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Living to Die (1990)

A burned-out private detective in Las Vegas gets involved in blackmail and murder.


Wings Hauser


Stephen Smoke


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wings Hauser ... Nick Carpenter
Darcy DeMoss ... Maggie Sams
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Edward 'Eddie' Minton
Arnold Vosloo ... Jimmy
R.J. Walker R.J. Walker ... Lieutenant Frank Howard
Rebecca Barrington Rebecca Barrington ... Married Woman
Raymond Martino Raymond Martino ... Michael
Minnie Madden Minnie Madden ... Jasmine
Wendy MacDonald Wendy MacDonald ... Rookie Policewoman
Janice Carter Janice Carter ... Blues Singer
Ronald Lee Rathers Ronald Lee Rathers ... Guitar Player
Osvaldo Villate Osvaldo Villate ... Mitch
Brian Stevens Brian Stevens ... Steve
Daniel Gilbert Daniel Gilbert ... Jake
Tami Durham Tami Durham ... Secretary


A burned-out private detective in Las Vegas gets involved in blackmail and murder.

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Release Date:

December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jogo Traiçoeiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Stars Wings Hauser and Arnold Vosloo had previously worked together on Reason to Die, another serial killer thriller with a similar title. See more »

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Perfect breasts and unfinished endings
29 August 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Wings Hauser – that name alone is dynamite – was a semi-popular lead actor in entertaining and unscrupulous B-movies of the eighties and early nineties. He appeared in two really great movies ("Vice Squad" and "The Siege of Firebase Gloria") but the vast majority of the titles on his repertoire are long-forgotten trash flicks of questionable quality. Still, he has a handful of dedicated fans (yours truly included) that attempt to track down and watch every movie he every starred in. For "Living to Die" he even worked himself up to be director! Good job, Wings! Well, almost a good job, actually, because there are quite a few shortcomings here. Like the title itself, the movie is pretty meaningless, cheap and campy. The plot turns and twists like a pretzel and contains all the typical ingredients of a raunchy B-movie of its era, like extortion, hookers, betrayal, gritty striptease clubs and giant Las Vegas neon lights. There's plenty of action, but not a trace of continuity or logic. During the intro sequences, Nick Carpenter is still an (honest?) cop in Los Angeles, but after the credits all the action takes place in Vegas and the events of the intro are never mentioned anymore. Suddenly Nick is an ex-cop who fills his days with gambling and drinking J&B Whiskey. He's called in by an acquaintance, the rich and incredibly arrogant Edward Minton, because some amateur blackmailer (Arnold Vosloo) wants a million dollar in exchange for keeping the bizarre death of a prostitute secretive. Nick is supposed to meet with the blackmailer, but everyone he meets gets killed before his eyes. He then discovers that the prostitute is still alive, but falls in love with her himself and comes up with a couple of really stupid plans. I honestly can't refer to "Living to Die" as a good film, but at least I was never bored! There are two things that make the film worthwhile and memorable, namely the impeccable breasts of Darcy DeMoss and the completely unconventional and seemingly random climax. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen such a bizarre, illogical and unexpectedly sudden ending in a film of this kind. It almost seems like they ran out of budget and/or inspiration and just abandoned the whole thing.

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