Fair Game (1995 film)

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Fair Game
Fair game.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Sipes
Produced by Joel Silver
Screenplay by Charlie Fletcher
Based on Fair Game 
by Paula Gosling
Starring William Baldwin
Cindy Crawford
Steven Berkoff
Christopher McDonald
Salma Hayek
Music by Mark Mancina
Cinematography Richard Bowen
Edited by David Finfer
Steven Kemper
Christian Wagner
Production
  company
Silver Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • November 3, 1995 (1995-11-03)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million (estimated)[1]
Box office $11,534,477[2]

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.

The film is based on Paula Gosling's novel of the same name, which was previously adapted into the 1986 Sylvester Stallone film Cobra.

Locations used for the film included Coral Gables, Florida, Miami Beach, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Geena Davis, Julianne Moore and Brooke Shields were all offered the role of Kate McQuean, but they all passed as they were busy with other projects, before Cindy Crawford was immediately cast.

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.

Reception[edit]

Box Office[edit]

Fair Game is considered to be a box office bomb, grossing only USD$11.5 million out of a $50 million budget.[3]

Critical response[edit]

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." [4] 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.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Cobra, a 1986 film based on the book of the same name.

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