Boiling Point (1993)

R | 92 mins | Drama | 16 April 1993

Director:

James B. Harris

Writer:

James B. Harris

Cinematographer:

King Baggot

Editor:

Jerry Brady

Production Designer:

Ron Foreman

Production Company:

Hexagon Films
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HISTORY

Referring to the picture as Money Men, the 10 Apr 1992 Screen International reported that principal photography would begin the following week. The 19 Apr 1993 DV review estimated a $9 million budget.
       The film was the first to be produced in the U.S. by the French company, Studio Canal Plus, under their Hexagon Films brand, according to the 29 Jun 1992 DV.
       Principal photography was completed on 29 May 1992, as announced in the 4 Jun 1992 HR.
       According to the 16 Apr 1993 HR, Boiling Point opened that day in 1,425 theaters. Following the verdict of the Rodney King civil rights trial in Los Angeles, CA, filmmakers changed the print ads for the Los Angeles market, removing the gun from the image of actor Wesley Snipes. Robert Friedman, publicity president at Warner Bros., the film’s domestic distributor, confirmed the changes were made to show sensitivity to the situation.
       The picture ends with the following title cards: “Jimmy Mercer and Vikki Dunbar have since taken up residence in Newark, New Jersey,” and “Rudolph “Red” Diamond was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. He is currently preparing his ... More Less

Referring to the picture as Money Men, the 10 Apr 1992 Screen International reported that principal photography would begin the following week. The 19 Apr 1993 DV review estimated a $9 million budget.
       The film was the first to be produced in the U.S. by the French company, Studio Canal Plus, under their Hexagon Films brand, according to the 29 Jun 1992 DV.
       Principal photography was completed on 29 May 1992, as announced in the 4 Jun 1992 HR.
       According to the 16 Apr 1993 HR, Boiling Point opened that day in 1,425 theaters. Following the verdict of the Rodney King civil rights trial in Los Angeles, CA, filmmakers changed the print ads for the Los Angeles market, removing the gun from the image of actor Wesley Snipes. Robert Friedman, publicity president at Warner Bros., the film’s domestic distributor, confirmed the changes were made to show sensitivity to the situation.
       The picture ends with the following title cards: “Jimmy Mercer and Vikki Dunbar have since taken up residence in Newark, New Jersey,” and “Rudolph “Red” Diamond was sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. He is currently preparing his appeal.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Jun 1992.
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Daily Variety
29 Jun 1992
p. 3, 15.
Daily Variety
19 Apr 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Jun 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Aug 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 1993
p.1, 31.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 1993
p. 5, 10.
Los Angeles Times
16 Apr 1993
p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
17 Apr 1993.
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New York Times
17 Apr 1993
p. 16.
Screen International
10 Apr 1992.
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Variety
19 Apr 1993
p. 46.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. presents
A Hexagon Films production
A film by James B. Harris
A Warner Bros. release
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Co-exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Line prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam op
Steadicam asst
Steadicam asst
Dir of photog (Aerial)
Dir of photog (Aerial)
Cam asst (Aerial)
Cam asst (Aerial)
Cam asst (Aerial)
Coord (Aerial)
Still photog
Elec best boy
Rigging gaffer
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Generator op
Dolly by
Generator op
Dolly by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Prop asst
Lead person
On-set dresser
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Paint foreperson
Painter
Const foreperson
Const foreperson
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Labor
COSTUMES
Cost des
Set costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus score mixer
Big band selections prod and arr by
Mus coord
Mus clearance by
Mus clearance by
Underscore orch by
Underscore orch by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Playback op
Dial ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd asst
