An Occasional Hell (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  1 November 1996 (USA)
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A former policeman-turned college professor of forensics, is asked by a widow to solve the murder of her unfaithful husband and the disappearance of his mistress who may have been linked to some drug dealers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Gillen
Alex Laughton
Craig Fox
Draper Jewett
Trenton McDevitt ...
Male Student (as Trent McDevitt)
Sherril M. Turner ...
Trooper Brown
Cameron Glaesner ...
Aleta Jewett
Don Tilley ...
Clifford Jewett


When a married man is found murdered, and his girlfriend is missing, the police suspect the wife of the murdered man. The wife turns to a professor at college who is a medically disabled ex-cop to help clear her. Not wanting the job at first, he eventually does begin to investigate the crime while fighting the demons and the pain of his own life. The clues are scarce, but one clue is that the man was murdered with an unusual weapon - a musket. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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An ex-cop haunted by his past, his murder and his future. See more »

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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Acosado por su pasado  »

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Cast contains the entire band Jump Little Children, in their only onscreen credits. See more »


Dewalt's car changes color during the movie. See more »


Written and Performed by James Intveld
Courtesy of Bear Family Records
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So so mystery
24 January 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Tom Berenger portrays a college professor who returns to his former line of duty as a detective when Valeria Golino hires him to investigate her husband's death. Berenger's character suffers from old wounds which inhibit his abilities and also induce some weird hallucinations.

So so mystery-thriller benefits heavily from Tom Berenger's outstanding performance as the tragic lead character. Too bad the script and bland direction couldn't do better, this is standard mediocre fare all the way. Robert Davi does a good supporting job, as does Valeria Golino. They all deserve better.

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