Fifty/Fifty

50-50 is an adventure/comedy in which French, a seedy, but likable character, has been hired by a sinister captain to help invade an island for treasure. When French and the other men from the ship land on the island they are surrounded by enemy troops. All are killed, except for French, who manages to escape the island in one of the rafts, only to have the raft sink out from under him with sharks approaching from all sides.

French wakes up in a hospital, realizing that he did not die, and is now in enemy hands. French's eyes widen when he sees Jake, the sergeant of the enemy troops, as they are long time friends who worked together for the C.I.A. many years ago. Only the two men are aware that they know each other. When French is taken to be questioned by the captain, Jake covers for him. He tries to convince the captain that French is holding back important information regarding the attack on their island, so the captain will not order him killed. The plan backfires and the captain orders both of them to be killed. The pair make a daring escape and decide that they should go after the treasure for themselves. We follow the mischievous pair through a series of mishaps, romance, heroism and sweet revenge.

  • Starring: Charles Martin Smith, Peter Weller, Robert Hayes and Ramona Rahman
  • Director(s): Charles Martin Smith
  • Producer(s): Wagner/Singer Production
  • Screenwriter(s): Dennis Shryack, Michael Butler
  • Distributor: Cannon Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Wednesday, April 01, 1992
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

In the opening scene we see the sharks approaching French in his sinking raft. One of the soldiers aims a bazooka and fires at the sharks. These ""sharks"" were really men in scuba gear with fake fins strapped to their backs. There were no sharks in these waters at the time of filming. We also see a close-up of two cobras slithering across the sand. This was and insert shot of cobras filmed in their natural habitat.

In one scene Jake is crossing a stream by stepping on rocks. He steps on one ""rock"", which moves and rears up to reveal what is actually an elephant. The elephant stands, knocking Jake into the water. The elephant was verbally cued by his owner/trainer to lay in the water and to stand when the actor stepped up onto his back.

In another scene French is going to climb over a fence. Just before he grabs the fence a moth flies by, touching the fence, and is electrified. This scene was shot in cuts. The real moth was seen flying and then special effects made it appear that the moth disintegrated when it touched the fence. The fence was not actually electrified.

In the opening scene we see the sharks approaching French in his sinking raft. One of the soldiers aims a bazooka and fires at the sharks. These "sharks" were really men in scuba gear with fake fins strapped to their backs. There were no sharks in these waters at the time of filming. We also see a close-up of two cobras slithering across the sand. This was and insert shot of cobras filmed in their natural habitat.

In one scene Jake is crossing a stream by stepping on rocks. He steps on one "rock", which moves and rears up to reveal what is actually an elephant. The elephant stands, knocking Jake into the water. The elephant was verbally cued by his owner/trainer to lay in the water and to stand when the actor stepped up onto his back.

In another scene French is going to climb over a fence. Just before he grabs the fence a moth flies by, touching the fence, and is electrified. This scene was shot in cuts. The real moth was seen flying and then special effects made it appear that the moth disintegrated when it touched the fence. The fence was not actually electrified.

Other animal action included French having conversation with a goat, a horse being ridden, Oxen pulling a wagon, chickens, goats and monkeys in background scenes, ducks swimming and sparrows flying.

Other animal action included French having conversation with a goat, a horse being ridden, Oxen pulling a wagon, chickens, goats and monkeys in background scenes, ducks swimming and sparrows flying.