Deadly Illusion

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Deadly Illusion
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Directed byLarry Cohen
William Tannen
Produced byBill Elliott
Irwin Meyer
Steve Mirkovich
Michael Shapiro
Rodney Sheldon
Michael Tadross
Written byLarry Cohen
StarringBilly Dee Williams
Music byPatrick Gleeson
CinematographyDaniel Pearl
Edited bySteve Mirkovich
Ron Spang
Distributed byCineTel Films
RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
Release date
October 16, 1987
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Deadly Illusion is a 1987 action/crime thriller film directed by Larry Cohen and William Tannen.[1] It stars Billy Dee Williams, Vanity and Morgan Fairchild.


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.



Filming took place at Rockefeller Center, Times Square in Manhattan and at Shea Stadium in Queens.[2]


Deadly Illusion premiered in the United States on October 16, 1987, and in the Philippines on July 6, 1988.[3]


  1. ^ "Deadly Illusion". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Deadly Illusion (1987)". IMDb. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "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!

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