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Absence of the Good (1999)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Thriller  |  15 October 1999 (USA)
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Salt Lake City homicide detective Caleb Barnes is under increasing pressure from all sides to crack a string of serial killings that have been terrorizing the city. At the same time, Barnes... See full summary »

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Caleb Barnes
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Dr. Marcia Lyons
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Elizabeth Barondes ...
Bailey
Brian Lee Bouck ...
Joe Marshall
Jenniffer Buckalew ...
Sheila Gaskin
Roger Callard ...
Evans
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Mr. Gummer
Neblis Francois ...
Young Uniform
Andrew Fugate ...
Michael Barnes
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Lieutenant Paul Taylor
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Roger
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Mary Barnes
Rob Joseph ...
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Robert Joseph ...
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Salt Lake City homicide detective Caleb Barnes is under increasing pressure from all sides to crack a string of serial killings that have been terrorizing the city. At the same time, Barnes' home life is beginning to crumble in the wake of his son's accidental death. Will he solve the killings before the stress tears him apart? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Før var ondskaben bare en del af jobbet.[Denmark]

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The police are able to obtain a sketch of the killer, and the storekeeper confirms that it was who attacked her, but the killer's face is always covered except the eyes. In particular, the bus driver, who gave the description for the sketch, only saw the killer briefly, from a distance and a side angle. There is no way he could have given an accurate description. See more »

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The absence of many good serial killer thrillers is indeed a problem...
19 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a fairly dull, yet still moderately engaging police procedural. Stephen Baldwin plays the detective who tries to stop a serial killer by finding the clue to his motives in his sordid childhood. The detective has also lost his son recently, a side-plot which adds nothing to the main plot whatsoever, except perhaps that it gives Baldwin the opportunity to be brooding and soulful throughout the film, making the already grim atmosphere (although there is almost no on-screen violence) even more gloomy. The biggest shock of the film comes at the very end, in the credits, when it is revealed that the female psychologist-police consultant is played by Tyne Daly! I wouldn't have recognized her in a million years! (**)


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