8 Action Movies [2 Discs] [DVD]

This eight pack for fans of heart pounding action films offers an extensive collection, including Crosshairs, Notorious, The Contract, and My Little Assassin, and more.
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My Little Assassin
This made-for-TV drama was based on the true story of Marita Lorenz (Gabrielle Anwar), an idealistic American of Latin descent who, in 1959, became fascinated with Fidel Castro (Joe Mantegna), the revolutionary leader who had recently seized control of Cuba. Against the wishes of her mother Alice (Jill Clayburgh), who works with the CIA, Marita travels to Cuba in hopes of meeting the charismatic leader. Fidel is quite taken with her, and he immediately asks her to stay on as his translator and secretary. But it quickly becomes obvious that Fidel's greatest interest in Marita is not professional; they are soon having an affair, and she becomes pregnant with his child. Marita becomes disillusioned with Fidel, believing that power has led him to betray many of the principles he fought for, but she's shocked and confused when she becomes frighteningly dizzy and passes out, only to wake up in New York City several days later, without her baby. Alice tells Marita that she was rescued in a daring raid after Fidel's henchmen poisoned her and aborted her unborn child. Alice now tries to persuade Marita to return to Cuba -- not to help Fidel, but to assassinate him. Originally produced for the Lifetime cable network, My Little Assassin also stars Robert Davi, Ada Maris, and Scott Paulin. The real Marita Lorenz served as an advisor to the production. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

In this crime drama, New York journalist Jake Bridges (William Petersen), off on a bender in Atlantic City, gets into a bar confrontation with Lew Collins (Meat Loaf) but is rescued by gregarious Frankie McGregor (Michael Wincott), a member of a gang headed by Irishman Lange (Michael Byrne), a sadist in a wheelchair. After Bridges gets an eyeful of Frankie's girlfriend, nurse Melissa (Diane Lane), he finds excuses to drop by the hospital where she works. Admiring Bridges's credentials as a writer, Frankie cultivates his companionship in order to upgrade his schooling in literature. Jake gives him a reading list, while Frankie draws Jake into the gang. Shown at the 1998 Santa Barbara Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Things are not going well today for middle-aged businessman Henry (Dennis Hopper). His young daughter (Chelsy Reynolds) has possibly killed a man in a drunken hit-and-run accident and a slimy business cohort (Roy Tate) is pressuring him to take part in yet another shadowy deal that Henry wants no part of. The stress builds to the point where Henry nearly strangles the con man to death in a public bathroom after he finds out the man knows about his daughter's accident. Though he stops short of killing him, when Henry goes back into the bathroom to check on the man, he finds him dead. Henry quickly throws the body out the window, with plans to pick it up and hide it later. Little does Henry know that the entire episode has been witnessed by a stranger named Will (Michael Madsen), a professional hit man who just happens to have a body of his own in the trunk of his car. He offers to help dispose of the body for Henry, but at a price. ~ Buzz McClain, Rovi

The Fall
Location filming in Budapest adds to the realism of this tense thriller. An expatriate American author (Craig Sheffer) is held hostage by a disturbed woman carrying a razor and willing to use it (Helen de Fougerolles). The wordsmith must quickly decide if the woman is a violent psychotic or if her claims of being threatened by a Communist stooge turned free-enterprise advocate (Jurgen Prochnow) could possibly be the truth. This international co-production was shown as part of the 1999 Hungarian Film Week Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

3 Days Gone
A man with no memory of the past claws his way up from a shallow grave and embarks on a quest to clear his name before 72 hours are up and he's buried for good. Against all odds, Lucas Snow (Christopher Backus) somehow managed to survive being buried alive. But his fight is just beginning, because now he stands accused to stealing $500,000 in dirty money. With time running out and the bad guys hot on his trail, Lucas races to regain his memory by questioning everyone he knows. Someone has betrayed him, and unless he can identify the culprit within the next three days he'll be resting in peace with no hope of resurrection. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

In this adaptation of Hitchcock's 1946 classic, a CIA agent's cover is endangered by her sister-in-law who begins to suspect her true identity. This could be fatal as the agent married an arms-dealer to get information from him. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Legendary assassin Jack Valentine finds his mission to punish a depraved man complicated by a businessman with an irresistible offer, and an ex-lover whose unexpected reappearance tests his integrity in this independent action thriller featuring Tom Sizemore and Mark Rolston. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Contract
The daughter of a special operations officer goes on a mission of revenge after her father is murdered., Rovi

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