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Deadly Illusion (1987)

A detective is framed for a murder he didn't commit.

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Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Dee Williams ... Hamberger
Vanity ... Rina
Morgan Fairchild ... Jane Mallory / Sharon Burton
John Beck ... Alex Burton
Joe Cortese ... Detective Paul Lefferts (as Joseph Cortese)
Michael Wilding Jr. Michael Wilding Jr. ... Costillion
Dennis Hallahan Dennis Hallahan ... Burton Impostor
Jenny Cornuelle Jenny Cornuelle ... Gloria Reid
Allison Woodward Allison Woodward ... Nancy Costillion
Joe Spinell ... Crazy Man in Gun Bureau (as Joe Spinnel)
Harriet Rogers Harriet Rogers ... Mrs. Bains
George Loros George Loros ... Levante
Charlie Malcolm Charlie Malcolm ... Assistant District Attorney
Thom Curley Thom Curley ... Wexler
Richard Triggs Richard Triggs ... Toll Booth Attendant
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Storyline

A stranger pays Billy Dee Williams to kill his wife. But instead Billy, who is a Private Detective, tells the wife her husband tried to do. When she turns up dead anyway, Billy is suspected. Hopefully with the assistance of his secretary/girlfriend he can solve the case before the police catch up to him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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If the killer isn't really a killer... and his victim isn't really a victim... why do people keep turning up dead? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love You to Death See more »

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Gross USA:

$626,724
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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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Deadly Illusion (1987) has never been released on Dvd. See more »

Quotes

Hamberger: Everybody's kicking my ass today.
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Referenced in Shakedown (1988) See more »

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Never seen it, but...
5 February 2008 | by kmshumwaySee all my reviews

I was hired as an extra and was waiting on the set for the day to start when Cohen called me over. "Hey kid - you an actor?" I thought, well that's why I'm here, but he added "I mean can you do lines?" I said sure, and he handed me two pages and said "Learn this." It was the Assistant District Attorney's scene with Billy Dee William's character - and I was beside myself with excitement - and fear, as it included a fairly long rip-him-a-new-one monologue. Apparently, the actor they'd hired was a no show. But about 15 minutes into my "star is born" opportunity, the actor showed - he'd been stuck in traffic. The director promised to "throw me a bone", and I ended up upgraded to playing the dead body on the slab next to the naked girl in the morgue scene.

Later in the filming, I came on again as Joe Cortese's stand-in, but had to leave the set later in the day with a 102-degree fever. But before falling ill, had a good time with BDW (one of the nicest guys ever on set) and playing cards with the Teamsters between shots.

Heard later that this film production managed to get the Staten Island Ferry stuck on a sandbar during filming - a first in the Ferry's history!


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