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Snake Eyes [DVD] [1998]

Nicolas Cage , Gary Sinise , Brian De Palma    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Stan Shaw
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Brian De Palma, David Koepp
  • Producers: Brian De Palma, Chris Soldo, Jeff Levine, Louis A. Stroller
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYNQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Brian De Palma's 1998 thriller is largely an exercise in airing out his orchestral, oversized visual style (think of his Blowout, Body Double or Raising Cain) for the heck of it. The far-fetched story featuresNicolasCage as a crooked police detective attending a championship boxing match at which the Secretary of Defence is assassinated. The unfortunate Secretary's right-hand man (Gary Sinise) happens to be Cage's old friend, a fact that complicates the cop's efforts to reconstruct the crime from conflicting accounts--a directorial strategy bearing similarities to Kurosawa's Rashomon. The outrageousness of the scenario essentially gives DePalma permission to construct a baroque cathedral of spectacular camera stunts, which (he well knows) are inevitably more interesting than the hoary conspiracy plot. (The opening scene alone, which runs on for a number of minutes and consists of one, unbroken shot that moves in from the street, following Cage up and down stairs and in and out of rooms until finally ending ringside at the match, is breathtaking.) The shifting points of view--based on the contradictory statements of witnesses--also give De Palma licence to get creative with camera angles and scene rearrangements. The script bogs down in the third act but De Palma is just revving up for a big, operatic finish that is absolutely gratuitous but undeniably impressive. Yes, it's style over substance in Snake Eyes but what style you're talking about.--Tom Keogh

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Snake Eyes [Region 2]

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lively thriller, but not De Palma's best. 22 Jun 2009
By Sam
No commentary track, no "making of Snake Eyes" feature, very hard to find interviews about this film anywhere in fact "Snake Eyes" seems to have been sent to the Davy Jones locker equivalent of forgotten cinema. Over ten years old it seems to exist as the beginning of a worrying slide at least commercially for it's distinguished director Brian De Palma who has not enjoyed any major success at the box office since 1996 with "Mission Impossible". Yet I seem to have developed a minor obsession with this seemingly unremarkable film, hence this review.

"Snake Eyes" begins with a grandiose tracking shot, a rather long, complicated and quite unforgettable sequence which begins outside the casino in the beginning of a hurricane and finds Richard Santoro, a hot-shot, corrupt Atlantic city cop played by Nicolas Cage, in another high energy performance, strutting his way past television cameras, shaking down a hustler played Luis Guisman for some cash, placing a bet, talking to his wife and flirting with his mistress on his cell phone almost simultaneously and meeting up with his best friend, a naval commander, Kevin Dunne, played by Gary Sinise who happens to be running security for the secretary of defence in attendance at the fight. Once Cage and Sinise sit down talk and the fight starts the mesmerising opening shot is brought to an end just before the secretary is shot (shortly after Sinise left his post having noticed a "suspicious character").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cages Best Film 31 Aug 2011
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It`s unconventional and maybe a bit old fashioned,as the film is carried by its strong acting performances,good directing,and great soundtrack. Cage is perfect as the corrupt cynical cop who finds he has a moral limit. Cage & Sinise (& Kevin Dunn!) have been in some good films but nowhere have they seemed more real or impressive-It`s an actors film not an FX film.I wish they`d make a few more like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars De Palma and Cage 12 May 2011
By j.r
Nic Cage in this film is completely manic as a very exagerated corrupt cop. In one of the early scenes he even declares he's the king. However bare with the film as his character grows on you and you realise its actually a good performance that fits well with the movie. Its a thriller revolving around an assassination at a boxing match in Atlantic City during a hurricane. Theres some very good camera work throughout the movie in De Palmas trademark style. The cast is good, featuring Gary Sinise and Carla Gugino, but its mainly a Cage film, and whether you like it will largely depend on whether you like him and De Palmas style. If you enjoyed Blow Out and Body Double and you like Nic Cage you'll definately enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 27 Feb 2014
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Very good quality, excellent would recommend it to friends and family. We really enjoyed it was wonderful. Just what we needed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie 24 Feb 2014
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If you looking for action watch this movie it's a good movie with a twist so recommend it to everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 29 July 2013
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Bought for me dad, mums not happy with me as he just sits watching this, literally every night. Sorry mum x
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snake eyes 25 Jan 2013
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When I saw it first time I enjoyed it and this was the reason for buying it, but now it was not so exciting. You might like it if you watch it first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film of the year 26 Nov 2012
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Because I love this film and the actors. Are brilliant I like the story line and I like the acting
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