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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mail
Andi Manette
Tower Manette
Weather Karkinnon
Det. Black
Det. Vega
Police Chief Roux
Nancy Wolfe
Bill MacDonald ...
Det. Sloan
Det. Greave
Gloria Crosby


John Sandford's computer program developing detective, Lucas Davenport (Eriq LaSalle) is brought to tv. In this case a mentally deranged man (Titus Welliver) takes his former psychiatrist (Sheila Kelley) and her two children hostage in revenge for the torment he feels he suffered while being incarcerated at a hospital. However, there may be other things involved, as well. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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22 March 1999 (USA)  »

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John Sanford's Mind Prey  »

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Artistic Butchery
23 March 1999 | by (Spring City, PA) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of John Sandford's awesome Prey novels, you will NOT like this movie. Even though I don't consider myself a purist, Eric LaSalle has taken way too many liberties in adapting this great novel to suit his needs/wants. (I thought I saw him name somewhere as a Producer).

If you haven't read any of Sandford's books, start now. Don't let the disappointment of this Hollywood-ized version lead you to believe that Sandford is just another hack.

The only two characters in the TV movie that even closely resembled the picture I had in my mind's eye are Bill MacDonald as Detective Sloan and Jayne Eastwood as Police Chief Roux and their characters were barely developed to the point where I could like them as much as their parchment-dwelling counterparts.

One of the reasons I like the characters in the novels is that they are real. LaSalle's Lucas Davenport is just another TV cop who is Superman - doing everything himself, surrounded by cops who would be lost without him.

In case you hadn't noticed, I didn't like this movie. Within the first five minutes, I was tempted to turn it off. Then, I decided that I wanted to write this review, so I struggled through it for the sake of 'knowing what I was writing about.' If you are tempted to see this as a re-run, don't. Get the book. Better yet, get Rules Of Prey (the first of nine Lucas Davenport novels by Sandford thus far) and start the journey the right way. Hmph.

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