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DOWN & DIRTY:
Suspense/Thriller: A corrupt Atlantic City cop tries to figure out who assassinated the Secretary of Defense during a heavyweight boxing match.

NITTY GRITTY:
Rick Santoro (NICOLAS CAGE) is a flamboyant and on-the-take Atlantic City police detective who meets Navy Commander Kevin Dunne (GARY SINISE), a Department of Defense staffer who happens to be Rick's best friend, at a heavyweight boxing match.

Dunne is in charge of providing protection for the Secretary of Defense, Charles Kirkland (JOEL FABIANI), who is attending the match. When Dunne goes off to investigate a mysterious woman, the Secretary is assassinated right next to Santoro. Dunne manages to kill the assassin.

Santoro immediately has the arena sealed and quickly takes steps to save his friend's career and his investigation of the thousands of fight fans who are all now witnesses to the crime. Santoro tries to sort out the answers from key witnesses who may know something about the murder.

Santoro looks at the videotapes of the fight to find a clue. He spots heavyweight boxing champion Lincoln Tyler (STAN SHAW) take a 'phantom' punch right before the shots were fired. Santoro finds Tyler and grills him for more information. Tyler admits that he threw the fight and that a guy in the stands who said 'Feel the pain' was his signal to hit the mat.

Santoro's investigation leads him to Julia (CARLA GUGINO), the mysterious 'blonde' who Santoro saw talking to the Secretary moments before he was shot. After some cat and mouse games Santoro finds Julia and locks her in a part of the casino.

Julia told Santoro that a conspiracy may be behind the assasination. She had information about some faked tests of a new Navy weapon and she was going to expose the scandal to Kirkland.


THE ENDING:
Santoro goes back and reviews the videotapes of the fight again, hoping for a break. He spots a small blimp camera hovering over the fight. He asks a technician about it and is told that it is a new camera they were trying and no one knew about it. Santoro asks to see the videotape from the blimp camera. The videotape shows Santoro's friend Dunne waiting outside the fight and then after the shooting moving immediately to the assassin and killing him.

Dunne and a couple of his thugs grab Santoro and beat him up. Dunne wants to know where Santoro has hidden Julia. Santoro 'escapes' and heads for Julia. Unfortunately, Dunne let him escape and is right behind him.

Dunne finds the girl and is about to kill her when he is suddenly confronted by local police. Instead of laying down his gun, Dunne kills himself.

WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
What was the big deal with the hurricane? So it rolled a giant ball into a wall and exposed the 'real' killer...so what?


 
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