The Investigator (1994)

TV Short  |   |  Short
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 44 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Strange things happens to a young Private Eye, till he meets a starving young lady



0Check in

Related Items

Search for "The Investigator" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Investigator (1994– )

The Investigator (1994– ) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Investigator.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Desire (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Scottish woman who attends school in Paris comes home for the summer and helps take in the straw, where she meets an attractive and simple man. They begin a torrid affair despite the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Birkin
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Vincent D'Onofrio, Anaïs Jeanneret
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover, Sam Deed, seems different: he's sweet, tender, just in from Dubuque. ... See full summary »

Director: Brad Anderson
Stars: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio, Marty Davey
Fires Within (1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Released after years as a political prisoner, a Cuban rejoins his wife and daughter in Miami.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Jimmy Smits, Greta Scacchi, Vincent D'Onofrio
Claire Dolan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A high-priced call girl, shocked by her mother's death, decides to get out of the business and have a baby. The steps that she takes to free herself from her pimp and find a father for the baby are the central story of this movie.

Director: Lodge Kerrigan
Stars: Katrin Cartlidge, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colm Meaney
Guy (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young woman with a camera follows a man around to make a documentary about him, something he is not very happy with.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Hope Davis, Kimber Riddle
Thumbsucker (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Justin throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.

Director: Mike Mills
Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor


Credited cast:
Ephraim McDougall
Claude File
Michael Earl Reid
Rachel Sweet
Blair Tefkin
Donna Wilson


Strange things happens to a young Private Eye, till he meets a starving young lady

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

1 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vidas Perdidas  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Read the O. Henry short story The Green Door before you see 'The Investigator'
13 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

To clue in the user bob the moo who obviously dissed this one because he/she didn't have the right frame of reference to get it: The origin of this short film is that it was made for a short-lived cable TV series in the USA (along with many others such as 'Teach 109' and 'Override', films that have more of a sci-fi theme to them). Destiny was the overarching theme of all the shorts made for this late 1990s series and 'The Investigator' is a stand-out.

The film is based on O'Henry's "The Green Door". The story has been cleverly adapted to a period that is closer to 1930-1940 rather than set in O. Henry's turn of the century (1900s) New York and to make Vincent D'Onofrio's lead character, Ephraim McDougal into a claims investigator -- in the original short story the protagonist Rudolf Steiner is a piano salesman. Both stories concern themselves with personal curiosity, timidity, following conventions, a romantic outlook, risk taking, and predestination.

bob the moo is just plain wrong; D'Onofrio NAILED his character -- he's simultaneously curious, shy, timid, observant, clever, fanciful and charming. He plays his character with a clever kind of physicality, knowing how to approach each strange event that befalls him, revealing his feelings with the slightest facial expressions, mannerisms and even in his subtle variations in his speech patterns. He and the script stay surprisingly faithful to how O. Henry saw Rudolph Steiner (and for that matter the vast majority of "The Four Million" of New York in the 1900s and "The 6+ Billion" that now populate our planet - all of us may well be 'grown stiff with the ramrod of convention down our backs' and generally unwilling 'to investigate' the strange and ordinary little mysteries of life that happen to confront us daily). This part is nothing like the roles of Detective Robert O. Goren, Edgar Bug, or Pvt Leonard Lawrence/Gomer Pyle -- it's small and anachronistic and surprisingly human in scale and a totally refreshing experience to be able to revel in something so ordinary and illustrates D'Onofrio's range and versatility better than those bigger bravura roles.

I won't say anymore for fear of spoiling 'The Investigator' but my all-time favorite short story was well adapted and retold in this film -- the costumes are great (right down to D'Onofrio's too-small hat), the sets well dressed and nicely lit, the music charming. Be sure to watch for Anne Heche, quirky pop singer Rachel Sweet, and 'Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman's' Frank Collison (Collison played Horace Bing in Dr. Quinn) in this one, an adaptation that stays true to the material on which it's based.

One of my all-time favorite D'Onofrio vehicles bar none.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Investigator (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: