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Spenser: Small Vices (1999)

Rita Fiore hires Spenser to determine if two-time loser Ellis Alves really did kill a college coed. Soon everybody wants him off the case, from the investigating officer to the parents of ... See full summary »

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Glenda Baker McMartin (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)
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Rita Fiore hires Spenser to determine if two-time loser Ellis Alves really did kill a college coed. Soon everybody wants him off the case, from the investigating officer to the parents of the dead girl's boyfriend; and a professional hitman named Rugar is trying to kill him. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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18 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Robert B. Parker's Small Vices  »

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Trivia

The part of government operative Ives is played by Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser novels. After spending hours in the freezing cold for his one scene, his appearances in the following Spenser movies have been reduced to walk-ons with no dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Dean Evans: You speak rather well.
Spenser: You too.
Dean Evans: [smiling] Good for you. I was patronizing, wasn't I?
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Follows Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes (1994) See more »

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Casting
23 May 2004 | by (Birmingham, AL USA) – See all my reviews

I agree, casting the Role of Spenser is a tough one, but if you have seen the poster/soverbox for the movie, "The Substitute", or if you saw "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead", you can't argue with the fact that Treat Williams would have to make the all-time best Spenser. He's a boxer, He's Irish, He has the smirk, and he's a very good actor, he IS Spenser. And don't just get the first black guy that looks like Avery Brooks to play Hawk, put some thought into that as well. Ving Rhames would do well, since he can slide in and out of the educated accent and the street jive, and he's also one of the better actors out there. If not Ving, another good choice would be Dennis Haysbert, Pedro Serrano from "Major League". Susan Silverman is a tough one. Mr. Parker has almost made her shoes impossible to fill, but if I had to pick an actress who has her charm, looks, smarts, and is also Jewish (why not, Susan is?), I'd have to go with Rena Sofer. The other characters could be played by most any other character actors, Luis Guzman was spot-on as Cholo, the guy who played Little John In "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" is a great Teddy Blue, and Dan Hedaya is who I always see as Vinnie.

Those are just my opinions, everyone sees these characters in a different way. But Joe Mantegna is NOT spenser, sorry.....


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