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Jade (1995)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  13 October 1995 (USA)
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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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Matt Gavin
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Karen Heller
Ken King ...
Petey Vasko
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Bill Barrett
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Pat Callendar
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Patrice Jacinto
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D.A. Arnold Clifford
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Mr. Green (as Robin Thomas)
Jay Jacobus ...
Justin Henderson
Victoria Smith ...
Sandy
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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,795,017 (USA)
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Kenneth Branagh was the first choice for the part of Matt Gavin. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the NO BRAKES scene at the top of the hill the main character's mustang has come to a stop and is shown leaking brake fluid. There is a shot of him looking down perplexed, only he is pushing the gas pedal instead of the brake. Apparently this shot was mistakenly inserted to Be a sign that the brakes were going bad. In context it seems to do the trick. However,closer examination shows it is the wrong pedal and should have resulted in the car accelerating, not sitting still, as is shown in the very next shot. Later, when the brakes are gone, he is using using the correct pedal. See more »

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Lew Edwards: I do the fucking, I never get fucked!
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Where Or When
By Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Peter Duchin and The Peter Duchin Orchestra
Produced by Frank Filipetti
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Unintentionally good, in a sad, quasi repulsive, quasi idiotic way
20 December 2009 | by (Martinique) – See all my reviews

This is a Basic Instict rehash plain and simple, actually it's a pre draft of basic instict. The directing is a mess, I can't believe this guy shot the french connection. But now he's old and where he tries to be different here, he is instead just plainly bad...Tight close ups for no reasons, boring set scenes, saturated photography...the cast is decent but with such a trite script...the dialog is worse than trivial.

Its only saving grace is an unintended one, and maybe with that meditation in mind this can actually become a good film: Because the grotesqueness, blandness and stupidity in the realisation and script of this film reflects the world of powerless unsexual morons acting all powerful and sexual. Obviously this is unintended as this tries to be edgy, erotic and smart. It tries to be a murder mystery, a who done it on coke a la BI, but it ends up being a who gives a ..., I 've never been so emotionally detached at the end of any mystery.

But in this way it poetically conveys within it's form the artificiality of power and sex, the dead end that is pleasure without sentiments and sensibility.

A bland, derivative, tasteless film about power, sex and wealth, that fails so miserably that its failure becomes a medium of expression and gives the film an unintended second narrative level. It's also starkly realist, because what can be more real than a failed Hollywood flop on sex, money and power. You don't see people doing realistic actions, but you see people acting, directing badly, writing scripts badly. The epitome of decadence.

It could even be quite a good sobering experience, even weirdly lyrical if one watches it with that in mind.


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