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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Mallard
Rachel Carlyle
Colin Bruce ...
Charlie Rand
Kevin Jarre ...
Father George
Michael Chapman ...
Alec Willows ...
Jack Creley ...
Peter Jobin ...
Michael Villella ...
Cop (as Michael Villela)
David Cryer ...
Molly Johnson ...
Female Singer
Hugh McCarten ...
Piano Player


Eddie is a private detective. When a client asks him to help persuade his ex-wife to leave him alone, Eddie says yes. Nothing strange about that ?, well 'ex' refers to the fact that she died 10 years ago. Eddie thinks this will be an 'easy money' case, but soon falls for the beautiful woman who insists she's no ghost. Is she, or isn't she ?. Watch and find out. Written by Rob Hartill

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Some Passions Can Be Deadly




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The Dead Can't Lie  »

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Tommy Lee Jones would later appear as Harvey Dent in Batman Forever (1995), which is set in the fictional Gotham City. See more »


Eddie Mallard: I humored his delusion, and I did it because the sight of $1,000 in one place turned me into an asshole.
Tim: You've been an asshole at least as long as I've known you.
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Bemba Colora
Composed by José Claro Fumero (as Jose Claro Fumero)
Performed by Fania All Stars
Courtesy of Fania Records
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A private detective is hired by a rich client to act as a go between with his ex-wife... who's been dead for ten years!
21 May 2001 | by (Montevideo, Uruguay) – See all my reviews

If now Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones were allowed to delete all memory of one of his previous films, no doubt he would choose this incredible mess of a thriller to cast into oblivion. He plays a private dick who is hired by a rich husband to settle some matters with his ex-wife, who is holding some jewelry of his in her possession. Only that the woman apparently has been dead for a decade! He takes the case thinking of making easy money with a crackpot client, but the woman appears to be alive and well and even very seductive (Virginia Madsen, no less), all qualities painfully lacking in the film, which is slow, poorly acted (evidence of a great lack of enthusiasm on the side of Tommy and par for the course for Madsen)and disconcertingly ambiguous, undecided between a solid thriller of unexpected final twists (which it has not) and a run of the mill ghost-story that had traded horror for sensuality. Really dreadful.

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