Kevin Gage’s character is killed in the first four minutes of this Jerry Bruckheimer production, before the opening credits start to roll. But his actions are critical to setting up the premise of the film. Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is an honorable fellow, a former Army ranger, but the plot calls for him to be sentenced to 7-10 years in a maximum security Federal prison. Enter Kevin Gage as “Billy Joe,” who is big, bad and foolish enough to provoke Poe into a fight. Poe kills him with his bare hands, providing the film’s reason for the good guy to be locked up.

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