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Raymond Martino




United States

Movie poster of Skyscraper, a 1996 direct-to-video American film starring Anna Nicole Smith as Carrie Wink holding a gun in front of a burning building and helicopter, with a serious face, curly blonde hair, and wearing a black sleeveless low cut top.

William Applegate Jr.
John Larrabee

Release date
July 24, 1996 (1996-07-24)

Eighty-six floors of action-packed terror!

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Skyscraper is a 1996 direct-to-video movie starring Anna Nicole Smith. It was directed by Raymond Martino and written by William Applegate Jr. and John Larrabee. The movie's plot borrows heavily from the film Die Hard with Smith taking the lead role.


Anna Nicole Smith as Carrie Wink holding a gun, with a serious face, curly blonde hair, and wearing a black sleeveless top in a movie scene from Skyscraper, a 1996 direct-to-video American film.

Plot summary

Anna Nicole Smith as Carrie Wink with an angry face while touching her blonde hair with buildings in the background and a picture frame, and wearing a white spaghetti top in a movie scene from Skyscraper, a 1996 direct-to-video American film.

Carrie Wink (Anna Nicole Smith) is a beautiful and voluptuous helicopter pilot employed by a company (Heliscort) that offers heli-taxi transport to high level clients. She is married to Gordon Wink (Richard Steinmetz), a detective with the LAPD, with whom we see some flashbacks of their relationship.

Movie poster of Skyscraper, a 1996 direct-to-video American film starring Anna Nicole Smith as Carrie Wink holding a gun beside a burning building, with a serious face and curly blonde hair.

Fairfax (Charles M. Huber), a ruthless South African criminal mastermind prone to quoting Shakespeare, is intent on collecting a series of four interlocking electronic devices or circuits that can somehow "shift the balance of power in the world." It is not in any way explained how these devices will achieve this, other than mention that it is involved with satellite tracking, that a whole city could be destroyed and a Third World country is in danger. Through deception and violence he has managed to acquire three of the devices.

Carrie, unbeknownst to her, has shuttled two of Fairfax’s goons to the site of one of their exchanges. The location of the fourth device, tucked away in the Zitex building, an 86-floor skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles, is the scene where most of the drama unfolds as Fairfax sets his sights on securing the last device.

Carrie is again called to pick up a pair of VIPs, who this time turn out to be Fairfax himself and his French assistant Jacques (Jonathan Fuller). She takes them to the Zitex building, where Fairfax has his band of terrorists take over the entire security system and liquidate the security guards as well appropriate an entire floor. Somehow there seems to be very few people in the 86-floor building.

He meets up with Cranston (Eugene Robert Glazer), the possessor of the fourth device. As with the previous three deliverers of the devices, Fairfax plans on killing him. Cranston is mortally wounded in a shootout. Before entering the building, Cranston had suspected trouble, so his companion went in unseen. Before he dies, Cranston escapes with the suitcase holding the device and meets up with Carrie, who helps him up to the roof. He gives her the suitcase and admonishes her to keep it away from Fairfax at all costs.

Carrie is hotly pursued over the roof by a muscular goon. With no way out but over the top, she jumps into a window washer's rig. She attaches herself to a steel winch cable and drops many floors down the side of the building at the speed of gravity until she is brought to a halt by the end of the cable. Now, suspended and dangerously vulnerable to the gunman on the roof, who is shooting repetitively at her, she avoids being shot by constantly swinging around. Carrie finally crashes through a window just as the gunman destroys the winch with machine-gun fire, causing the cable to break free.

Carrie hides the suitcase in a trash trolley. She finds a young boy playing on his toy bike and protects him (the boy's mother has been shot previously; she was blonde and was mistaken for Carrie earlier). Carrie meets up with a small but comically gung-ho security guard and asks for his gun. Now armed, she proceeds back to the floor where she knows that hostages have been taken.

Carrie creates a diversion for the terrorist monitoring the surveillance cameras by igniting fires in the waste paper bins. This action triggers the fire system, alerting the LA fire brigade and disabling several monitors. Fairfax and his associates apprehend her, proposing to exchange the hostages' freedom for the whereabouts of the suitcase. Carrie observes a male hostage being mercilessly killed by a female terrorist after he tries to trade his freedom for $100,000 he embezzled from the building's computer accounts. Subsequently, Carrie discloses the suitcase's location and is escorted to a room by a guard with clear sexual intentions.

Carrie's LAPD officer husband, Gordon (Richard Steinmetz), has been investigating the strange goings-on around town. He heads for Zitex (not knowing his wife is also there) and coincidentally stumbles upon his wife's mobile phone. Fearing for his wife’s safety, Gordon leads Fairfax’s men on a chase around the building. Carrie is at the point of being raped by her guard before she stabs him in the leg with a letter opener and shoots him dead.

Now she comes up behind Natasha the terrorist (Deirdre Imershein) and ruthlessly shoots her in the back, freeing the hostages. A previous flashback of Carrie shooting a handgun with her husband shows her to be an expert shot. This flashback also takes the liberty of showing her second sex scene; the first shows her naked in the shower and then in bed with her husband. Her other physical skills—in combat—are still to be revealed.

Gordon is being physically beaten up by a terrorist who is expert in hand-to-hand combat but is rescued by his wife. Fairfax finally finds the device, kills his right-hand man Jacques and heads for the roof, hoping to coerce Carrie at gunpoint into flying him out. He has not bargained on Gordon also being there (Gordon also has the young boy in tow). Gordon is shot in the shoulder. Carrie knocks the gun from his hand and engages Fairfax with swift kicks and punches which ends with Fairfax falling from the 86-story skyscraper to the street below.

The young boy is reunited with his blonde mother, who has not been killed after all, as an injured Carrie and her husband enter an ambulance.

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  • Anna Nicole Smith: Carrie Wink
  • Richard Steinmetz: Gordon Wink
  • Branko Cikatić: Zarkov
  • Calvin Levels: Hakim
  • Jonathan Fuller: Jacques
  • Lee de Broux: Captain Wood
  • Deirdre Imershein: Natasha
  • Charles M. Huber: Fairfax
  • Deron McBee: Leidermeier
  • Vincent DePalma: Johnny Hill
  • Alan Brooks: Booker
  • Gary Imhoff: Dudley
  • Bob McCracken: Williams
  • Eugene Robert Glazer: Cranston
  • Seth Isler: Clancy
  • References

    Skyscraper (1996 film) Wikipedia
    Skyscraper (1996 film) IMDb Skyscraper (1996 film)

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