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Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

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Charles' Killer
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Mini Golf Owner
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Society Woman
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Tony Michael Donnelly ...
Toby
Tara Carnes ...
Teenage Girl
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Storyline

Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. Written by Ben Borg <benborg@mediaone.net>

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Detective John Hobbes is searching for a criminal he's already met... already caught... and already killed. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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16 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$10,401,566 (USA) (16 January 1998)

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$25,188,006 (USA) (20 March 1998)
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Trivia

During preproduction, Elias Koteas traveled to Ohio to meet a man who could speak Syrian-Aramaic, to help him with his dialogue. The man was happy to help, but would not say the swear words in the speech, as he was too religious. As such, the production had to find another Syrian-Aramaic speaker who was willing to speak the profane lines for Koteas. See more »

Goofs

As Hobbes is driving up to the cabin in the woods, what looks like a cat dashes underneath the house into what appears to be a crawlspace of the type found under houses built on piers. Yet later, Hobbes goes downstairs into what looks like a full basement. Houses on piers do not have basements. The cat runs under the fuel oil tank, not under the house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Azazel: I wanna tell you about the time I almost died...
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Connections

Features Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Sympathy For The Devil
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of Abkco Records
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Overlooked movie
11 July 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is a psychological thriller with every ingredient you could ever want for a great movie-experience in that genre. Denzel Washington acts brilliantly as the highly renowned detective Hobbes who's in for quite an experience. Co-actors, including John Goodman, Donald Sutherland and James Gandolfini also shine in this movie. Great acting, a story full of suspense and surprises, great score and some nerve-rattling scenes makes this a perfect movie worth buying for your collection. It's not only a great murder-mystery detective movie, but it probes deeper into the realms of faith, religion, philosophy and imagination and thus stands out as a movie more memorable than most. If you like "Seven" and "The Ninth Gate", you're certainly gonna like this one. I've seen it at least 6 times.


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