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Close Up (1996)

R | | Mystery, Thriller
A Belgian filmmaker in New York is placed under suspicion of having committed a brutal killing-spree in a bar, when interrogated by detectives he can't seem to place himself at the crime ... See full summary »

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Przemyslaw Reut (as Shemie Reut)

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Przemyslaw Reut (as Shemie Reut)
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Michael Mauro Michael Mauro ... Stefan Van Der Berg (as Mauro Catenacci)
Eric Leffler Eric Leffler ... Joseph Kline
Tom Straw Tom Straw ... Detective Colligan
Douglas Gowland Douglas Gowland ... Detective McClosky
Michael Silvestri Michael Silvestri ... District Attorney
Kevin Kenny Kevin Kenny ... Police Commissioner
Steffan Laurence Steffan Laurence ... Joey Capuletto
Dolores Sirianni Dolores Sirianni ... Lora Colligan
Madelaine Koulouris Madelaine Koulouris ... Gigi
James Michael Cummings ... Mark Levy (as James Cummings)
Peter Carlson Peter Carlson ... Arthur Perry
Will Arnett ... Dave
Stelio Savante ... Frankie
Charles Burns Charles Burns ... Hypnotist
Csaba Beretsky Csaba Beretsky ... Gangster Hit With Pipe
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A Belgian filmmaker in New York is placed under suspicion of having committed a brutal killing-spree in a bar, when interrogated by detectives he can't seem to place himself at the crime scene or killing anybody. While in custody things are beginning to look worse when a media-circus evolves around him. Written by Lance_Burton

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language, drug content and brief nudity
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USA

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English

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Low Budget Diamond
31 May 2007 | by vitachielSee all my reviews

Like most low budget movies this one deals with the over popular topics of cops, drugs, killing and cursing. Unlike most low budget movies this one uses these topics as they should be used: realistically, raw and freaky. The low budget invited the makers to spend their money creatively; a constant heady mood, combined with a good sense of raw style and superior acting. An example of intelligent film making with utmost love for the medium. And the casting is great, this guy even looks Belgian!

Close Up is by times very hard to watch, thanks to the ultra-realistic portrayal of intolerable injustice. It makes you realize that there are some pretty ruthless minds in this world. Only minor points are the by times indistinguishability (eh, well, you know what I mean) of the coppers, as well as the amateurish way of some of the flashbacks (especially the dead people from the bar). For the rest: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.


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