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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Tony Gayton (written by)
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Release Date:
19 April 2002 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Justice will be served See more »
Plot:
Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sandra Bullock ... Cassie Mayweather / Jessica Marie Hudson

Ben Chaplin ... Sam Kennedy

Ryan Gosling ... Richard Haywood

Michael Pitt ... Justin Pendleton

Agnes Bruckner ... Lisa Mills

Chris Penn ... Ray Feathers

R.D. Call ... Captain Rod Cody

Tom Verica ... Asst. D.A. Al Swanson
Janni Brenn ... Ms. Elder
John Vickery ... Restaurant Manager

Michael Canavan ... Mr. Chechi

Krista Carpenter ... Olivia Lake, the Victim

Neal Matarazzo ... Male Officer in Flashback

Adilah Barnes ... Lab Technician

Jim Jansen ... Lawyer
Paula Scarpino ... Female Officer in Flashback

Brian Stepanek ... Parole Board Marshall
Sharon Madden ... Nurse
John Doolittle ... Fingerprint Technician

Dennis Cockrum ... Criminalist #1 at Ray's House

Eric Saiet ... Criminalist #2 at Ray's House
Nancy Osborne ... Richard's Mother

Ralph Seymour ... Paramedic

Christine Healy ... Justin's Mother

Nick Offerman ... Cop at Richard's House
Todd Leatherbury ... Cop at First Crime Scene
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
JR Garcia ... Young Boy (uncredited)

Melissa Greenfield ... Student (uncredited)

Michael Samluk ... Carl Hudson (voice) (uncredited)

Valentin Siroon ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tony Gayton (written by)

Produced by
Sandra Bullock .... executive producer
Frank Capra III .... co-producer
Richard Crystal .... producer
Susan Hoffman .... producer
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
Jeffrey Stott .... executive producer
Nur Nur Cummings .... producer (uncredited)
Scott Simons .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Clint Mansell 
 
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
 
Art Direction by
Thomas Valentine 
 
Set Decoration by
Hilton Rosemarin 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Oditz 
 
