GenreAction, Comedy, Drama Music directorElmer Bernstein LanguageEnglish
WriterHoward Korder, Michael Almereyda Release dateMay 5, 1995 (US) CastDennis Hopper (Dr. Luther Waxling), Jason Ferraro, Robert Knepper, Griffin Dunne, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Walken Similar moviesThe Last Days of Disco, The Last Witch Hunter, Jupiter Ascending, Frozen, The Avengers, The Nines
TaglineA screwball tragedy
Search and destroy trailer 1995
Search and Destroy is a 1995 drama film based on a stage play by Howard Korder and directed by David Salle. The film stars Griffin Dunne, repeating his role from the stage production, Rosanna Arquette, Illeana Douglas, Ethan Hawke, Dennis Hopper, John Turturro and Christopher Walken, and features Martin Scorsese as "The Accountant." Salle was nominated for the Grand Special Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival.
Middle-aged Martin Mirkhein (Griffin Dunne) is a complete failure. He's run a successful business into debt, his marriage is falling apart, and now he owes the IRS $147,956 in back taxes. Martin may not have much going for him but he has read "Daniel Strong," a best-selling, self-help novel by the popular TV guru Dr. Waxling (Dennis Hopper). Now he wants to turn the novel into a major motion picture. To do that, Martin needs the rights and the revenue. Given his grating personality and terrible track record, it won't be easy to get hold of either. He sets out to meet with Dr. Waxling but ends up sleeping with Waxling's screenwriter-assistant Marie (Illeana Douglas) instead. Determined to make a movie, Martin and Marie move to New York. There, they get involved with wealthy Kim Ulander (Christopher Walken), an enigmatic businessman with quirky tendencies and a repressed desire to live dangerously. If they aren't careful, this daring duo may not come out of this deal alive.
Griffin Dunne as Martin Mirkheim
Dennis Hopper as Dr. Luther Waxling
Christopher Walken as Kim Ulander
John Turturro as Ron
Ethan Hawke as Roger
Rosanna Arquette as Lauren Mirkheim
Robert Knepper as Daniel Strong
Illeana Douglas as Marie Davenport
Martin Scorsese as The Accountant
Jason Ferraro as Young Daniel Strong
David Thornton as Rob
Karole Armitage as Red River Valley dancer
Dan Hedaya as Tailor
Search and Destroy maintains a 33% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes.