"Fifty/Fifty" is a thoroughly mediocre action film that fails to hit the required tongue-in-cheek tone. Obviously video-driven pic marks an inauspicious return of Cannon Pictures to the theatrical marketplace after an eight-monthhiatus.

“Fifty/Fifty” is a thoroughly mediocre action film that fails to hit the required tongue-in-cheek tone. Obviously video-driven pic marks an inauspicious return of Cannon Pictures to the theatrical marketplace after an eight-monthhiatus.

Peter Weller and Robert Hays topline as soldiers of fortune in the Far East who are commandeered by the CIA for a mission to depose evil Gen. Bosavi (Dom Magwili) as ruler of the nation of Tengara.

They cornily train the green troops of rebel leader Akhantar (Kay Tong Lim) while vying for the romantic affections of his niece (Ramona Rahman). Of course the CIA doublecrosses them and naturally the duo singlehandedly save the day.

Structured as an old-fashioned buddy romp, pic shamelessly imitates “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” to ill effect. Charles Martin Smith gives a very wishy- washy reading of the nominal CIA bureaucrat bad guy and directs the film in similarly “who cares?” fashion.

Weller is bland (he was far more expressive in the recent direct-to-video release “Sunset Grill”), while Hays, with perennial chin stubble, is comic relief. Stunts and other tech credits for this Malaysian-lensed opus are adequate.

Fifty/Fifty

Production

A Cannon Pictures release of a Raymond Wagner/Maurice Singer production. Produced by Singer, Wagner. Directed by Charles Martin Smith. Screenplay, Dennis Shryack, Michael Butler.

Crew

Camera (Rank color; Film House prints), David Connell; editors, James Mitchell, Christian A. Wagner; music, Peter Bernstein; production design, Errol Kelly; sound (Ultra-Stereo), Cameron Hamza; assistant director, Robin Oliver; stunt coordinator, Hubie Kerns Jr.; special effects supervisor, Conrad Rothman; 2nd unit director, Eric Weston; 2nd unit camera, Ross Berryman; casting, Ellen Lang, Anna Lim (Malaysia). Reviewed at Embassy 1 theater, N.Y., Feb. 26, 1993. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 100 min.

With

Jake Wyer - Peter Weller
Sam French - Robert Hays
Martin Sprue - Charles Martin Smith
Suleta - Ramona Rahman
Akhantar - Kay Tong Lim
Gen. Bosavi - Dom Magwili
Col. Kota - Azmil Mustapha
Liz Powell - Ursala Martin

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