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'Boiling Point'

May 01, 1994|Kevin Thomas

Writer-director James B. Harris' superior 1993 film noir was originally--and more appropriately--called "Money Man," the title of the Gerald Petievich novel on which it is based. It's a stylish, deliberately B-scale movie that boasts an ensemble Grade A cast and emphasizes character over action. Wesley Snipes' U.S. Treasury agent, in pursuit of the person or persons who have killed his partner, and Dennis Hopper (pictured, in one of his best portrayals ever), an ex-con with a taste for counterfeit money, are both on seven-day deadlines. That's how much time Snipes has to close the case before being transferred to Newark. In seven days, Hopper also has to come up with the cash he owes a Mafioso (Tony Lo Bianco). With Lolita Davidovich, Viggo Mortensen, Valerie Perrine, Seymour Cassel and Jonathan Banks (HBO Tuesday at 8 p.m.).

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