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Prime Suspects (1997)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | June 1997 (USA)
A cold-blooded killer infiltrates the lives of two actors who refuse to return stolen money that the killer claims belongs to him. A classic, film noir feast for the millenium.


Alan Rowlands (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Stout Judith Stout ... Kate Kessler
David Gordon David Gordon ... Hudson Brody (as David Scott Gordon)
Charles Merlis Charles Merlis ... Detective Travis
Lance McGinnis Lance McGinnis ... Zach / Jonah / Amos
Betsy Rabin Betsy Rabin ... Allsion Hammond
Richard Colbert Richard Colbert ... Ira Crane
Lanie Conklin Lanie Conklin ... Carolyn Raymond
Carl Burrows ... Cole Davies (as Edward Burrows)
Rebecca Rhoades Rebecca Rhoades ... Detective Ashby
Julia Hoban Julia Hoban ... Nita
Taiyi Greaves Taiyi Greaves ... Rita Soames
Lou Mast Lou Mast ... Wallace (as Lou Mastantuono)
Bob Van Lindt ... Sgt. Walker (as Robert Van Lindt)
Alfred Hunter Alfred Hunter ... Terry
Marsjan Heimbuch Marsjan Heimbuch ... Mavis


Kate and Hud (Judith Stout and David Gordon) are two struggling actors trying to work their way up the New York City food chain when their lives change when they find some money abandoned during a bank robbery. They claim the money for themselves to live on to settle their debits. But a homicidal maniac robber named Jonah muscles his way into their lives claiming that the cash is his, and when the couple refuses to hand over the loot, the situation threatens to turn violent. Written by Larry B.

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When she died, did she make any sounds?


Action | Thriller


Not Rated






Release Date:

June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Heist See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$550,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Of Minimal Merit.
28 May 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

The video package for this amateurish affair displays its title as THE PERFECT HEIST, but as the opening credits appear, it becomes PRIME SUSPECTS, representative of a slapdash quality apparent throughout the piece, a confused crime melodrama with a pair of struggling New York City actors as principal characters, who become enveloped in the aftermath of a payroll robbery that garnered $500,000 for the three involved bandits. The holdup is organized by a psychopath named Jonah (or Amos, or Zach), played by Lance McGinnis, who kills two men during its commission, and his return to New York six months after to implement final division of the take results in the deaths of his former crime partners, each of whom was somewhat connected with would-be actor Hudson (David Scott Gordon) and his Thespian girl friend Kate (Judith Stout), and it is not long before the lovers are desperately trying to cover their tracks in order to avoid Jonah as well as suspicious police department detectives. The film is very poorly made, hindered by an overambitious screenplay full of embarrassing flaws in logic, and weakly directed in his first effort by actor James MacPherson, but a viewer should keep in mind that a minuscule budget (less than $1 million) is not adequate funding for any piece, even one such as this wherein cast and crew members are often interchangeable, while the camera-work of Abe Schrager, effectively employing both videotape and 16mm. stock, does provide a factor of skill in support of the obviously earnest players.

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