An eccentric, unconventional woman whose naive aspirations to rise from her job as a security guard to full-fledged private eye lead her into a tangled PL: mess.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Troy Yorke ...
Wendy Noel ...
Coffee Shop Waitress
David Kopp ...
Bell Boy


Emily Watson stars as Trixie, an eccentric woman who aspires to quit her job as a security guard and become a private detective. However, comedy intervenes and the mess begins... Written by Ari Herzog <>

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The only crime she couldn't solve was the murder of the English language

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

18 August 2000 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Triksi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$41,620 (USA) (30 June 2000)


$285,618 (USA) (8 September 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Lang enjoyed working with costar Brittany Murphy so much, he later tried out and was cast as Sheriff Brent Marken in Cherry Falls (2000). Scheduling conflicts prevented him from playing the role and the part eventually went to veteran actor Michael Biehn. Lang later admitted the only reason he wanted to be in the film was because he would have gotten to work with Murphy again. See more »


At one point, Senator Avery mentions the people of "my district" but as a Senator, he doesn't have a district as such. A Senator's "district" is the entire state. It is Representatives that have districts. See more »


Trixie: My name is Trixie Zurbo. I'm a private defective.
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Referenced in The Brittany Murphy Story (2014) See more »


Perky Bossa
Written and Performed by Rick Frystak
Published by Rickdolph Music (BMI)
Courtesy of InTone Music
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An innocent mirror
12 July 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I had heard that the malapropism of Emily Watson's character would begin to wear after a while. Not for me, it was like watching a seriously deadpan Gracie Allen at work.

The key to the film (which covers some of the same territory as "Fargo" and contains a few references to the movie) is the realization that it is not only Watson's character whose utterances are ridiculous, but those of the major characters, but Red's description of his relationship to the dead woman and Senator Avery's comments to the reporters show a similar dislocation with reality and sense. We start by realizing that her comments are off the wall, but they turn out to be nothing compared to the double-speak that we have become accustomed to coming out of the mouths of politicians and developers.

The ending is a bit harum-scarum but overall a very enjoyable movie. The plot twists at the end weakened it, although they were very much in keeping with the noir genre.

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