White Sands (1992)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Release Date - Apr 24, 1992 (USA)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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A suicide found in the desert with 500,000 dollars cash stuffed in a briefcase makes Sheriff Ray Dolezal (Willem Dafoe) curious. What was the dead man up to? Sensing that if he follows the money, he'll find crime at the end of the trail, Dolezal assumes his identity. He soon discovers the dead man was a paid informant for an FBI agent (Samuel L. Jackson) trailing an arms dealer (Mickey Rourke) who works with an intermediary (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). Dolezal begins to suspect that he's being set up to take a big fall when the money is stolen from him and the dead man's girlfriend (Maura Tierney, in an early role) gets killed after she tells him that her beau had a partner in a scheme to steal the money from the FBI. Will his enemies discover his real identity? Will the FBI agent turn on him? Will he get back the money?

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bad-guy, drugs, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), federal-agent, fortune [wealth], good-guy, impersonation, investigation, killing, messenger, murder, Native-American, sheriff, sting [scam], weapons-dealer