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Friedrich Dürrenmatt (based on "Es geschah am hellichten Tag" by)
Doug Magee (screenplay)
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18 January 1996 (Netherlands) See more »
To get inside a killer's head, a cop must pick the next victim... before the killer does.
A troubled detective befriends a single woman and her daughter with the intention of using them as bait for a serial killer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard E. Grant ... Viktor Marek
Lynsey Baxter ... Milena Tatour

Perdita Weeks ... Anna Tatour
Simon Cadell ... Vladimir Kozant

Thom Hoffman ... Alexi Berka

James Laurenson ... Pavel Novak

Heathcote Williams ... Stephen Nuslauer
Roger Sloman ... Ludek Dittmayer
Gerard Thoolen ... Jan Pastorek

Elizabeth McKechnie ... Eva Pastorek
Joanna Dickens ... Old Lady Gas Station
Jade Hope ... Jana Kaisler
Vladimír Kulhavý ... Martin Wittman
Boudewijn de Groot ... Dog Owner

Robert Cavanah ... Policeman Caves
Natasa Hanusová ... Desk Policelady
Marta Hrachovinová ... Schoolteacher
Nina Jiránková ... Head of School

Nela Boudová ... Policewoman Pictures

Amber Taylor ... Lady Antique Shop

Directed by
Rudolf van den Berg 
Writing credits
Friedrich Dürrenmatt (based on "Es geschah am hellichten Tag" by)

Doug Magee (screenplay)

Produced by
Haig Balian .... producer
Chris Brouwer .... producer
Arnold Heslenfeld .... line producer
Patricia McMahon .... line producer
Original Music by
Yves Elegeert 
Stefan Truyman 
Cinematography by
Igor Luther 
Film Editing by
Kant Pan 
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart  (as Karen Lindsay Stewart)
Production Design by
Zdenek Flemming 
Art Direction by
Zdenek Flemming  (as Zdenek Fleming)
Costume Design by
Linda Bogers 
Makeup Department
Libuse Barlova .... makeup artist
Derrick Bosch .... makeup artist (as Derek Bosch)
Dick Naastepad .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jan Bílek .... production supervisor
Tomas Gabris .... production supervisor
Jolana Heralova .... unit manager
Daniela Staskova .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Hellman .... first assistant director
Jan Mensík .... second assistant director
Art Department
Vladimir Janosek .... property master
Zdenek Jiráský .... props
Edu Kisman .... storyboard artist
Karel Kucera .... props
Roman Makovy .... constructor
Vojtech Makovy .... constructor
Petr Vaclavek .... assistant art director
David Voborsky .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Simone Galavazi .... assistant sound engineer
Roberto van Eijden .... production sound
Ladislav Lahoda .... stunts
Jaroslav Tomsa .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Zdenek Cermak .... electrician
Josef Cernusak .... key grip
Jiri Curin .... gaffer
Stanislav Dorsic .... camera operator
Michal Fairaizl .... still photographer
Radek Faltejsek .... grip
Bohumil Havlicek .... best boy
Jiri Horych .... electrician
Hruska .... focus puller: second unit
Kazi Kopecka .... third assistant camera
David Luther .... focus puller
Jakub Simunek .... camera loader: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ton Hermans .... wardrobe assistant
Jaroslava Vesela .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Jeremy Child .... assistant editor
Location Management
Vaclav Hrdina .... location manager
Transportation Department
Ladislav Marek .... light truck driver
Other crew
Petr Cermak .... cashier
Stanislav Dorsic .... operator: second unit
Loes Gosschalk .... accountant
Natasa Hanusová .... director production assistant
Jirí Jelinek .... production accountant
Lucie Kolesova .... interpreter
Nicole Kytyrova .... interpreter
Milos Lochman .... runner
Monika Machytkova .... secretary
Michael O'Loughin .... assistant re-write
Tracy Pane .... publicist
Amber Taylor .... production coordinator
Annette Van de Berg .... production secretary: Holland
Susan Weeks .... tutor chaperone
Psutka Zdenek .... caterer

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Argentina:106 min | Netherlands:107 min | USA:101 min | UK:96 min
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Vladimir Kozant:Shoot... please!
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
In The Cold Light Of Day... This is still rubbish., 17 July 2015
Author: wrightiswright

Now I don't claim to be an expert in the field of catching a child killer, but I'm pretty sure that renting a house next to the road where you think he frequents, and then hiring a woman under false pretenses to be your housekeeper so her young daughter can be used to lure him out into the open, is pretty reprehensible behaviour.

And yet, we're supposed to SIDE with rogue detective Richard E Grant's character here, in his mad quest to capture the murderer. The policemen who try to stop him and possibly save this child's life are depicted as being in the wrong... And there's your first problem from the off. What kind of sick mind would say that Grant was justified in his illegal activities? Not me... So a story based on this dodgy premise is difficult to watch when you hate the so- called hero's guts.

Aside from that 'slight' misstep, the actual portrayal of the killer is laughable. He has this stuffed dog puppet you see, and uses it to tempt his victims out into the open... Where he slits their throats. The way he voices this cuddly pooch though, could only possibly appeal to babies. No kid old enough to walk would go along with this weirdo, who talks like a lobotomised Play School presenter. And yet, all these young girls he slaughters think it's a 'magic dog' he's holding, and follow him like lemmings walking off a cliff. I didn't buy it for a second.

His motives are never really explained... All we know about him is he's a doctor, and he holds tea parties with child dummies at his house. A wacko most definitely, but a bit more information about his background would be nice if we're to be convinced he's a psychopath. Anything would be better than the endless scenes of Grant sitting around taking down the registration plates of cars, or his just-a- little-bit forced relationship with love interest Lynsey Baxter, who of course forgives for him for lying and putting her child in mortal danger at the hands of a predator for weeks. As you do.

And if all THAT wasn't bad enough, the acting here can be summed up in one word... hamtastic. What do you mean it's not in the dictionary?! Well, one day it will be. And you have this film to thank for putting the inspiration in my head. Well done, The Cold Light Of Day. You might as well be eulogised for SOMETHING... 4/10

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