,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,082,165
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

(at around 60 mins) When Rollie calls young Chris on the phone, the movie Chris is watching on television is the finished film Rollie was shooting the effects for at the start of the original F/X (1986). See more »

Goofs

(at around 3 mins) In the opening scene, the police arrive to confront the cyborg after he threw the bum through the window. One of the cops fires a warning shot and hits the cyborg in the head causing his blond wig to fall off and to bleed blue blood. When the cyborg raises his left hand to cover the head wound, it is obvious that it is somebody else's arm that is being used. See more »

Quotes

Leo McCarthy: Rollie, tell me those aren't the real medallions.
Rollie Tyler: Yeah, I swithced 'em.
Leo McCarthy: Rollie you dumb bastard, the mob wasn't stealing them, they were returning them, to the Vatican.
Rollie Tyler: Nobody told me.
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Crazy Credits

Shot of helicopter flying and exclamations of non-pilot crook trying to keep it in the air. See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene in which Tyler converts an aerosol can into a "grenade" was cut by the New Zealand censors on the grounds that it might inspire real-life incidents of "copycat" behaviour. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Community: Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (2011) See more »

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Almost as good as the first.
4 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

F/X2 was actually a good sequel. But I think that's because it is very much like the first movie. And, F/X itself was a great movie because of the idea of a special effects artist trying to get himself out of a mess. Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is now a toy inventor, having retired from the special effects business. His girlfriend's ex-husband, a cop named Mike, employ's Rollie's special effects expertise to set up a sting operation. But, something goes foul and the cop winds up dead. Like F/X 2, Rollie becomes once again involved with crooked cops and has to solve the whodunnit. And, part of what made the first movie great, too, was Brian Dennehy as detective Leo McCarthy, who Rollie Tyler calls on for help.

As far as the story goes, it involves a bigger scale of corruption in the law enforcement circle, but the movie is just as enjoyable. And, you still get to see Rollie Tyler using his special effects abilities, which I always thought was the best part of the first one. If you have seen the first F/X, it's probably very likely you'll like the second one. It's one of the few movies I have seen where I can say that the sequel was pretty good.


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