Snake Eyes

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Snake Eyes (Touchstone Movie)

“Snake Eyes” is a 1998 mystery thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. The movie stars Nicolas Cage as Rick Santoro, a corrupt Atlantic City police detective who becomes embroiled in a high-stakes conspiracy surrounding the assassination of the U.S. Secretary of Defense during a boxing match.

The film takes place on the night of a highly anticipated boxing match at an Atlantic City arena. Rick Santoro, known for his shady dealings, attends the event with his childhood friend Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise), who now serves as the security chief for the Secretary of Defense, Charles Kirkland (Joel Fabiani). As the match begins, Santoro is more interested in his own illicit activities than the fight.

During the match, a mysterious woman named Julia Costello (Carla Gugino) approaches Santoro, seeking his help. As they converse, a shocking incident occurs: shots are fired, and the Secretary of Defense is killed. Chaos ensues, and Santoro is determined to uncover the truth behind the assassination.

“Snake Eyes” is renowned for its masterful use of long, uninterrupted tracking shots that take the viewer through the casino, the boxing arena, and other locations, giving a sense of real-time immersion in the unfolding events. Brian De Palma’s signature style and visual storytelling create a suspenseful and intense atmosphere.

As the story unfolds, Santoro finds himself caught in a complex web of lies, political intrigue, and personal betrayal. He begins to question the loyalty of those around him, including his friend Kevin, as he delves deeper into the conspiracy.

Nicolas Cage delivers a compelling performance as the morally ambiguous and flawed detective, capturing the character’s frenetic energy and emotional turmoil. Gary Sinise also shines as Kevin Dunne, bringing a sense of depth and complexity to the role.

“Snake Eyes” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, but it remains appreciated for its stylish direction, engaging storyline, and the performances of its lead actors. The film’s twists and turns keep audiences on the edge of their seats until the climactic revelation of the truth behind the assassination plot.

Overall, “Snake Eyes” is a gripping and visually captivating thriller that offers an intriguing blend of political intrigue, mystery, and deception, making it a touchstone film for fans of the genre and Brian De Palma’s distinctive directorial style.

Additional Details


  • Snake Eyes (Touchstone Movie)Nicolas Cage: Detective Richard “Rick” Santoro
  • Gary Sinise: Commander Kevin Dunne
  • Carla Gugino: Julia Costello
  • Joel Fabiani: Charles Kirkland
  • John Heard: Gilbert Powell
  • Stan Shaw: Lincoln Tyler
  • Kevin Dunn: Lou Logan
  • Michael Rispoli: Jimmy George
  • Luis Guzmán: Cyrus
  • David Anthony Higgins: Ned Campbell
  • Mike Starr: Walt McGahn
  • Peter McRobbie: Gordon Pritzker
  • Tamara Tunie: Anthea
  • Chip Zien: Mickey Alter
  • Jayne Heitmeyer: Serena
  • Chip Chuipka: Zietz/Drunk
  • Adam C. Flores: Jose Pacifico Ruiz
  • Eric Hoziel: Tariq Rabat
  • James Whelan: Mayor Frank Banchini


  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Publisher: Brian De Palma
  • Screenplay: David Koepp

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