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Special effects are not always what they appear to be in this 80’s movie. A special effects master is hired to help the FBI.


DVD Release

The DVD for the movie FX was released on June 13, 2000 by MGM Video & DVD and is rated R.


When special effects expert Roland “Rollie” Tyler is called upon to stage a murder by the FBI, he has no clue what he was getting himself into in the movie F/X.

In the movie F/X, Roland is no longer the FBI aide, but the hunted, and he must use his special effects to catch all those involved in putting his life in jeopardy.


Roland 'Rollie' Tyler - Bryan Brown
Lt. Leo McCarthy - Brian Dennehy
Ellen - Diane Venora
Lipton - Cliff DeYoung
Col. Mason - Mason Adams
Nicholas DeFranco - Jerry Orbach
Mickey - Joe Grifasi
Andy - Martha Gehman
Capt. Wallenger - Roscoe Orman
Lt. Murdoch - Trey Wilson
Varrick - Tom Noonan
Gallagher - Paul D'Amato
Marisa Velez - as Jossie deGuzman
Whitemore - Jean De Baer
Joyce Lehman (Miss Lehman) - M'el Dowd


The film F/X was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award.

Well-known special effects man John Shears alleges that he was contacted by government agencies to carry out some of the missions similar to that seen in the movie F/X.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie FX was released to theatres on 02/07/1986 by Orion, and grossed $20,603,715 at the box office in the US.

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