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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Gavin
Karen Heller
Ken King ...
Petey Vasko
Bill Barrett
Pat Callendar
Patrice Jacinto
D.A. Arnold Clifford
Mr. Green
Jay Jacobus ...
Justin Henderson
Victoria Smith ...


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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Žad  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)


$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 »


The windshield of David Corelli's car. See more »


Matt Gavin: There's only three fun things in life, paisà: money, sex and power.
David Corelli: Two out of three's not bad.
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Written & Performed by Egberto Gismonti
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...the good bits don't save the movie
17 February 2001 | by (Gateshead, England) – See all my reviews

"Jade" hasn't got enough in the way of memorable scenes or entertaining dialogue to be a thriller. My impression is of a "that'll do, let's get it in the can" attitude towards the script, the direction and the lack luster air of some of the cast. The video cassette I have says on the packaging:"An Erotic Thriller". There is quite a lot of what could be called sex in this movie, but the last thing it has is eroticism. I bought my copy from the special offers rack at a local store, reduced 70% from retail. There is a hung jury on whether or not I wasted my money!

Two of the leading players, David Caruso "David Corelli" and Linda Fiorentino "Trina Gavin" look uncomfortable in every scene they do. When David Caruso left east coast cop TV to make movies in Hollywood I imagine this by the numbers effort wasn't the sort of thing he had in mind. Linda Fiorentino has made better appearances too. I prefer to remember her in "The Last Seduction" and "Body Count". "Body Count" also provides an opportunity to see David Caruso doing much better work.

Perhaps fortunately, Chazz Palminteri and Richard Crenna seem completely at home with their roles of "Matt Gavin" and " Lew Edwards" respectively. The MG characterization is well done. Chazz Palminteri's interpretation, with its calculated cordiality and sinister edge, makes a decent job of unexceptional material. LE is Governor of California. Richard Crenna gives him just the right amount of ruthless deviousness to be entirely believable as a career politician.

Other things about "Jade" are worth a mention - at least they interest me, anyway! The set dressing of the rich man's house has been done in impressive style by people who clearly know how to create visual atmosphere. Some of the soundtrack music is also better than routine. The closing credits are accompanied by an excellent, haunting vocal, "The Mystic Dream", performed by Loreena McKennitt. At least I think that's the lady's name, the credit is fuzzy on my tape.

Being few and far between, the good bits don't save the movie.

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