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The Real McCoy
The Real McCoy
Actors: Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, Terence Stamp, Gailard Sartain, Zach English
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
PG-13     1998     1hr 45min

A paroled bank robber is forced back to her former trade when her son is kidnapped and the ransom is robbing a particularly well-protected bank. — Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure — Rating: PG13 — Release Date: 27-MAY-200...  more »


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Actors: Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, Terence Stamp, Gailard Sartain, Zach English
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Creators: Allan Wertheim, Gary Levinsohn, Louis A. Stroller, Martin Bregman, Desmond Lowden, William Davies, William Osborne
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Adventure, Family Films
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Live
DVD Release Date: 09/09/1998
Original Release Date: 09/10/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 09/10/1993
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 6/28/2013...
This movie was good and Kim Basinger was great. Not too violent but plenty of action. 4 1/2 stars.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ronald S. (Tony)
Reviewed on 3/6/2011...
This one keeps you on the edge of your seat. Lots of turns throughout. The actors all worked well with each other all through the movie. I enjoyed it.

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Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/22/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It's always nice to see Kim Basinger. A lovely woman and a competent actress, it is her presence that makes THE REAL MCCOY a tolerable bank heist yarn. Basinger plays a slick bank robber who gets out on parole after serving six years of a ten year sentence. Her smarmy husband (an obnoxious Nick Searcy) has told their young son that his mother is dead, but Basinger is determined to have some kind of relationship with the boy. She hooks up with Val Kilmer who plays a fan of hers and who also entices her to do a bank heist for creepy Terence Stamp. Seems that Stamp is the culprit responsible for Basinger's imprisonment, so she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. But Stamp has other plans and kidnaps the son to force her to do the heist. Basinger does well with the conflicting maternal instincts, telling young Patrick that she is a friend of his deceased mommy. The heist itself is staged well by director Russell Mulcahy, but the end result is fairly obvious and even though Basinger has plans of her own, we find ourselves hoping she, Kilmer and the boy come out on top.
Mindless entertainment, but certainly not a dog."
Inessential yet Unoffensive Heist Yarn
Leif Sheppard | United States | 09/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a director of music video clips, Russell Mulcahy is something of a living legend. Aside from directing the first video MTV ever aired (back when they did that sort of thing), he also helmed the clips for acts like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, Billy Joel, and a myriad of other artists. It may take a handful of film class periods to wholly examine his prolific work in the eighties.

As a film director, however, his work is much more difficult to digest. Ricochet and Resident Evil: Extinction are able actioners, but his only real classic is Highlander. Needless to say, it's classic of the most cultish variety, which was probably inevitable considering lead Christopher Lambert is as wooden an actor as a totem pole. I won't even get into wild misfires like The Shadow or low budget television tripe like The Curse of King Tut's Tomb. It's a tall order to get excited about a director that foists that sort of work on an unsuspecting public.

It was quite a surprise, then, to find that "The Real McCoy" stands among some of Mulcahy's best film work. The plotting follows a rather formulaic heist tale, which also requires serious suspension of disbelief on the part of the audience as we're supposed to believe Kim Basinger is some sort of master thief. Val Kilmer portrays an amiable yet inept robber while the great Terence Stamp is sadly wasted as the local crime boss. He's essentially playing the same role Ben Gazzara did in Road House, except Englishman Stamp was forced to adopt a horrific Southern American accent for his role.

Despite a predictable plot and somewhat dubious casting, "The Real McCoy" is an entirely enjoyable heist film in the same vein as The Score. Granted, neither are particularly memorable, yet they make for ample entertainment on a rainy afternoon. Highlights include Kilmer's singularly hilarious botched convenience store robbery and the intricate, if entirely implausible, bank heist at the climax of the film.

In summation, if you're able to believe Basinger as a world-class thief who handles with equal aplomb both air compressed second-story apparati and complex computer wizardry, you may enjoy this film. If you can accept that Terence Stamp is attempting to effect some kind of Southern American accent and has absolutely no room within the script to even pretend to act, you may enjoy this film. If you can stomach a vastly dated, ear-grating score that was composed almost entirely on a mid-eighties era synthesizer, you will almost certainly enjoy this film."
Nice trademark Mulcahy visuals but substance is lacking...
Thomas Elliott | Melbourne, Australia | 10/19/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This 1993 film by legendary Australian film director Russell Mulcahy is unfortunately like much of his later work: A missed opportunity.

As usual with Mulcahy's work it is the visuals here that really keep you watching along with imaginative staging and great editing.

The script isn't all that bad either the basic plot is as follows:

A woman is released from prison, an expert bank robber who wants to settle down and go straight, but her parole officer and her former employer try to get her to pull one more heist.

The main problem I think the film has is the unimaginative performace given by leading actress Kim Basinger. She is not as sexy in this film as she can be, she is not as interesting as she can be and in fact she looks bored.

Val Kilmer offers a little bit of comedic relief but eventually grows tiresome as the film enters it's final act.

I'd give this film two out of five."