Innocents (2000)
"Dark Summer" (original title)

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A traveling cellist gets involved with two disturbed sisters on their way to Seattle to tell their mom that their dad has just passed away. On the way, the two kill a judge and a few others... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Huxley
Detective Davis
Kent Allen ...
Detective Markofsky
Megan Denright
Dominique Denright
Robert Denright
Charles Knecht ...
Trae Thomas ...
Gas Station Attendant
Mark Adams ...
Highway Patrolman #1
Jack Semple ...
Judge Winston
Beryl Denright
Plainclothes Policeman #1


A traveling cellist gets involved with two disturbed sisters on their way to Seattle to tell their mom that their dad has just passed away. On the way, the two kill a judge and a few others unknown to the cellist. Eventually he gets pinned for the crimes and is forced to defend himself. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Two's company. Three's murder.



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



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6 February 2002 (France)  »

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Innocents  »

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Cello Suite #2: Prelude In D Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Mark Rudoff
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Wow this film is like popcorn; you just can't stop watching it. Fantastic!
20 April 2004 | by (Cody, Wyoming) – See all my reviews

I've never written review before but this film has stuck with me for the past four days and I had to write about it. I apologize in advance at my amateurish prose.

I was watching Showtime late the other week and this film called ÒDark SummerÓ came on. At first I was like, This is really weird. But every time I was about to change the channel something new happened on the screen. First, the women were incredibly portrayed. I work in a hospital and I recognized all the symptoms of the underlying stress and depression. I immediately felt that the actors and I guess the director really did their research. Frank Langella who portrayed the father for too short a time (I always loved him), reminded me of a patient I had lost last year, a terrible man who treated his children terribly, just like the character Mr. Langella portrayed.

I think the thing that struck me the most about the film was that it took me on an emotional roller coaster ride and constantly surprised me.

I told you I am terrible at this and I have read some of the other reviews on this site and I think those people just didn't get it and were mean spirited. I loved this movie because I find that I can't get it out of my head. The performances were absolutely terrific. Connie Nielsen and Mia Kirshner as the two sisters were unbelievable to watch and literally travel with. Anne Archer gave an Oscar worthy performance and Jean Hughes Anglade whom I had never heard of before was absolutely wonderful to watch. After seeing his performance I looked up his name on this site and I want to see more films that he has done.

To the people who did not like this film, I just think this movie just reminded you of things you did not like in yourself. I may not know much about movie making but it seemed to me that these actors and the director put a lot of effort into making a film that is not Hollywood fare and not an arty movie that is trying to be more than it is. ÒDark SummerÓ is a great ride (literally) and a very well put together film and I recommend it to everyone who wants something out of the ordinary that is very, very satisfying film.

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