White Sands

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Deputy sheriff Ray Dolezal (Dafoe, in an assured performance) is an upstanding citizen, complete with wife (Rogers), son and white stetson. But life in his backwater New Mexico town is thrown into turmoil after the discovery of an apparent suicide victim, together with a case containing $500,000. Assuming the corpse's identity to investigate the mystery, Ray encounters villains who relieve him of the loot and the clothes off his back; but worse is to come in a meeting with FBI agent Meeker (Jackson), who reveals that the money belonged to the Bureau. It's all down to the do-good deputy to get it back, which means making friends with both shady-lady Lane Bodine (Mastrantonio) and Gorman Lennox (Rourke), who has the money earmarked for a weapons deal. In the absence of real substance, Donaldson's stylish direction borders on the self-conscious, though cinematographer Peter Menzies Jr captures images of startling richness and clarity.

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Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Donaldson
Screenwriter: Daniel Pyne
Cast: Mimi Rogers
M Emmet Walsh
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Sam Samuel L Jackson
Maura Tierney
Willem Dafoe
Mickey Rourke
James Rebhorn
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