Makeup Department
Kathleen Freeman .... assistant makeup artist (as Kathleen Freeman-Smith)
Lori Guidroz .... key hair stylist
Medusah .... assistant hair stylist
Valli O'Reilly .... key makeup artist
Lona Vigi .... hair stylist: Sandra Bullock
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist: Sandra Bullock (as Pamela Westmore)
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Mike Smithson .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Steph Benseman .... unit production manager (as Stephan S. Benseman)
Cindy Hochman .... production supervisor (as Cindy Hochman Price)
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Capra III .... first assistant director
David Hyman .... second assistant director
Randol Perelman-Taylor .... second second assistant director
Jennifer Reiss .... second second assistant director
Robyn Linn Willey .... dga trainee
Joseph Brad Kluge .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Daril Alder .... lead man
John Berger .... assistant art director
Robert Blasi .... art department coordinator
Laurence Castello .... paint foreman
Martin Charles .... graphic designer (as Martin T. Charles)
Larry Guy Clause .... construction foreman (as Larry Clause)
Peter Clemens .... set designer
Raymond Consing .... storyboard artist
William E. Criswell Jr. .... stand-by greensman
Ara Darakjian .... swing gang
Ted M. Davila .... construction estimator
Mike De Luca .... plaster foreman (as Mike DeLuca)
John R. Elliott .... construction coordinator
David Fanderlik .... propmaker foreman
Melissa Feinberg .... property assistant
Trish Gallaher Glenn .... property master
Antoinette J. Gordon .... set designer
Dwayne Grady .... assistant property master (as Dwayne David Grady)
Glen E. Hawbecker .... propmaker foreman (as Glen Hawbecker)
Kurt V. Hulett .... swing gang (as Kurt Hulett)
Daniel R. Jennings .... set designer
Nicholas C. John .... stand-by painter
Dean B. Katz .... swing gang (as Dean Katz)
Mark A. Mancinelli .... plaster foreman (as Mark Mancinelli)
Masako Masuda .... assistant art director
Mike Medina .... toolman
Michael Molen .... propmaker foreman
Caroline Perzan .... assistant set decorator (as Caroline Persan)
Seth Phillips .... labor foreman
Michael Ruby .... supervising signwriter
Steve Saklad .... set designer
Dominic Sandfrey .... labor foreman
Roman Sandkish .... swing gang
Vartan 'V.T.' Tashjian .... swing gang (as Vartan Tashjian)
James F. Truesdale .... set designer
Tom Waisanen .... on-set dresser
Anna Bartoletti .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Camille Brown .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Eva Firshein .... buyer (uncredited)
Michael A. Heath .... props researcher (uncredited)
David James .... chief sculptor (uncredited)
Lee J. Jashinsky .... painter (uncredited)
Tim Stadler .... painter (uncredited)
Frank White .... propmaker (uncredited)
Richard D. Wright .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr supervisor (as Gina R. Alfano)
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Kam Chan .... foley supervisor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Constanzo)
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Heather Gross .... assistant sound editor
Richard Kite .... utility sound
George A. Lara .... foley engineer
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
James Marchione .... adr recordist
Grant Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Cate Montana .... apprentice sound editor
Bob Olari .... mix coordinator (as Robert Olari)
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising sound editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Lynn Sable .... assistant adr editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Alexa Zimmerman .... apprentice sound editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Chad Birmingham .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist (uncredited)
James David Redding III .... sound technician (uncredited)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chad Atkinson .... mold department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Marc Banich .... special effects foreman
Howard Berger .... supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group
Kamar Bitar .... end production staff: K.N.B. EFX Group
Val Crawford .... hair & fabrication: K.N.B. EFX Group
Connie Grayson Criswell .... hair & fabrication: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Constance Grayson)
James Hall .... mold department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Steve Hartman .... mold department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Chiz Hasegawa .... end production staff: K.N.B. EFX Group
Garrett Immel .... art department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Greg Nicotero .... supervisor: K.N.B. EFX Group
Scott Patton .... art department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Brian Rae .... mold department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Laurie Smith .... on-set makeup application: K.N.B. EFX Group
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects coordinator (as Bruno VanZeebroeck)
