Detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of sexually gruesome serial murders and becomes embroiled in a world of lesbianism and bondage after she becomes obsessed with one of the victims' paramours.

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Det. Cathy Palmer
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Bernadine Mello
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Vickie Kittrie
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Mary
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Dr. Dominick Broussard
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Mechanic
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Gil Reynolds
Beau Starr ...
Lt. Fritch
Bill MacDonald ...
John Beck
Stewart Bick ...
Cushing
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Murial Farr
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Dorothy Samenov
Claire Burton ...
Sandra Moser
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Leeland
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Terry Ross
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Homicide detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of serial killings of women who have been tortured to death by S&M, all of whom have had their eyelids cut off. The investigation takes Catherine into a group wealthy upper class women, where she is drawn to the chief suspect, Vickie Kittrie, who has a penchant for S&M and women, as well as to Dr. Broussard, the victims' shady therapist with some dark secrets of his own. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Venture into a world of deadly sexual pleasures.

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Rated R for language, drug use, and perverse sexual behavior including violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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11 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Ellen Barkin improvised the movement where Catherine lifted her arm to assist Vickie with her jacket removal during their sex scene, as well as her leaning in to indicate her desire for oral sex. See more »

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Bernadine's shirt and skirt disappear from the dressing room floor during her sex scene with Vickie. See more »

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Vickie Kittrie: Well I wasn't exactly faithful to Dorothy.
Det. Catherine Palmer: Thats about the one thing we have found out in this investigation.
Vickie Kittrie: Do you know what I think sex is?
Det. Catherine Palmer: [realizing Vickie wants her] What?
Vickie Kittrie: A thrill like sticking your head into the mouth of the only Lion in the cage thats totally unpredictable.
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Written by Dave Hillis and Lorraine Lewis
Performed by Snowball
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A guilty pleasure
17 May 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I can understand those who give Mercy a 1 ... in many ways, it's a terrible film. For the most part, it's a teenaged boy's wet dream about beautiful lesbians, wrapped in Lynchian style.

And yet, I couldn't stop watching it. Ellen Barkin remains a highly underrated actress (and an unbelievably sexy woman for her age.) Peta Wilson has hypnotic beauty and holds her own quite well with Barkin. She actually "researched" the role by delving into LA's lesbian S&M scene for a few weeks ... what a trooper.

If you have Memento-esque short-term memory lapse, this is a great film. Forget the plot and float along in its lurid eroticism.


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