Fair Game (1995 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Sipes|
|Produced by||Joel Silver|
|Screenplay by||Charlie Fletcher|
|Based on||Fair Game
by Paula Gosling
|Music by||Mark Mancina|
|Edited by||David Finfer
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||November 3, 1995|
|Running time||91 minutes|
|Budget||$50 million (estimated)|
Fair Game is a 1995 action film directed by Andrew Sipes. It stars Cindy Crawford as family law attorney Kate McQuean and William Baldwin as Max Kirkpatrick, a Florida police officer. Kirkpatrick ends up on the run to protect McQuean when she is targeted for murder by ex-members of the KGB with interests in a ship owned by a Cuban man who may lose it in a divorce case being pursued by McQuean.
Kate McQuean (Cindy Crawford) is a Miami lawyer who—in the course of a divorce proceeding—attempts to seize a 157-foot freighter docked off the Florida coast in lieu of unpaid alimony.
The freighter is the current base of operations of Ilya Pavel Kazak (Steven Berkoff), a former KGB agent who has become an international money laundering expert, and he has also become the leader of a group of terrorists.
When Kate is unintentionally hit by a stray bullet, Miami detective Max Kirkpatrick (William Baldwin) is assigned to the case, and then an attempt is made on Kate's life.
Max becomes her protector, as it turns out that Kazak wants Kate dead. Max and Kate travel throughout Florida, dealing with Kazak's henchmen along the way. When Kazak has Kate kidnapped and taken to the freighter, Max boards the freighter in an attempt to rescue Kate. The film ends when Max and Kate decide to blow up the freighter, to put an end to the whole mess, after Kate refuses to give Kazak the city's money. As the freighter sinks, Kate says to Max, "You owe me a new boat." The duo laughs as a rescue helicopter picks them up.
- William Baldwin as Max Kirkpatrick, a Miami police detective
- Cindy Crawford as Kate McQuean, a civil-law lawyer who becomes a target for murder
- Steven Berkoff as Colonel Ilya Kazak, a rogue ex-KGB operative now heads a group of terrorists
- Christopher McDonald as Lieutenant Meyerson, Max's boss
- Miguel Sandoval as Emilio Juantorena, the owner of the freighter where Kazak's base of operations is at
- Johann Carlo as Jodi Kirkpatrick, Max's cousin who is a forensics specialist
- Salma Hayek as Rita, Max's ex-girlfriend
- John Bedford Lloyd as Detective Louis Aragon, Max's partner
- Olek Krupa as Zhukov, Kazak's henchman
- Jenette Goldstein as Rosa, Kazak's brutal henchwoman
- Dan Hedaya as Walter Hollenbach (uncredited), Juantorena's attorney
Initially, Fair Game ran for 95 minutes, but after re-edits and reshoots, the film came in four minutes shorter. After poor test screenings, Warner Bros. cut some scenes and reshot others. In the original version, Elizabeth Pena played the role of Rita, Max's ex-girlfriend, hence her name was included on the poster and the trailer. But when test audiences thought that Pena didn't seem right for the role, she was fired and Salma Hayek was brought in to replace her, saying that the only reason she took that part was that she insisted that she rewrite the scenes she was in. Cindy Crawford and William Baldwin also shot additional scenes to help boost the relationship between their characters. Crawford also shot more scenes on her own in order to develop her character. Dan Hedaya had a bigger part in the original cut, but was shortened down to just one scene and he chose to go uncredited for that reason. The extra filming/additions and re-edit caused the film to be delayed by three months.
Fair Game was panned by critics, with review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes giving it a score of just 13% based on reviews from 24 critics, with an average score of 2.4/10. Most critics singled out Crawford's poor acting, with Liam Lacey of the Globe and Mail saying that "One could scavenge the thesaurus to find synonyms for 'awkward' to describe Crawford's performance."  It was nominated for three Razzie Awards, for Worst Actress (Crawford), Worst New Star (Crawford) and Worst Screen Couple (Crawford and Baldwin), where it lost all of these categories to Showgirls.
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