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Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes (1994)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 2 January 1994
When one of Susan's former patients, a news reporter, turns up dead on the outskirts of Wheaton, the cocaine capitol of Massachusetts, she and Spenser head out to Wheaton to find out why he... See full summary »

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Sonja Smits ...
Carolyn Rogers
J. Winston Carroll
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Beatriz Pizano ...
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Ken James ...
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Lundquist
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Spike
Yvonne Moore ...
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Tweed
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Kingsley
Natalia Jasen ...
Virgie
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When one of Susan's former patients, a news reporter, turns up dead on the outskirts of Wheaton, the cocaine capitol of Massachusetts, she and Spenser head out to Wheaton to find out why he was killed, with Hawk tagging along, and end up getting involved with Felipe Esteva, the head of the cocaine smuggling ring who has the entire town in his pocket. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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2 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Felipe Esteva: Do you know who I am?
Spenser: Ricardo Montalban? I loved you in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
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Followed by Spenser: A Savage Place (1995) See more »

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The best of the "Lifetime" Spenser Movies
1 May 2003 | by (North Central Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a remarkably faithful adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novel. Most of the changes -- Susan's personal involvement in the case -- simply help better convey Parker's writing on-screen.

Some changes are to be regretted: A nice sequence of the novel in which Spenser follows a lead and steals something of the Bad Guy's is given to Hawk, and happens off-screen. A character who's just plain dumb in the novel is retarded in the movie, necessitating a change in his fate that seriously damages the structure of the last act.

But nobody's ever done Parker's dialogue justice the way the late Robert Urich did, and, Mr. Parker's claims to the contrary, he was the perfect Spenser, and playing in a script adapted by Parker from his own novel, and filmed in locations that _looked_ like Massachusetts, this is as close as we've come yet to seeing a Robert B. Parker novel on-screen.


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