Movie Reviews: Kiss Of Death




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     20th Century Fox (1 hr. 41 min.)
     An ex-con tries to go straight, but first he has to get the mob and the Feds off his back.
     David Caruso, Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson
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     David Caruso plays ex-con Jimmy Kilmartin, who gets more than he bargained for after he's talked into taking one last job by his crooked cousin. But as we know in filmdom, the last job always goes awry, or the hero will have a lot of time on his hands, right? Kilmartin is arrested and shot while driving a truckload of stolen trucks. After learning that he's been doubled crossed and his wife was killed in a questionable car accident, Kilmartin makes a deal with the Feds to give up the car theive's ringleader in exchange for early patrole.
     It stands to mention that Samuel L. Jackson, one of the most unknown (his face is well known), but overworked Black actor in Hollywood is excellent as the F.B.I. agent pulling Kilmartin's strings. Based on the 1947 gangster noir, same title, the film uses naturalistic dialogue to give us a realistic look at crooked law-enforcement officials and the mob.



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