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
Ellen-Ray Hennessy ...
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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Amours mortelles  »

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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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In the beginning of the movie the detectives are examining the dead woman on the bed who is lying with her eyes open. As the camera pans up the dead body, you can notice the corpse blink right before the camera leaves her face. Worse still, the corpse has been mutilated by the killer and is not supposed to have any eyelids at all. See more »

Quotes

Vickie Kittrie: Aren't you just a little bit curious?
Det. Catherine Palmer: What do you wanna do take me to one of your dungeons?
Vickie Kittrie: You'd be amazed of the use we can get out of simple kitchen utensils.
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Making Gold
Written by Dave Hillis
Performed by Lo-Rez
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Wow!
15 September 2003 | by (Columbus, Georgia) – See all my reviews

The erotic ambiance of this film is overwhelming. The plot is sexually charged despite the fact that there is no overt sex depicted in the film. The nudity that is shown seems more for function than exploitation. Peta Wilson's performance is incredibly compelling and sensual. "Mercy" is worth seeing for her presentation alone. Add the somber mood of the film, the secret femme culture of rough sex that is explored, Ellen Barkin as a troubled detective, and what could have been merely an "B" Movie cop thriller becomes a special film that held me rapt from start to finish.

Female protagonists dominate "Mercy". I think that is one of the key factors that make it so entertaining. It makes no apologies its depiction of its women being independent and living their own, albeit secret, lives. One learns gradually of this subculture as the erotic Vicki Kittrie reluctantly guides Detective Catherie Palmer through this dark, ethereal world in search of a killer. This is really a film worth enjoying. The acting is superb from one and all. The plot moves along with constant suspense, and the climax is gritty and real, yet stunning in its poignance. And that aura of the sensually erotic simply pervades every scene. I highly recommend "Mercy".


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