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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viktor Marek
Lynsey Baxter ...
Milena Tatour
Anna Tatour
Simon Cadell ...
Vladimir Kozant
Alexi Berka
James Laurenson ...
Pavel Novak
Heathcote Williams ...
Stephen Nuslauer
Roger Sloman ...
Ludek Dittmayer
Gerard Thoolen ...
Jan Pastorek
Eva Pastorek
Joanna Dickens ...
Old Lady Gas Station
Jade Hope ...
Jana Kaisler
Vladimír Kulhavý ...
Martin Wittman
Boudewijn de Groot ...
Dog Owner
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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 tortures 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 but continues to track the killer. While following a lead in an old road, Marek meets the girl Anna Tatour that has a flat tire of 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 to see the cars that use the road and he invites Milena ... 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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18 January 1996 (Netherlands)  »

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Isca Mortal  »

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[last lines]
Vladimir Kozant: Shoot... please!
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Version of La promessa (1979) See more »

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Beautifully crafted thriller
12 August 2002 | by (New York, U.S.) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, this is one of the better movies to come out of Europe in the past decade. The film's power lies not, like so many of its Hollywood counterparts, in bombastic displays of action and violence, but rather in a well balanced mix of superb character development and a thoughtful but well-paced plotline. The film functions on many levels and probes deeper into the minds of its characters than almost any other film I've seen.

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