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Panic (2000)

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Alex, a hit man, tries to get out of the family business, but his father won't let him do so. While seeking the help of a therapist, he meets a sexually charged 23-year-old woman with whom he falls in love.

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Henry Bromell

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Henry Bromell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Alex
John Ritter ... Dr. Josh Parks
Neve Campbell ... Sarah Cassidy
Donald Sutherland ... Michael
Tracey Ullman ... Martha
Barbara Bain ... Deidre
David Dorfman ... Sammy
Tina Lifford ... Dr. Leavitt
Bix Barnaba Bix Barnaba ... Louie
Nicholle Tom ... Tracy
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Alex - Age 7
Andrea Baker ... Candice (as Andrea Taylor)
Steven Moreno Steven Moreno ... Sean (as Steve Moreno)
Erica Ortega Erica Ortega ... Rachel
Greg Pitts ... Alex - Age 20
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Storyline

Alex, a sad-eyed mournful man, goes into psychotherapy: he discloses he's a hit man. He also tells the doctor, after a few sessions, that he's attracted to a young woman he's met in the waiting room. She's Sarah, 23, quick, edgy, and perhaps attracted to him as well. But he's married, the dutiful father of a young precocious boy, so Sarah brushes him off. In flashbacks we see him get his start as a killer, at his father's prompting: it's the family business. Dad gives Alex his next assignment: to kill the therapist. Alex keeps returning to Sarah, calling her, stopping by her apartment, as he decides what to do about the hit, his father, his marriage, and his malaise. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Story of Family, Lust, Murder ...and Other Midlife Crises

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and elements of violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2001 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Pánico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,006, 3 December 2000

Gross USA:

$779,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$779,137
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

William H. Macy and Neve Campbell co-starred together again 15 years later in the movie Walter (2015). See more »

Quotes

Alex: You shouldn't have done that with Sammy, dad.
Michael: What are you talking about?
Alex: Making him feel bad like that, about spilling the glue.
Michael: [Dismissively] The kid's a retard.
Alex: He's very smart.
Michael: Right.
Alex: He is!
Michael: Okay. I'm sorry. I get aggravated. Tell Martha I'm sorry. Is she pissed at me?
Alex: Yes.
Michael: Did she make you come talk to me? Are you the messenger boy?
[...]
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Beach/Snow Day/Holy Smoke (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Other Side of Never
Performed by Samsara
Written by Paris Hampton, Timothy Bright, Alan Friedman
Published by 60 Cycle/All Art Is Quite Useless Music/Blue Bathrobe
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Nifty little sleeper of a movie.
6 August 2003 | by senortuffySee all my reviews

This is the kind of movie Hollywood needs to make more of. No extravagant props, no car chases, no clever one-liners. Just people dealing with being people.

William Macy plays an unlikely hitman who works for his father, Donald Sutherland. Macy is the dutiful son, Sutherland is the domineering father. Son wants out of the business, father won't let him. Macy loves his own son, played beautifully by David Dorfman ("The Ring"). He also starts to fall in love with Neve Campbell, a girl he meets in the waiting room of his psychiatrist's office.

It's an interesting juxtaposition of characters and the film follows the reluctant killer as he balances his own needs with those of his family. There are many touching scenes, especially between Macy and his little boy. And as you'd expect in a film with William Macy in it, there's a bit of humor too.

Excellent job all around, actors and director. Nice to know they can still make a good film in Hollywood on a small budget.


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