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The Lesser Evil (1998)

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When four young boys decide to go over-board with dealing with two bullies, they believe they can get away with their crime. Years later, new evidence appears and the cops are back on the ... See full summary »

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Derek Eastman
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Frank O'Brian
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Ivan Williams
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George
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Young Frank
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Young Derek
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Young George
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Young Ivan
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Detective Hardaway
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Detective Smitts
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Derek's Father
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Derek's Mother
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Dying Man
Chris Blackwelder ...
Scully
Matthew Francis ...
Jock #2
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When four young boys decide to go over-board with dealing with two bullies, they believe they can get away with their crime. Years later, new evidence appears and the cops are back on the trail to solve the murders. The four - now the owner of a failing lumber company (Colm Feore), a priest (Arliss Howard), a policeman (Tony Goldwyn), and a lawyer (David Paymer) - gather in a remote cabin to discuss what their future actions should be. Told in harrowing flashbacks and with obvious difference of current points-of-view, the men argue out their circumstances. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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28 August 1998 (Italy)  »

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Deras livs misstag  »

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A clip from the film is featured in Party Down Season 2 Episode 5. See more »

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Cadillac kept switching between 1969 (exposed taillight lenses) and 1970 (hidden taillight lenses). Plus the cars alternated between no passenger door mirror, Cadillac passenger door mirror, and aftermarket passenger door mirror. See more »

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3 September 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I gave this movie an 8 and after voting instantly wished I'd given it a 9. The cast, those playing the 4 main characters in the present and in the past, did an excellent job. The best acting performances were turned in by David Paymer and Adam Scott as "adult George" and "young George" respectively. I checked my skin a couple of times to make sure the slime hadn't slithered off of him and made it's way through the ether to my living room. But I think the real talent here was that of Jeremy Levine who write the script. I visited IMDB specifically to see if the story had been taken from a short story but evidently it wasn't. It was just plain good writing and even the heavy use of flashback, rather than slowing down the suspense, actually enhanced it. It was the classic writer's technique of starting with a simple situation and piling on complication after complication until the suspense is unbearable. He did it extremely well and it worked.


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