An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

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Kathleen McCarthy
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Dutch Peltz
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Delbert 'Whitey' Haines
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Captain Fred Gaffney
Randi Brooks ...
Joanie Pratt
Steven Lambert ...
Bobby Franco
Christopher Wynne ...
Jack Gibbs
Jan McGill ...
Jen Hopkins
Vicki Wauchope ...
Penny Hopkins
Melinda Lynch ...
Sarah Smith
John Petievich ...
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Dennis Stewart ...
Lawrence 'Birdman' Henderson
Randy Pelish ...
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Amy Cranfield
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Storyline

Lloyd Hopkins, a hard-boiled American police detective is on the trail of a mass murderer who is victimizing women in Los Angeles. The pursuit leads him through a world that has become his own natural habitat - a nasty world of crime, drugs, prostitution and male hustlers where "innocence kills" and continued exposure corrupts. Paradoxically, it's also a world of love, secret admirers, romantic feminist poets and modern chivalry. And for the viewer, it's the background for an exciting, suspense movie. Written by Dave Cook <cookd@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca>

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11 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Blood on the Moon  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,884,315 (USA)
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Writer/Producer/Director James B. Harris and star/Producer James Woods both worked for scale on this film in order to get it made. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Hopkins is looking over the newspaper classifieds in the victim's apartment (around the ninth minute) the first advert circled in red is the last column of the newspaper, the second advert circled in red in the second newspaper is in the second last column to the right. In the very next scene however the circled advert is again in the last column of the newspaper even though the detective was clearly seen placing the first newspaper on the desk. See more »

Quotes

Lloyd Hopkins: How'd he know the guys were Mexican?
Detective: They spoke with Mexican accents.
Lloyd Hopkins: To each other?
Detective: Um, didn't ask.
Lloyd Hopkins: There's your first lead.
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Referenced in Spellbinder (1988) See more »

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James Woods at his best.
1 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is one of those rare treats that you see on a TV channel from time to time. The plot is a standard and unsurprising affair but what sets it apart is James Woods' sardonic, cynical and hilarious portrayal of a tough, world weary cop who has no time for 'do-gooders' and over sensitive types. It just goes to show that the talented input of one actor can turn an unremarkable film into something special. Cinematic magic... If you liked the Onion Fields or is role in any number of films that would otherwise have been pants then you will like this film. Long may he continue to be on of the movie business's greatest assets...


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