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Detective Jerry Black has made a promise he can't break, to catch a killer he can't find.

Jerry Black (Jack Nicholson) is about to retire as chief of police in a small mid-western town. A beautiful blonde little girl has just been found brutally murdered and raped in the woods near the town and Jerry is the one who must tell the parents about her death. He makes a solemn oath to her mother, Lori (Robin Wright Penn), that he will catch the killer.

Also starring Dale Dickey as Strom, Benício del Toro as Toby Jay Wadenah, Aaron Eckhart as Stan Krolak, Helen Mirren as the doctor, Tom Noonan as Gary Jackson, P Adrien Dorval as the Sheriff, Vanessa Redgrave as Annalise Hansen, Sam Shepard as Eric Pollack, Patricia Clarkson as Margaret Larson, Lois Smith as Helen Jackson, Harry Dean Stanton as Floyd Cage, Pauline Roberts as Chrissy, Brock Johnson as Lori's husband and Mickey Rourke. Written by Jerzy Kromolowski from the book by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, directed by Sean Penn.

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

You'll like this low-key serial killer thriller which is more about the pursuer than the pursuit. One for the grown ups.

A good effort, will do well next time.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Features:
    • Cast and director biographies
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9 enhanced
  • Subtitles: English
  • Trailers: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

R 18+ (Adult themes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

123 minutes (2:03 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 9 August 2001
DVD rental: 6 February 2002
DVD retail: 6 February 2002
VHS rental: 6 February 2002

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