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Phoenix

Director:Danny Cannon
Writer:Eddie Richey
Trimark Pictures; R
Release:10/98
Cast:Ray Liotta, Anthony LaPaglia, Daniel Baldwin, Jeremy Piven, Fred Shuster, Anjelica Huston, Royce D. Applegate and Xander Berkeley

Intelligent and engaging dialogue in this chatfest come at the cost of action. While Phoenix could've been a gritty film noir, it emerges as a slow-moving, underdeveloped tale about corrupt cops. Gambling cop Harry (Liotta) owes a mobster $32,000. He wants to pay him off honorably, but when his rogue fellow men in blue come to his rescue, things take an anything but honorable turn.