A burnt out detective follows the trail of a serial killer who sends him messages about the murders.

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William Frost
Terri Hawkes ...
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Gail Morgan
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Jerry Saracen
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Chuck Switzer
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Molly Darrow
Elizabeth Smith ...
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Cynthia Scott
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Rialla Frost (as C.J. Fidler)
George Carter ...
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Jason Enola is an obsessive FBI agent who is almost losing his mind after ten years on the tail of an elusive serial killer whose hallmark is the "paper trail" of notes left along with the victims. Brad Abraham is the agent buddy who is watching Enola's back. As the film begins, a new wave of killings start after four years of silence, and the psychiatrist Dr. Alyce Robertson becomes involved when she starts receiving telephone calls from the killer. Written by Alexander Staubo <redhand@mop.no>

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Two cops, twelve murders... No suspect!


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Rated R for violence including some disturbing images, a strong sex scene and language | See all certifications »
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29 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Along with Reservoir Dogs (1992), Mulholland Falls (1996) and The Florentine (1999), Papertrail (1998) is another film which Chris Penn and Michael Madsen are in together. In fact if it's alternate title Serial Cops is used, then The Florentine is the only film title - co-starring Penn and Madsen - where the second word doesn't end with an s. See more »

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This is a trail I would avoid if I were you
31 July 2001 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a low budget serial killer movie that is low budget and not the best quality acting either. In most serial killer movies, there is a twist or the killer is one of the characters you get to know. I won't give the ending away other than the "who is the killer" at the end of the movie is badly done (overworked) and leaves you pretty disappointed. I am also continually amazed at the stamina shown from gun shot victims (observe Mr Penn towards the end).

I am not sure what role Michael Marsden is playing in this movie. His character has no real bearing on the plot and fades in and out (and disappears before the end).

Its not big budget, has no big names and really is a TV/Video movie at best. Expect nothing flash and you won't be disappointed. There is a slight story there for the viewing, but its nothing that hasn;t been seen and done over and over and over (and much better as well)

Not worth the effort


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