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In the cut - Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Bacon, Jane Campion

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Movie propaganda

Every thing you know about desire is dead wrong.

Frannie Avery (Meg Ryan) is a romance-wary creative writing teacher, who becomes involved with Malloy (Mark Ruffalo), a homicide detective investigating a murder in her neighbourhood. Encouraged by her half-sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Frannie develops a relationship with Malloy that is unashamedly sexual; yet their refreshing directness becomes deeply undermined by the ongoing and unsolved murders.

After an attack by a masked assailant, Frannie no longer trusts anyone. Not her intense young student Cornelius (Sharrieff Pugh), who is writing a paper about the "innocence" of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Not her disquieting former boyfriend John Graham (Kevin Bacon), who follows her every move. And definitely not Malloy, who now rouses not only her passion but also her suspicions. Fatefully, the independent Frannie cannot ask for help - grieved and terrified, she takes her survival into her own hands.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime police sex murder thriller

Persons of interest

  • Meg Ryan .... Frannie Avery
  • Mark Ruffalo .... Detective James A Malloy
  • Kevin Bacon .... John Graham
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh .... Pauline
  • Sharrieff Pugh .... Cornelius
  • Nick Damici .... Detective Richard Rodriguez
  • Sharrieff Pugh .... Cornelius Web
  • Nancy La Scala .... Tabu
  • Susanna Moore .... Author
  • Jane Campion .... Screenwriter
  • Susanna Moore .... Screenwriter
  • Jane Campion .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Just your average cop roots witness during serial killer investigation film, with some arty stuff thrown in. And a blow job scene à la Intimacy. And a look at Mark Ruffalo's penis and Meg Ryan's breasts. All good fun.

Security censorship classification

R 18+ (High level sex scenes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

119 minutes (1:59 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 13 November 2003

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