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Release Date:
15 October 1999 (USA) See more »
Før var ondskaben bare en del af jobbet.[Denmark]
Salt Lake City homicide detective Caleb Barnes is under increasing pressure from all sides to crack... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stephen Baldwin ... Caleb Barnes

Tyne Daly ... Dr. Marcia Lyons
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Barondes ... Bailey
Brian Lee Bouck ... Joe Marshall
Jenniffer Buckalew ... Sheila Gaskin

Roger Callard ... Evans

Dalin Christiansen ... Mr. Gummer

Lesley Fera
Neblis Francois ... Young Uniform
Andrew Fugate ... Michael Barnes

Allen Garfield ... Lieutenant Paul Taylor

Frank Gerrish ... Roger

Shawn Huff ... Mary Barnes
Rob Joseph ... SWAT Officer
Robert Joseph ... SWAT Officer

Robert Knepper ... Glenn Dwyer
Janice Knickrehm ... Agnes Thurmond
Cecile Krevoy ... Receptionist
Britt Leary ... Lynette Gummer
Tamie Lea Logan ... Tracy
James Maitland ... Detective Garcia

Cathleen Mason ... Mrs. Gummer
Giselle Miller ... Andy Wendt

Silas Weir Mitchell ... Jack Gaskin
Joey Miyashima ... Childress

Steve O'Neill ... Detective Sloan
Rosalie Richards ... Mrs. Kogen
Robby Robinson ... Clerk
Dennis Saylor ... Reverend Steve

George Sullivan ... Sheriff Burnett

Hillary J. Walker ... Office Assistant

Alex Warren ... Julie / Sarah Quinn

Michelle Wright ... Detective
Jimmy Miklavcic ... Sheriff's Deputy (uncredited)

Directed by
John Flynn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Golden  screenplay
James Reid 

Produced by
David Bixler .... executive producer
Oliver G. Hess .... producer
Jeff Ivers .... executive producer
Kevin M. Kallberg .... producer
Brad Krevoy .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Marvin 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite 
Film Editing by
Barry Zetlin 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Whitney Brooke Wheeler  (as W. Brooke Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Laurie Scott 
Costume Design by
Camille Jumelle 
Makeup Department
Bonnie Burch .... assistant makeup artist
Gina Homan .... makeup department head
Erin Lyons .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Joshua S. Ashdown .... assistant production manager
Richard Boehm .... post-production supervisor
Shirley Johnson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joshua S. Ashdown .... third assistant director
Michael Hennessey .... second second assistant director
Jeff Jensen .... second unit director
Kent Phillip Johnson .... second assistant director
Tobijah Tyler .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nicole Broberg .... swing
Chuck Dutrow .... construction foreman
Danny Even .... swing
Ryan W. Glasgow .... carpenter
Jason Hathaway .... additional assistant props
Doug Hofeling .... swing
Konnor Jensen .... swing
Gabriel Jessop .... swing
Michael Kirkland .... propmaker
David E. Leicester .... construction coordinator (as David Leicester)
Joel McKee .... property master
Amy L. Mitton .... art department coordinator
Jamison Moore .... scenic painter
Scott Nordhausen .... set dresser (as Scott L. Nordhausen)
Justin Ogden .... swing
Bradford Overton .... carpenter
Bradford Overton .... set dresser
L.S. Prickett .... on-set dresser (as Lu Prickett)
Brad Ryan .... assistant property master
Ivan Saunders .... lead man
Sherry Sparks .... scenic painter
Rorie D. van Klaveren .... props
Sound Department
Brent Brewington .... boom operator
Steven Brimmer .... sound re-recording supervisor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound effects editor
David Gertz .... adr mixer
Greg Lanney .... sound re-recording mixer
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Jonathan Miller .... sound editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound mixer (as Jonathan Earl Stein)
Byron Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Stolz .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dennis Fairley .... special effects assistant
Greg Puga .... special effects foreman
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element color timer (uncredited)
Mickey Alzola .... stunts
Kevin Ball .... utility stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunts (as Cort L. Hessler III)
Jeff Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Lance King .... stunts
Gary Tacon .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Andreini .... first assistant camera
David Blundell .... electrician
Tahlee Booher .... second assistant camera
Rob Bruce .... director of photography: second unit
Brandon Christensen .... second assistant camera
Andy Coe .... grip
Daniel Courtright .... best boy grip
Christopher Gawel .... grip
J.J. Johnson .... dolly grip
Dennis Kurumada .... Steadicam operator
Paul Meehan .... grip
Gaylen Nebeker .... video playback operator
Dennis L. Peterson .... gaffer (as Dennis Peterson)
Luke Peterson .... electrician
Nick Peterson .... electrician
Chris Reiter .... best boy electric
Jesse Rushton .... electrician
Ryan Shopay .... electrician
John Slezak .... grip
Todd Taylor .... key grip (as J. Todd Taylor)
Jon Tilton .... electrician
Daniel Wagner .... grip
Richard R. Waite .... second assistant camera (as Richard Waite)
Thomas D. Watson .... grip
Travis Zariwny .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Marty Fresca .... extras casting
Belinda Monte .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
C. Randall Brooks .... set costumer
Kelly O'Gurian .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter
Transportation Department
Kim Paulsen .... transportation coordinator
David Shaffer .... transportation captain (as Dave Shaffer)
Rick Spidell .... driver
Other crew
Laura Anderson .... set production assistant
Stan Bishop .... set production assistant
Richard Boehm .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Terry Gaertner .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor
June Hatch .... production coordinator
Melinda Haynes .... craft service
Travis Hodges .... set production assistant
Brian Kubricky .... production accountant
Mary Jo Manwill-Conder .... script supervisor (as Mary Jo Conder)
Ellen Rosentreter .... set production assistant
Lory Smith .... location manager
Bill Whitworth .... production accountant
Jeremy T. Williams .... office production assistant
Tom Williams .... location manager

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Rated R for violence and language
Sweden:99 min | Argentina:101 min | USA:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | USA:R (Certificate #36631)

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Plot holes: 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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Pleasantly Surprised, 27 October 2003
Author: refinedsugar from Nova Scotia, Canada

What can I say about DTV movies that hasn't already been said? Not a whole lot. You go in expecting a cheap forgettable experience and the majority of the time that's exactly what you get. Thankfully 'Absence Of The Good' is actually decent. Here we find Caleb Barnes (Baldwin) as a Salt Lake City homicide detective trying to settle back into his job after losing his son. His wife is still somewhat shattered by it, but Caleb puts on a strong face and tries to move on. Naturally soon he and his partner become entangled in a series of murders who's linked nature only becomes apparent as they pick up the pieces, but it's time they can't afford as the killer continues to strike out at the innocent.

Now I know what you're thinking. At first glance 'Absence' seems like any other serial killer movie to come along. What sets it apart is it's tightly filmed, acted and shot. Never once does it become bogged down in overcomplicated plot / character points or try to be something it's not. It has something to say, gets in, says it, then leaves.

Stephen Baldwin turns in his usual self and while that has been a detractor in other movies for once his mannerisms don't sink the movie, but actually fit in nicely. With a supporting cast of Tyne Daly as a psychologist and Robert Knepper strong as Caleb's partner. Under the direction of John Flynn (who also directed 1987's Best Seller - one of my favorite sleeper films) the story is somewhat slow going, but it builds to a fine end that hits the right note. For a low budget DTV television movie starring Stephen Baldwin of all people - the results are decent.

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