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The Cold Light of Day (1996)

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A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer.

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Viktor Marek
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Milena Tatour
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Anna Tatour
Simon Cadell ...
Vladimir Kozant
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Alexi Berka
James Laurenson ...
Pavel Novak
Heathcote Williams ...
Stephen Nuslauer
Roger Sloman ...
Ludek Dittmayer
Gerard Thoolen ...
Jan Pastorek
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Eva Pastorek
Joanna Dickens ...
Old Lady Gas Station
Jade Hope ...
Jana Kaisler
Vladimír Kulhavý ...
Martin Wittman
Boudewijn de Groot ...
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In the countryside of an Eastern Europe country, three little girls are murdered in the wood by a pedophile and found naked with one precise cut on the throat. Detective Viktor Marek, who has come from the city, investigates the case, but his superior Pavel Nowak arrests a scapegoat, the pothead Alexi Berka, and forces the youngster to confess the murder since he is disputing the elections. Marek does not agree with the result of the investigation and resigns his job. While following a lead in an old road, Marek meets the girl Anna Tatour that has a flat tire in her bicycle and he offers a ride in his car to the girl. Then, he tells to Anna's mother, Milena Tatour, that she should instruct her daughter to not accept ride from strangers. Marek becomes obsessed to hunt down the pedophile and he decides to rent an old gas station in the old road near to the place where the crimes where committed and he invites Milena to cook for him with the intention of secretly using Anna as a bait. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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To get inside a killer's head, a cop must pick the next victim... before the killer does.

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Fair Remake
15 January 1999 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a fair remake of a grand old movie, "It Happened in Broad Daylight" (1958) or "Es geschah am hellichten Tag" in German.

The story is almost the same, but the movie is much more modern, of course. It has some Hollywood-like cliches that don't suit the original.

If you like detective stories of that kind you might enjoy it, but if you understand just a few words in German I'd always suggest to watch the original old movie with German cult-actor Heinz Ruehmann.


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