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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Alyce Robertson
William Frost
Terri Hawkes ...
Rachel Quinn / Alone
Catherine Blythe ...
Gail Morgan
Kenneth McGregor ...
Jerry Saracen
Eileen Gibbs
Chuck Switzer
Molly Darrow
Elizabeth Smith ...
Little Girl #1
Amanda-Lynn Smith ...
Little Girl #2
Andrea McCabe ...
Cynthia Scott
C.J. Fidler ...
Rialla Frost
George Carter ...


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 »




Release Date:

29 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Trail of a Serial Killer  »

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Did You Know?


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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loved it
15 January 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Yes I liked this movie. Why? because I didn't bother comparing it to others in the serial killer genre. It was low budget, yes, but it had strong performances from the always entertaining Chris Penn and Michael Madsen. Other performances (such as Jennifer Dale and the guy who played William) make this movie noteworthy as well. The first time I saw it, I wasn't too terribly impressed, but I watched it again, and I liked it far more the second time, and the third. There were funny moments (Enola talking to the lawyer) and heart-wrenching times (i.e. Enola calling his kids) and very nice tensions were built up in the therapist's office. I'd give this movie a 7/10, nice job all!

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