Run Time: NTSC 98min/ PAL 94min
Director: Cristopher Coppola
Cast: Michael Biehn, Nicholas Gage, Sarah Trigger, James Coburn, Peter Fonda, Talia Shire
After he accidentally kills his father, Mike, during a sting, Joe tries to carry out Mike's dying wish by recovering valuables that Mike's twin brother Lou stole from him years earlier. But Uncle Lou is also a confidence artist, and Joe is soon drawn into his increasingly dangerous schemes. (source: imdb, written by Marg Baskin)
Deadfall is a mystery. One of the biggest mysteries for example in Biehn's career. How can a movie with such a promising crew and cast end up in disappointment? I really can't explain it.
So it's a con movie, and while I'm not particularly fond of this genre I can always appreciate a good movie when I see one. And I don't wanna be harsh on Deadfall. It has a lot of problems storywise but it also has it's charming side. Maybe it's all these great people working in it, I don't know. Maybe it's the weird, noir atmosphere. But it's no where as good as it should be. Once you've seen it, you just feel empty. What the hell just happened? In the worst case, all you can remember is Gage's over the top acting which was very irritating.
Biehn's role in Deadfall is interesting for very wrong reasons. Joe Dolan lacks energy and charm but in Biehn's acting career it's a role that gives us food for thought. The year is 1993 and he has a lead role in an allstar cast. The message being that he was still considered very promising leading man actor. Maybe it's around this time that interest in him really faded. Sure he had Tombstone coming out around the same time but when you're a lead in something of a failure such as Deadfall, I guess that follows you for some time. Again, I'm just assuming. I could be way wrong.