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A man enters a roadside diner run by a young woman and claims he is being chased by murderers.

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Beth, a young woman who owns a restaurant close by an abandoned highway, shelters Barry, a young man who arrives at her door hungry and wounded. Soon, a group of men appears. Barry claims that they are after him. The handsome leader of the group tells Beth a different story... Written by Anonymous

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22 January 2002 (USA)  »

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The Shearer's Breakfast  »

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NZD 3,000,000 (estimated)
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The sign on the doctor's office says "Surgery". This is a term used in the UK, as well as Australia, for a doctor's office. See more »

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[last lines]
Beth: [after her cigarette gets damp] Shit!
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Exceptional thriller.
13 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

In 1997, Scott Reynolds made an impressive writing and directing debut with "The Ugly", although his story was a bit too shallow and his direction a bit overly flashy. This time, with his compelling, perspective-shifting script and taut direction, he achieves moments of true brilliance - so many, in fact, that it's hard to pick just one (the little girl who witnesses a violent struggle but doesn't understand it? The sink that may not hold the weight of a man? The killer silently stalking his victim in the toilets, using an admittedly old trick?). This man could very well develop into the Hitchcock of the next generation - the movie even has its own McGuffin to propel the plot (the computer disk). The first half is essentially a mystery, with plenty of twists; when the truth becomes (somewhat) clear, the movie becomes a full-blown thriller, and it offers one absolutely astounding suspense sequence after another. Don't miss it. (***)


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