Trespass (1992 film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Walter Hill
Produced by Neil Canton
Written by Bob Gale
Robert Zemeckis
Starring Bill Paxton
William Sadler
Ice Cube
Music by Ry Cooder
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 25, 1992 (1992-12-25)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million
Box office $13,747,138

Trespass is a 1992 action-crime-thriller movie directed by Walter Hill, starring Bill Paxton, Ice Cube, Ice-T, and William Sadler. Paxton and Sadler star as two firemen who decide to search an abandoned building for a hidden treasure but wind up being targeted by a street gang.

Trespass was written years earlier by a pre-Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. The film was intended to be an update of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). It was to be titled Looters, but because of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the producers thought a change to the title would be appropriate.[citation needed]


Two Arkansas firemen, Vince (Bill Paxton) and Don (William Sadler), meet an hysterical old man in a burning building. The old man hands them a map, prays for forgiveness, then allows himself to be engulfed in flames. Outside the fire and away from everyone else, Don does a little research and finds out that the man was a thief who stole a large amount of gold valuables from a church and hid them in a building in East St. Louis. The two decide to drive there, thinking they can get there, get the gold, and get back in one day.

While they're looking around at the abandoned building they need to be in, though, they spot a gang, led by King James (Ice-T), who is there to execute an enemy. Vince and Don witness the murder, but give themselves away and only manage to force a stalemate when they grab Lucky (De'voreaux White), King James' half-brother. Barricading themselves behind a door, they continue trying to find where the gold is. Adding to their troubles is an old homeless man, Bradlee (Art Evans), who had stumbled in on them while they were trying to find the gold.

King James eventually calls in some reinforcements. While doing some reconnaissance, Raymond (Bruce A. Young), the man who supplies guns to King James, finds Don and Vince's car and the news of the gold, and figures out why "two white boys" would be in their neighborhood. Raymond manipulates Savon (Ice Cube), one of James' men (who would rather just kill Don and Vince than follow James' approach of trying to talk to them) into shooting at Don and Vince, which eventually leads to Lucky's being shot himself. (Savon: "I guess he wasn't too lucky, huh?") King James is now furious and runs after Don and Vince, who have now found the stash of gold (having determined the map was drawn with the intention of looking UP at the ceiling, instead of down at the floor) and are trying to get out with it while avoiding King James.

The gold changes hands several times, once with Savon, then again with Bradlee, while people are shooting everywhere. Eventually, Don and King James meet and end up killing each other. Savon and Raymond also kill each other. The building they were in gets burned to the ground. Vince encounters Bradlee outside the building, and Bradlee tells Vince to run. (Vince cannot drive away, since Raymond ripped out the wires in his engine, gave him four flat tires, and cut the line to his CB radio). Once Vince is out of the way, Bradlee picks up the haul of gold that was left behind and walks away, laughing.



The film was mostly shot at the vacant Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, formerly an operating mill complex located in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Construction of the complex began in 1881 on the south side of the Georgia Railroad line, east of downtown Atlanta, on the site of the Atlanta Rolling Mill. The site now includes separate phases of multi-family dwellings including for-rent apartments (called The Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts) and for-sale condominiums (The Stacks). [1]


The film was meant to be released on 3 July but this date was delayed due to the 1992 Los Angeles riots; the film was retitled and a new marketing campaign devised.[2] The movie was also given a new ending after test screenings wherein black audiences expressed dissatisfaction with the end, when both Ice-T and Ice Cube died. "The message of the movie got lost in the gunfire", said Bob Gale.[3]


The movie gained mixed to positive reviews from critics.[4][5][6][7] As of November 12, 2014, Trespass holds a 68% critics' rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.[8]

Box office[edit]

The film debuted poorly.[9] It went on to gross just $13.7 million in North America.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ The Icemen Cometh: 'Gangster Rappers' on Set Gamerman, Amy. Wall Street Journal (1923 - Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 Dec 1991: A18.
  2. ^ Pond, Steve (1974). "Burned Out at the Box Office". The Washington Post (Washington, D.C]). p. Current Fie: 08 May 1992: B7. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Cliff & Harrington, Richard (May 27, 1992). "Rap's Unheard Riot Warning: Now Comes L.A. Analysis From Ice Cube". The Washington Post (1974-Current file) (Washington, D.C.). p. C7. 
  4. ^ "Trespass". Washington Post. 1992-12-25. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Trespass". Entertainment Weekly. 1993-01-08. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  6. ^ Canby, Vincent (1992-12-25). "Review/Film; Hey, They're Firemen, You Thugs, Not Cops!". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  7. ^ "Trespass". Chicago Sun Times. 1992-12-25. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Trespass (1992)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  9. ^ Fox, David J. (1992-12-28). "Christmas Crowd Opts for the Tried and True : Box office: Holiday weekend sees expected surge in moviegoing with established hits selling most of the tickets.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 

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