Kiss of Death (1995)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Gangster Film, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Release Date - Apr 21, 1995 (USA)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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A convict agrees to go undercover and gather evidence on a notorious crime lord in order to win an early release from prison in this tough, gritty crime drama. Much of the tension develops from the inner conflict of Jimmy Kilmartin (David Caruso), who feels torn between his desire to win freedom for the sake of his family and his belief in a code of honor that sees ratting on others as an unforgivable sin. His misgivings are compounded by fear when he learns that his target is to be the notorious Little Junior (Nicolas Cage), a violent eccentric with a hair-trigger temper. Luckily for the ex-con, Junior takes a shine to Jimmy, welcoming him into his inner circle. While this pleases the investigators, it means further trouble for Jimmy, who would undoubtedly be killed were his deception ever discovered.

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criminal, protection, car, corruption, cousin, death, ex-convict, extramarital-affair, going-straight, gunfighter, imprisonment, one-against-odds, on-the-run, parole, police, redemption, revenge, robbery, witness, Witness-Protection-Program