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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Credited cast:
Caleb Barnes
Dr. Marcia Lyons
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Barondes ...
Brian Lee Bouck ...
Joe Marshall
Jenniffer Buckalew ...
Sheila Gaskin
Roger Callard ...
Dalin Christiansen ...
Mr. Gummer
Neblis Francois ...
Young Uniform
Andrew Fugate ...
Michael Barnes
Lieutenant Paul Taylor
Mary Barnes
Rob Joseph ...
SWAT Officer
Robert Joseph ...
SWAT Officer


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]



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ausencia del bien  »

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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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A watchable suspense yarn
28 July 2001 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie overall, with its strengths being the cohesive plot, a mystery that continued to the denouement, decent performances by the actors, and real-life subplots in the background. However, no acting awards are expected for anyone here, and the musical score was nothing special. Also, I appreciated how the storyline made one think and stay focussed to keep track of how the criminal investigation proceeded. I actually felt like I was following around these detectives on the case and able to understand their thought processes as more clues were obtained. 7 out of 10.

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