|Directed by||Larry Cohen|
|Produced by||Bill Elliott|
|Written by||Larry Cohen|
|Starring||Billy Dee Williams|
|Music by||Patrick Gleeson|
|Edited by||Steve Mirkovich|
|Distributed by||CineTel Films|
RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
|October 16, 1987|
Hamberger is a freelance private eye without a license and without a car, who hangs out at delis looking for potential work. He is approached by a businessman claiming to be Alex Burtonm who offers him $100,000 to kill his wife Sharon who knows too much about his business dealings. Hamberger accepts a down payment of $25,000 but instead decides to inform Sharon of the plot and helps her flee by plane. Nevertheless Mrs. Burton is soon found shot dead in the house with Hamberger's fingerprints all around the crime scene.
After escaping from Detective Lefferts at his apartment Hamberger confronts the businessman at a party. The man attacks him with a scythe and Hamberger throws him out a window. The party guests inform Hamberger that the man was not Mr. Burton at all so Hamberger returns to his apartment where he explains the situation to Detective Lefferts and is taken to view the body of Sharon Burton, who is not the woman he met either. Hamberger uncovers a heroin distribution operation through a link to a modeling agency and seeks to find the real killer before the police take him in for a crime he did not commit. The film ends in a final armed showdown at Shea Stadium.
- Billy Dee Williams as Hamberger
- Vanity as Rina
- Morgan Fairchild as Jane Mallory / Sharon Burton
- John Beck as Alex Burton
- Dennis Hallahan as Burton Impostor
- Joseph Cortese as Detective Paul Lefferts
- Joe Spinell as Crazy Man in Gun Bureau (as Joe Spinnel)
Deadly Illusion premiered in the United States on October 16, 1987, and in the Philippines on July 6, 1988.
- "Deadly Illusion". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Deadly Illusion (1987)". IMDb. Amazon.com. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Grand Opening Today". Manila Standard. Standard Publishing, Inc. 6 July 1988. p. 14. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
A "Police Story" at its best! There's nothing like it before!