On this day in 1992, “Trespass” was released in U.S. movie theaters. This flick is one of the more underappreciated movies of the 1990s, but was quietly released in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
“Back to the Future” co-writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis conceived the movie, originally called “Looters,” as an update to “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” This time, two Arkansas firemen (played by Bill Paxton and William Sadler) and a crew of drug dealers (the leaders played by Ice-T and Ice Cube) battled over the lost treasure in an abandoned building in East St. Louis, Illinois. Legendary action director Walter Hill helmed the picture and the result was a wickedly entertaining cat-and-mouse action picture.
The film was slated for summer release in 1992 and Premiere magazine projected it to be one of the top 20 grossing films of the season. However, the riots in May of 1992 prompted Universal Pictures to move the release to December and change the name to “Trespass.” The film is widely respected but was lost in the holiday shuffle and did not recoup its $17 million budget.
Nevertheless, the film is available on DVD and can be streamed and is worth seeing.