R | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.
Will Smith turned down the role of Commander Kevin Dunne to star in another conspiracy thriller that was also released that year Enemy of the State (1998) which Smith starred as a lawyer whom finds himself hunted by NSA agents when he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy when he falls into possession of videotape containing footage of the assassination of a politician whom refused to support the Telecommunications Security and Privacy act.
Commander Kevin Dunne:
'Ricky' Santoro: Fat, fabulous, fantastic - I love her.
Commander Kevin Dunne: How's the other one - what's her name? Candy?
'Ricky' Santoro: Oh, Monique? Skinny, mean, expensive - I *LOVE* her!
The ring shown at the end of the credits puzzles many audiences. It belonged to a woman that Dunne killed and put into a cement mixer, so claims that it introduces some continuity error related to Santoro are wrong.
The end credits scroll over a construction site scene (presumably the new casino), closing in tighter and tighter until the final shot is of a bright red jewel embedded in a concrete pillar that the workmen are installing. Most of the time the jewel is hidden under the hand of one of the workers. The ring was worn by the red-haired woman/Navy agent who was part of Commander Kevin Dunn's scheme.
$16,310,373 (USA) (9 August 1998)
$55,585,389 (USA) (20 December 1998)