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The Monkey's Mask (2000)

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A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex.



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Dad Fitzpatrick
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Jill Fitzpatrick is a 28-year old, street-smart, out-of-work private investigator wishing she wasn't celibate. Eager for the taste of adrenaline, she accepts a job investigating the disappearance of Mickey, a young female student. Jill quickly strikes a spark with the seductive Diana, Mickey's poetry lecturer. But it is not long before Mickey's strangled body is found. Distrusting the cops, Mickey's grief-stricken parents ask Jill to find her murderer. Jill is soon hurled into a passionate liaison with Diana as she enters the surprisingly seamy underworld of Mickey's life, looking for clues to her murder. For whom did Mickey write her sexually charged poems? What is the connection between Mickey and her two favorite poets? Who is leaving threatening messages in verse on Jill's answering machine? Blinded by her passion, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth - until her own life is in danger. Written by Strand Releasing <>

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No evidence just a smell of sex and violence.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 May 2001 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A majom álarca  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,942 (USA) (27 July 2001)


$45,826 (USA) (7 December 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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The film is considered to be a remake of "Basic Instinct". See more »


Jill Fitzpatrick: There's no drink to take away the taste of a fresh face rotting.
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Illusion (film mix)
Written by Jacqui Hunt, Kathleen Power (as K. Power) and Pete Rivett-Carnac (as P. Rivett-Carnac)
Performed by Single Gun Theory
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I like Porter
8 August 2003 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

Caught this on cable last night and I've decided that I like Susie Porter very much - she's got an incredibly expressive face (along with her adorable body, which we get to see a LOT of) and she was thoroughly convincing as the p.i. trying to solve the murder of a teenage poet while falling in love with the poet's teacher (Kelly McGillis, not quite believable in her role but she still looked good with Porter in the bathtub). Not very well-written or directed either - it's too long, too self-conscious and too convoluted - but it does have a certain style. . .and it DOES have the very appealing and watchable Porter.

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