According to dangerous rules

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German title According to dangerous rules
Original title Exception to the rule
Country of production USA , Canada , Germany
original language English
Publishing year 1997
length 93 minutes
Director David Winning
script Shell Danielson ,
Shuki Levy
production Jeff Sackman ,
James Shavick
music Richard Bronskill
camera John Houtman
cut Michael John Bateman

According to dangerous rules (original title: Exception to the Rule ) is an American - Canadian - German action thriller from 1997 . Directed by David Winning and written by Shell Danielson and Shuki Levy .


Timothy Bayer has a good job at the company owned by his wife Angela’s father and trading in diamonds. Angela is pregnant. Timothy meets Carla Rainer, with whom he spends one night. He then tells her the relationship cannot continue.

Timothy receives a package with a video tape on which he can be seen having sex with Rainer. Later, Rainer disrupts a business lunch attended by Timothy, Angela and Angela's father. Timothy meets with Rainer, who blackmails him and demands that the next shipment of diamonds be handed over. He hires a man to shadow the woman, but the man is later found murdered.

Timothy meets with Rainer again, to whom he gives diamonds and in return receives the original of the recording sent to him. It turns out that he is cooperating with the police who provided him with a small recording device. Rainer notes that the diamonds are not real. She and her accomplice Ron Lansing ambush Angela at the family estate. Angela flees while Rainer shoots her accomplice. Timothy rushes to his wife's aid and is shot, while Rainer falls a few meters in the stairwell and is impaled on a sculpture. Angela tells her injured husband that she will forgive him.


Cheryl DeWolfe scoffed in the Apollo Movie Guide for having seen similar films. If the "lame plot" is not enough to stay away from the film, this could possibly be achieved by "B-actors" who would "trample" through "poorly written scenes" . On the other hand - the sight of the naked Kim Cattrall could arouse the interest of the viewer. Although the action should take place in San Francisco , well-known buildings in Vancouver are visible. Low budget doesn't have to mean low quality, but this film is an exception to the rule.


David Winning won in 1997 the Gold Award of the World Festival Houston .


The film was shot in Vancouver and a few other locations in British Columbia . It was released direct to video in the UK .

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Individual evidence

  1. Film review by Cheryl DeWolfe ( Memento of the original from December 2, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed July 11, 2008 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Filming locations for Exception to the Rule , accessed July 11, 2008
  3. Release dates for Exception to the Rule , accessed July 11, 2008