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A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.

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Karen Heller
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Petey Vasko
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Patrice Jacinto
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Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the lawman emerges as a prime suspect and he has to deal with his personal feelings as well as the case. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Some women have secret fantasies. Some women have secret lives. See more »

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Rated R for grisly afterviews of murder victims, violence, language and strong scenes of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Žad  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,795,017 (USA)
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Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Richard Dean Anderson, Denzel Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jeff Bridges, Tom Sizemore, Michael Madsen, Willem Dafoe, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson, Ron Perlman, Peter Weller, John Travolta, Dennis Quaid, and Kurt Russell were considered to play Matt Gavin. See more »

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When Trina/Jade puts on her high heel in the hotel room, she puts on a standard high heel. For the rest of the scene, starting immediately with her "torture" of her client, she's shown wearing the high heels with ankle straps from a previous scene. See more »

Quotes

David Corelli: Where did she go?
Matt Gavin: LA, just for a couple of days.
David Corelli: Think she's coming back?
Matt Gavin: Maybe when we get a divorce, you can marry her.
David Corelli: Cool.
Matt Gavin: She said you were a terrible lover.
David Corelli: She lies to protect your frail ego.
Matt Gavin: She said that's why she chose me.
David Corelli: Everybody make mistakes.
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Pau Rolou
Written & Performed by Egberto Gismonti
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Wow, It's not THAT bad.
21 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

I'm shocked by the huge number of negative comments. This film is great, obviously written before Showgirls was released (when the screenwriter's ego was still intact.) Between Joe's deliriously entertaining B-movie dialogue and Friedkin's rock-solid direction, I find this movie fascinating and fun, the only downpoint being the lackluster ending. Jade has the greatest car chase I've seen in any film since the last time this director tackled one, and it's full of cute little references to the rest of his career. There is even a blatant homage to "Cruising" (Al Pacino) for those of you who were really paying attention. When David Caruso takes those cufflinks out of the drawer and looks in the mirror as we fade to the beach skyline...shot for shot and beat for beat it's the last two shots of Cruising, and it even conveys a similar meaning. This movie is clever, raunchy, sexy and fun. It's not the greatest film ever made, but it certainly deserves a lot more credit than it is receiving here. When did film lovers become such humorless prudes? (And why did Friedkin insist that the DVD be released only in a fullscreen version? Why, why, why???)


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