Foley artist
Foley artist
Post sd coord
Supv re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
Foley mixer
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
Walla group
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff provided by
Titles by/Opticals by
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Key hairstylist
Mr. Snipes' hair by
Asst hairstylist
Asst hairstylist
Key makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod office coord
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Transportation coord
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Hexagon staff
Hexagon staff
Asst prod office coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Accounting asst
Asst to Mr. Snipes
Asst to Mr. Snipes
Mr. Snipes' trainer
Asst to Mr. Hopper
Extra casting
Voice casting
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
LAPD coord
Caterer
Craft service
Cars furnished by
Insurance company
Helicopter pilot
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Money Men by Gerald Petievich (New York, 1981).
SONGS
“Money Men Blues,” written and produced by Mitchell Marcoulier, performed by Sweat Pea Atkinson
“Money Men,” written and produced by Mitchell Marcoulier, performed by Mitchell Marcoulier
“They’re Gonna Get You,” written and produced by Daniel May, performed by Zero Ted (featuring Steve Wood)
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SONGS
“Money Men Blues,” written and produced by Mitchell Marcoulier, performed by Sweat Pea Atkinson
“Money Men,” written and produced by Mitchell Marcoulier, performed by Mitchell Marcoulier
“They’re Gonna Get You,” written and produced by Daniel May, performed by Zero Ted (featuring Steve Wood)
“Don’t You Forget It,” written and produced by Cory Lerios and Bob Marlette, performed by Cory Lerios
“Dream,” written by Johnny Mercer, arranged and produced by Daniel May, performed by The Danny May Orchestra
“Jersey Bounce,” written by Bobby Platter, Edward Johnson, Tiny Bradshaw and Robert Wright, arranged and produced by Daniel May, performed by The Danny May Orchestra
“I Was Starting To Feel Romantic,” written and produced by Daniel May, performed by The Danny May Orchestra
“Stompin With Red,” written and produced by Daniel May, performed by The Danny May Orchestra
“First Things First,” written and produced by Daniel May, piano performance by Daniel May.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Money Men
Release Date:
16 April 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 16 April 1993
Production Date:
mid April--29 May 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers, a division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, LP
Copyright Date:
27 May 1993
Copyright Number:
PA618006
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® Cameras and Lenses
Prints
Release prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
France, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32143
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Hollywood, California, U.S. treasury officers Jimmy Mercer and Brady wait in a motel room to make an arrest as their undercover partner, Russo, conducts a deal to buy counterfeit money. Meanwhile, a recently released ex-convict named Ronnie telephones to confirm the meeting with Russo. When Jimmy and Brady hear gunfire over their hidden microphones, they race to the motel room to find Russo murdered, while the buyer, Ronnie, has fled. Later, Ronnie and his partner, Rudolph “Red” Diamond, go to a bus terminal and put the briefcase containing $10,000 taken from Russo into a locker. Red convinces Ronnie that police will not be looking for him because the man he killed was a known criminal. He gives Ronnie $1,000, and tells him to go into hiding for a few days. Elsewhere, Jimmy Mercer visits the home of his former wife, Sally, and asks to see their son, J.C. When she turns him away because of the late hour, he tells her that his partner, Russo, was killed. Sally reluctantly lets Jimmy in to look at his sleeping son. Meanwhile, Red Diamond visits his estranged wife, Mona, at the diner where she works, and Ronnie visits his former girl friend, Carol. Red tells Mona he has changed after his five-year prison stint, and Ronnie tells Carol that prison has made him a better man. Both women are unconvinced. Mona insults Red for forcing her to prostitute herself to pay off his debts, but soon gives in to his charms and agrees to see him after work. They engage in sex, but afterward, Mona tells Red she ... +


