The film was released in the United States on April 16, 1993. This was James B. Harris' last film. It is based on the novel Money Men by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay.
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This film opens with Treasury officer Jimmy Mercer (Wesley Snipes) and his partner Brady (Dan Hedaya) doing some undercover work, when Mercer's fellow agent is shot and killed by a new man, Ronnie (Viggo Mortensen) that criminal Red Diamond (Dennis Hopper) pulled out of jail. Now on a snap of anger and thoughts of revenge, Mercer wants to find the killer and take him down before he gets transferred to Newark. Although a cop and close colleague claims over dinner that Mercer must do it "by the book," Mercer replies that "when I'm done with this motherfucker, I'm gonna put him in a box..... by the book."
A background theme is the closing of a big band dance emporium called the Palace. Lonely, Red takes hooker Vicky (Lolita Davidovich) there for dancing. Lolita is also involved romantically with Mercer, who is estranged from his ex-wife.
Red continues to try to build a relationship with his old girlfriend, waitress Mona, (Valerie Perrine). Typically, he has manipulated and betrayed her in the past.
Red is under increasing pressure to repay mob debts to boss Tony Dio (Tony Lo Bianco). He manipulates Ronnie into a crime spree culminating in the murder of the boss and ransacking his apartment. He tells Ronnie to meet him at the palace at 9 PM to split up the money. He asks Mona to meet him there as well. Mercer is building his case against Red and arrives at the murder scene seconds too late. Red is soon arrested and a net is laid for Ronnie at the club
At the club Red again manipulates Ronnie in an attempt to escape, yelling gun as he ducks. Ronnie is shot by Mercer in the exchange and Red almost escapes. As Red is taken away in the police car Mona arrives, seeing him pass by. In the last scene Jimmy asks Vicky to leave with him.
The epilogue reports that they actually did move to Newark.
Wesley Snipes as Jimmy Mercer
Dennis Hopper as Rudolph 'Red' Diamond
Lolita Davidovich as Vikki Dunbar
Viggo Mortensen as Ronnie
Seymour Cassel as Virgil Leach
Jonathan Banks as Max Waxman
Christine Elise as Carol
Tony Lo Bianco as Tony Dio
Valerie Perrine as Mona
James Tolkan as Levitt
Paul Gleason as Transaction Man
Lorraine Evanoff as Connie
Stephanie E. Williams as Sally Mercer
Tobin Bell as Roth
Bobby Hosea as Steve
Dan Hedaya as Brady
The film earned negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews.