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Murder by Numbers (2002)

Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.

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Richard Haywood, a Californian high school's coolest kid, secretly teams up with another rich kid in his class, brilliant nerd Justin 'Bonaparte' Pendleton, whose erudition, specially in forensic matters, allows them to plan elaborately perfect murders, just for the kick, for which they set up Richard's marijuana supplier, their school's janitor Ray Feathers, as a psychotic serial killer. The case is assigned to detectives Cassie 'the hyena' Mayweather, who carries a sequoia-size chip on the shoulder from her previous life, and her brilliant new partner, Sam Kennedy, who just transferred from the vice squad; they can work together very well, and even fit romantically, but fall out over different professional attitudes towards the investigation, which Captain Rod Cody and her understandably vindictive abused ex, Assistant D.A. Al Swanson, soon ban her from when she disobeys instructions and hand to him. When the plotting boys both dig class-mate Lisa Mills, their unnatural bond comes ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for violence, language, a sex scene and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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19 April 2002 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,307,394 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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$31,874,869 (USA) (28 June 2002)
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Trivia

Justin (Michael Pitt) is quoting Arthur Rimbaud and reading Rimbaud's famous poem "The Drunken Boat" in one scene. At the beginning he is lecturing philosophy inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche. See more »

Goofs

After Justin slaps Richard by the car parked next to the abandoned house on the bluff, the blood on Richard's face and hands appear and disappear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: Shall we say the words one last time?
Justin: One cannot live fully without embracing suicide in crime.
Richard: Say it.
Justin: A pact made with relentless fire that requires that, while some live, others die.
Richard: On three...
in unison: One, two, three
[gun shot]
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Connections

References Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
Written by Richard Wagner (as R. Wagner)
Performed by The Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony (as Czecho-Slovak RSO)
Conductor Uwe Mund
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Pretty Cliche, and the kids get all the good scenes
29 November 2002 | by (SF Bay Area, CA) – See all my reviews

I predicted too many things in this movie and the only thing that kept my interest were the two young actors playing teenagers. They seemed to have the stronger and by far, more interesting scenes. They definitely seemed to have more to do than our star, Sandra Bullock.

Bullock always plays this independent character that lives alone and has predictable "back story" issues. I would like to see her do something a little more challenging.

Not bad, just not great. 6/10


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