In Hollywood, California, U.S. treasury officers Jimmy Mercer and Brady wait in a motel room to make an arrest as their undercover partner, Russo, conducts a deal to buy counterfeit money. Meanwhile, a recently released ex-convict named Ronnie telephones to confirm the meeting with Russo. When Jimmy and Brady hear gunfire over their hidden microphones, they race to the motel room to find Russo murdered, while the buyer, Ronnie, has fled. Later, Ronnie and his partner, Rudolph “Red” Diamond, go to a bus terminal and put the briefcase containing $10,000 taken from Russo into a locker. Red convinces Ronnie that police will not be looking for him because the man he killed was a known criminal. He gives Ronnie $1,000, and tells him to go into hiding for a few days. Elsewhere, Jimmy Mercer visits the home of his former wife, Sally, and asks to see their son, J.C. When she turns him away because of the late hour, he tells her that his partner, Russo, was killed. Sally reluctantly lets Jimmy in to look at his sleeping son. Meanwhile, Red Diamond visits his estranged wife, Mona, at the diner where she works, and Ronnie visits his former girl friend, Carol. Red tells Mona he has changed after his five-year prison stint, and Ronnie tells Carol that prison has made him a better man. Both women are unconvinced. Mona insults Red for forcing her to prostitute herself to pay off his debts, but soon gives in to his charms and agrees to see him after work. They engage in sex, but afterward, Mona tells Red she never wants to see him again. Carol tells Ronnie to leave her apartment, and he slaps her face. However, before he goes, she kisses him. Sally tells her former husband, Jimmy, that her new boyfriend, Steven, is a good man, and that Jimmy’s lifestyle was too dangerous for her and J.C. In time, Red goes to a hotel to see a man named Tony Dio, and meets a high-class call girl named Vikki Dunbar in the lobby. He asks her for a date, but she declines. Red owes $50,000 to Tony Dio, and asks for a few more months to repay the debt. However, he is given only seven days to pay in full. In the same hotel, Jimmy Mercer meets with his supervisor, Jerry, and is told that his operation with Russo was not “by the book.” Consequently, Jimmy will be demoted and transferred to Newark, New Jersey. When Jimmy asks Jerry to delay the transfer until he can find the man who killed his partner, he is given a week. Afterward, Jimmy and Red stand side by side in the men’s room, unaware of the other’s identity. Jimmy and Brady resume their investigation, and learn that Ronnie had an accomplice. With no leads, Jimmy visits convicted counterfeiter, Freddy Roth, in prison, and asks him who has access to the stash of fake bills he left behind. Freddie gives up the name of his friend, Virgil Leach, as a possible lead. Jimmy tracks down Virgil at a bar, and arrests him for selling counterfeit money. Elsewhere, Red goes on a “date” with Vikki Dunbar, but instead of sleeping with the call girl, he takes her dancing. When Virgil Leach refuses to give up the names of anyone who has used the counterfeit money, Jimmy threatens to go after Virgil’s girl friend, Connie, but Virgil is apathetic and calls her a “junkie.” Jimmy and Brady raid Connie’s home but she refuses to talk until they play a tape recording of Virgil insulting her. Connie tells them about a man, nicknamed Red, who asked for samples of the counterfeit bills. After Vikki’s date with Red, she meets her on-again-off-again lover, treasury agent Jimmy Mercer. Jimmy shares that Russo was killed, and Vikki comforts him. She tells him about her unusual “date” that took her dancing. Afterward, Vikki and Jimmy have sex, and she asks him to take her dancing sometime. Red asks an old associate, attorney Max Waxman, to lend him $50,000, but Waxman refuses. Meanwhile, Jimmy scours the photos of every redheaded criminal in police files, and takes them to Connie’s home in an effort to obtain an identification. Through the window, he sees Virgil Leach’s girl friend, Connie, in a drug-induced state, sitting in her kitchen with the gas stove on. As she looks at Jimmy and Brady, she ignites a lighter and blows up her house. Red meets Ronnie, proposing another scam, and instructs him to visit Max Waxman. Ronnie makes a deal with Waxman to sell him $250,000 in counterfeit bills in exchange for $50,000. Sometime later, Ronnie meets Max’s henchman, Michael, to make the exchange. Ronnie murders Michael and takes the $50,000 to Red. However, Red counts the money and discovers they have been cheated, as Waxman has sent counterfeit bills. Jimmy Mercer arrives at the crime scene, certain the killer is the same man who killed Russo. When they link Michael to Max Waxman, Jimmy and Brady take Waxman for a car ride and question him about the redheaded man. Waxman threatens to report them for kidnapping, but finally relents and tells them about a conman he knows named Red Diamond. He reveals that a man named Ronnie had approached him with counterfeit money to sell, but Waxman was unaware, until that moment, that Red and Ronnie were working together. With one day left to pay, Red contacts Tony Dio and tells him he does not yet have the money he owes. Dio threatens to kill Red if he fails to pay. Red lies to Ronnie, saying that a man named Tony Dio witnessed Ronnie kill Russo, and Red encourages Ronnie to kill Dio to silence him. Jimmy and Brady stake out Red’s home, but he never returns. Later, Red takes Vikki Dunbar dancing again, then has sex with her. At night, Jimmy visits his former wife Sally, insisting they speak. However, when he sees his son in the arms of Sally’s boyfriend, Steve, he leaves. Jimmy searches for Vikki Dunbar and tells her he is quitting the force and leaving town after he finds Russo’s killer. Vikki asks about his son, and Jimmy tells her he realized the boy was better off with Sally. He asks Vikki to go away with him, but she tells him that running away never works, and tries to convince him not to leave the force. Elsewhere, Red visits Mona at the diner, and asks her to give him another chance. When she agrees, he invites her to go dancing at the Palace to celebrate. Jimmy and Brady follow Red as he leaves the diner and picks up Ronnie. Seeing Ronnie’s briefcase, Brady insists they make an arrest before someone gets killed. The officers follow Red and Ronnie into Tony Dio’s hotel. In the elevator, Red instructs Ronnie to meet him at the Palace after the murder. They break down the door of the penthouse, and Ronnie shoots Tony and his associate, while Red steals the money from the desk. They escape to the roof, as Brady and Jimmy enter. Red insists they separate and meet at the Palace to split the money. However, Red is captured and held and gunpoint by Jimmy and Brady. He tells them Ronnie is waiting for him at the dance hall, and they accompany Red there to capture Ronnie. Under police surveillance, Red signals Ronnie to join him on the balcony. Red spins the story, claiming that police followed Ronnie to the club. After Red points out the undercover officers, Ronnie draws his gun and fires, as Red takes cover. Ronnie is killed, and Red flees with the money. However, when Red gets to the door, he is met by officers and arrested. Mona arrives at the Palace and sees Red being taken away by police. +

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