David Wogh .... mechanical department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Chris Nelson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Cheryl Bainum .... digital matte painting producer: Pacific Title
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
Glenn Cotter .... 3D artist: Matte World Digital
Chris Crowell .... Cineon compositor: Pacific Title
Michael Degtjarewsky .... Cineon compositor: Pacific Title (as Michael Dejtjarewsky)
Krystyna Demkowicz .... visual effects producer: Matte World Digital
Deak Ferrand .... matte painter: Pacific Title
Joe Gareri .... executive producer: Pacific Title
George Gervan .... roto painter: Pacific Title
Richard Gervan .... roto painter: Pacific Title
Charles Gibson .... visual effects supervisor
Jim Gorman .... Cineon compositor: Pacific Title & Art
Martin Hall .... roto painter: Pacific Title
Brian Hanable .... Inferno artist: Pacific Title
Maureen Healy .... roto painter: Pacific Title
Veronica Hernandez .... roto painter: Pacific Title
Bill Hollaway .... digital I/O: Pacific Title
Jennifer Law-Stump .... Cineon compositor: Pacific Title (as Jennifer Law Stump)
John Marcos .... digital I/O: Pacific Title
Lisa Markou .... digital coordinator: Pacific Title
Ray Martinez .... digital I/O: Pacific Title
Bill Mather .... digital matte artist: Matte World Digital (as William Mather)
Brett Northcutt .... digital matte artist: Matte World Digital (as Brett Northcut)
Patrick Phillips .... compositing supervisor: Pacific Title
Liz Radley .... video/computer graphics supervisor
Paul Rivera .... chief technical artist: Matte World Digital
Ken Rogerson .... effects editorial: Matte World Digital
César Romero .... Inferno artist: Pacific Title (as Cesar Romero)
Todd R. Smith .... technical artist: Matte World Digital
David Sosalla .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Chris Stoski .... digital matte artist: Matte World Digital
Cheryl Bainum .... digital matte painting producer: HATCH (uncredited)
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Deak Ferrand .... matte painter: HATCH (uncredited)
Stuart D. Gordon .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Kurt Hall .... video & computer graphics technician (uncredited)
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects producer: main title sequence, Asylum (uncredited)
Helder Sun .... motion control operator (uncredited)
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Alex Warner .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Yuichiro Yamashita .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Seth Arnett .... stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunts
Craig Baxley Jr. .... stunts
Bruce Benson .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunt double: Sandra Bullock (as Donna Evans Merlo)
Jake Garber .... stunts
Kanin Howell .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunt coordinator
Mark Hull .... stunts
Cinda-Lin James .... stunts (as Cinda Lin James)
Alisha A. Keith .... stunts
Luke Khanlian .... stunts
Chris J. King .... stunts (as Chris King)
Robert Kurtzman .... stunts
Jake McKinnon .... stunts
Christopher S. Nelson .... stunts (as Chris Nelson)
Pat Romano .... stunts
Paula Scarpino .... stunts
Shannon Shea .... stunts
Mark Tavares .... stunts
Stanton Barrett .... stunt double: Michael Pitt (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Bailey .... best boy electric
Gary A. Beaird .... grip (as Gary Beard Jr.)
Gary C. Beaird .... key grip (as Gary C. Beaird)
Patrick Bensimmon .... camera production assistant
Alan S. Blauvelt .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Dustin Blauvelt .... camera operator
Jason Brooker .... rigging grip
Mike Brooker .... key rigging grip
Shane Brott .... grip
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... camera loader
David Dunbar .... rigging electrician
Jay Galbo .... lamp operator
Jorge Galvez .... grip
Earl Gayer .... rigging electrician (as Earl D. Gayer)
Ron Goodman .... aerial director of photography
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jay Hager .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Jay C. Hager)
Suzanne Hanover .... still photographer
D.J. Harder .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Steve Hastings .... rigging electric best boy
Nathan Hathaway .... lamp operator
Rick Herres .... grip
Tony Hibbard .... lamp operator
Dennis M. Kuneff .... rigging grip (as Dennis Kuneff)
Tom Lamont .... rigging grip best boy
Kevin J. Lang .... rigging gaffer
Jordan Lapsansky .... lamp operator
Brian LeGrady .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
George Lozano Jr. .... lamp operator
Pete Mahoney .... grip
Robert L. Mant .... camera loader
David Meyers .... additional key rigging grip
Ruben T. Reyes .... lamp operator
Kurt E. Soderling .... aerial director of photography (as Kurt Soderling)
Kurt E. Soderling .... camera operator: Wescam camera (as Kurt Soderling)
Chris Stadler .... grip
Bryan Sweezey .... rigging electrician
Gary Tandrow .... chief lighting technician
Mike Tapp .... dolly grip (as Michael Cleatus Tapp)
Dave Walker .... best boy grip (as David B. Walker)
Dave Walker .... grip
Kieran Waugh .... rigging electrician
Martin Weight .... video assist operator
José Zapata .... grip (as Jose C. Zapata)
John Zirbel .... lamp operator
