Starring Bryan Brown
as Rollie Tyler
and Brian Dennehy as Lt. Leo McCarthy, F/X was released in 1986
(it was also known as Murder by Illusion). The
movie was a hit with critics, and did well at the box
office. The distributer felt that the movie might
have done better had they given it a different name.
It did well enough to warrant a sequel in 1992, as well
as a TV series that ran from 1996 to 1998.
In the movie, Tyler is a movie set special effects pro who was hired
by the Justice Department to
stage the death of a informant that is headed to the witness protection
program. Because the Feds are afraid that the
informant might be killed before the trial, they have
Tyler create an elaborate set-up whereby Tyler not only
stages the murder, put "pulls the trigger" himself.
After the staged murder goes off without a hitch, Tyler
finds that the Feds are trying to kill him.
In the mean time, as Tyler goes about the
business of setting the record straight by killing the
Feds who are trying to kill him, officer McCarthy
discovers the murder of the informant was a fake, that
the Feds set it up, and he goes after the main Federal
agent, a guy named Mason. Tyler tricks Mason into
grabbing a super glued uzi, and then pushes Mason out
the door, where the state police shoot him down.
During the fracas, Tyler ended up with a key to a lock
box with millions of dollars in it, and McCarthy is wise
to Tyler's plan. In the end, even after having
faked his own death, McCarthy finds Tyler, and the two
team-up to retrieve the money and live out their rest of
their lives in Europe.