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Break Up (1998)

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Jimmy is married to the abusive Frank, but she's building a nest egg so she can leave. For a year, she's been deaf as a result of one of his beatings. One night, he pushes her over the ... See full summary »

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Paul Marcus
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Fonda ... Jimmy Dade
Kiefer Sutherland ... John Box
Hart Bochner ... Frankie Dade
Steven Weber ... Officer Andrew Ramsey
Penelope Ann Miller ... Grace
Tippi Hedren ... Mom
Leslie Stefanson ... Shelly
Mike Hagerty ... George (as Michael Hagerty)
Tom Harrison Tom Harrison ... Nan
Charles Noland ... Neighbor
Muse Watson ... Baker Cop #1
Matt O'Toole ... Liquor Store Owner
Abraham Verduzco Abraham Verduzco ... Boy
Anna Getty ... Waitress
Zack Tiegen Zack Tiegen ... L.A.P.D. Cop (as Zach Tiegan)
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Jimmy is married to the abusive Frank, but she's building a nest egg so she can leave. For a year, she's been deaf as a result of one of his beatings. One night, he pushes her over the stairwell, and she ends up in the hospital. When a charred body in her husband's car is pulled from a pond, the cops want to talk to her, but she bolts for her sister's, loses her savings pass-book, and then learns someone has emptied her bank account. She's goes on the run, with the same cops on her trail, and eventually realizes Frank may not be dead. Getting back her money, facing Frank, satisfying the police, and finding her freedom may be more than she can handle. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Silent Betrayal. Deadly Passion. Sweet Revenge.

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence including domestic abuse, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Featured extras Andy Huffman and Robert Obergfell were full-time, sworn police officers for the City of Ridgecrest (California) at the time they appeared in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy is pointing a revolver at Officer Ramsey in the rest room, and later when she shoots Frankie with the same gun, it is obvious from the frontal camera angle that the weapon is not loaded. Its chambers are clearly empty. See more »

Quotes

Officer Andrew Ramsey: So you think I'm the biggest asshole on the face of the earth? Stand in line.
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This Strange Effect
Written by Ray Davies (as Raymond Douglas Davies)
Performed by Steve Wynn
Courtesy of Zero Hour Records
Published by America Metropolitan Enterprises [BMI]
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Good premise, but....
11 November 1999 | by carl-36See all my reviews

The basic story was pretty good, the acting, especially in the initial scene that sets the film up was realistic. In fact, Fonda's acting throughout was excellent even though the script made her dumber then a nail. You keep yelling at the screen, "Call the cops! Call the cops!" Of course, she doesn't.

And the self-mutilation scene -- wouldn't this guy be in pain for days if not weeks? Drove me nuts.

Keifer Sutherland often plays a real good bad guy -- but not this time. Now he's a cop who never met a donut he didn't like.

Go ahead and rent this movie. Just keep a can of Spackle handy to plug up the holes in the story -- like who fed Duke the dog?


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Break Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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