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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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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 ...
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 <>

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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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26 January 2005 | by (The Valley) – See all my reviews

i was laying on my couch stoned at 2 in the morning and this movie came on. needless to say it is the most astounding, incredible terrible movie i have ever seen. the plot is off the charts, camera work mesmerizing, and the work of Stephen Baldwin....words don't describe it. the movie centers around a cop who is trying to solve a series of killing in salt lake city. the killer always cleans up after him/herself and always places the victims in some sort of family setting. if you are into clichés, this movie provides one at ever turn, or every time Baldwin appears on screen. although i missed the first 15 minutes and didn't seen the ending, i will for sure watch the rest when it is on. if you are in need of a laugh, or if you're an aspiring film maker who needs reassurance, this one is for you.

although i gave this a 1, it is in a very good way.

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