Boiling Point (1993 film)

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This article is about the American film. For the film by Takeshi Kitano, see Boiling Point (1990 film).
Boiling Point
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James B. Harris
Produced by Leonardo De La Fuente
Marc Frydman
Written by James B. Harris
Gerald Petievich
Starring Wesley Snipes
Dennis Hopper
Lolita Davidovich
Viggo Mortensen
Narrated by Tobin Bell
Music by John D'Andrea
Buddy Feyne
Cory Lerios
Cinematography King Baggot
Edited by Jerry Brady
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • April 16, 1993 (1993-04-16)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $10,058,318 (USA)

Boiling Point is a 1993 American action film written and directed by James B. Harris, and starring Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper, Lolita Davidovich and Viggo Mortensen. The film was released in the United States on April 16, 1993. This was James B. Harris' last film-making, who was retired as a film director.


This film opens with police officer Jimmy Mercer (Wesley Snipes) and his partner Brady (Dan Hedaya) doing some undercover work, when Mercer's fellow agent is shot and killed by a new man, Ronnie (Viggo Mortensen) that criminal Red Diamond (Dennis Hopper) pulled out of jail. Now on a snap of anger and thoughts of revenge, Mercer wants to find the killer and take him down before he gets transferred to another precinct. Although a cop and close colleague claims over dinner that Mercer must do it "by the book," Mercer replies that "when I'm done with this motherfucker, I'm gonna put him in a box..... by the book."

Red continues to try to build a relationship with one of his old girlfriends but fails. Through explosions and action, Mercer's temper rises with the suspense.

At a club which Mercer is at, coincidentally at the same time as Red and Ronnie, the latter pulls out his gun on the second floor, to which Mercer quickly reacts by unloading all six rounds of his snubnose .38 into Ronnie. Red is arrested. Justice is served.



The film earned negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews.

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