A race car driver has visions of the victims of a serial killer before their demise and tries to get a skeptic police detective and an ambitious reporter to help him find the killer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Gavin
Gloria Freedman
Blake Garrett
Ted Prior ...
Jimmy Clayton
Gina Clayton
Lt. Bruce Ellis
Graham Timbes ...
Sgt. Mancina
Jerry Douglas Simms ...
Lori Cline
Doris Hearn ...
Mrs. Needlemyer
Trevor Hale ...
Brian J. Scott ...
Ken Kennedy ...


Jimmy Clayton is a race car driver who has visions of the murders that have been happening locally. The police do not believe him and he is not aware of what is happening to him. When he has a vision of his sister Gina being murdered, he needs to make an investigation of his own. With the help of local reporter Gloria Freedman, Jimmy tries to determine who the murderer is and analyse his visions. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Rated R for violence, language and drug content. | See all certifications »




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28 June 1991 (USA)  »

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A cara do assassino  »

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1.33 : 1
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Though he did a made-for-television movie the same year, this marks Glenn Ford's final film appearance. See more »


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Strictly for box office name
25 August 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although given first billing for his box office name Glenn Ford is a strictly a supporting character in Raw Nerve. He plays a police captain and superior officer to Jan-Michael Vincent who is part of a triangle involving himself, former wife Sandahl Bergman who is an investigative reporter and stock car driver Ted Prior. And Prior is a chief suspect in a string of brutal murders of some pretty young women.

In Peter Ford's recent biography of his father he says that Raw Nerve was his father's final big screen appearance. All I can say is after seeing Raw Nerve it's a good thing for posterity that Glenn Ford did the made for television film Final Verdict after this one got inflicted on the public on the big screen. And what really surprised me is that Peter Ford did not mention Final Verdict at all in his book. That was a work his father could have been proud of.

Prior who is on the surface sunny and affable and a good guardian for sister Traci Lords down deep has a whole lot of issues, really big issues. He also gets visions of the various murders and they seem to point to his mechanic Tex Cobb.

Raw Nerve is trashy and exploitive and certainly not a film I'd like to be remembered for.

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