Eli Golub .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John T. Martin .... grip: sfx unit (uncredited)
John T. Martin .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... second assistant camera: Wescam camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Suzanne Anaya .... extras casting: TBS
Sondra James .... voice casting
Meta Valentic .... casting associate (as Meta Puttkammer)
Darlene Zidar .... casting assistant
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting associate: New York (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Anderson .... key costumer
Conan Castro Jr. .... costumer
Lorraine Crossman .... costumer
Linda Matthews .... costume supervisor
Maggie Morgan .... assistant costume designer
Patia Prouty .... costumer
Joel Voorhies .... costumer: Sandra Bullock
Adrienne Greshock .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Natasha Paczkowski .... costume manufacturing foreperson (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Cecilia Blackwell .... post-production assistant: Barbet Schroeder
Julie Carr .... first assistant editor
Victoria Clay-Mendoza .... post-production assistant: Barbet Schroeder (as Vicroria Clay)
Adam Geiger .... assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Michelle Harrison .... associate editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Tamara McDonough .... assistant film editor
Rebecca Nicolaou .... assistant film editor
Misako Shimizu .... assistant film editor
Kristopher Kasper .... editor: main title sequence: Asylum (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Bruce Babcock .... conductor
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
Harvey Cohen .... additional orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Mick Gormaley .... assistant music editor
Richard Grant .... orchestra timings
Marc Mann .... additional orchestrator
Marc Mann .... midi preparation
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
Nic Ratner .... music editor
Delphine Robertson .... music coordinator
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Steve Juliani .... music preparation (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Pat Weber .... scoring technician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Alden .... production driver
James C. Alford .... production driver
Michael Ballew .... production driver
Richard M. Brasic .... production driver (as Richard Brasic)
Andrew Broomhead .... production driver
Adrian Cannon .... production driver
Jesse Cartwright .... production driver
Melvin G. Cavett .... production driver
Samuel J. Fernandez Jr. .... production driver
Troy Flynn .... production driver
Tony Greasley .... production driver
Peter Hackett .... production driver
Rudy Herrera .... production driver
Robert Hunter Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Jeffrey F. Jones .... production driver
Reid Kamitono .... production driver
Dan Lazaretto .... production driver
Bradley Jay Lesley .... production driver
Don Levinski .... production driver (as Donald L. Levinski)
Howie Mandel .... production driver (as Howard Mandel)
Ken Plumlee .... production driver
Ron Poniewaz Jr. .... production driver
Jason E. Poniewaz .... production driver
Robert Poto .... production driver (as Robert Anthony Poto)
Sandra Roach .... transportation office coordinator
S. Erika Rollins .... production driver
Craig Scott .... production driver
Laree Scrignolli .... production driver (as LaRee Sgrignoli)
Timothy Sheehan .... transportation captain
John Simanovich .... transportation co-captain (as John M. Simanovich)
Duane L. Sirna .... production driver (as Duane Sirna)
Edwin Smith .... production driver (as Edwin L. Smith)
Cesar Solis .... production driver
Alana Stelling .... production driver
Jerry T. Stroh .... production driver (as Jerry Stroh)
Mike Swann .... production driver
Howard Taft .... production driver (as Howard J. Taft)
Val Thorgusen .... production driver
Steve D. Weinmuller .... production driver
John Willoth .... production driver
Ronald Wayne Yakshe .... production driver
 
Other crew
H. Leah Amir .... craft service
Greg Baglia .... looping group
Barbara Bass .... studio teacher (as Barbara L. Bass)
Bruce Benson .... helicopter pilot
Lori Berhon .... looping group
Justin Blampied .... title designer
Darren Michael Blatt .... production assistant
Terry Bothwell .... production assistant
Robert D. Brugger .... set medic (as Robert Brugger)
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach
Blanca Camacho .... looping group
Gene Canfield .... looping group
Simon Cassels .... title designer
David Coburn .... looping group
Leslie Converse .... looping group
Stephanie Cramer .... production coordinator
Courtney Dane .... production assistant
Tess Davidson .... production assistant
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Youssef Delara .... production assistant (as Dexter Delara)
Julie Duvic .... location manager
Marty Elfalan .... first assistant accountant (as Martin Elfalan)
Gary Ferraro .... caterer: For Stars Catering (as Gary C. Ferraro)
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot
Mandy Friedrich .... studio teacher (as Mandy Milgrom-Friedrich)
Amanda Girard .... stand-in
Jessica Gray .... production assistant
Kirk Griffin .... production assistant
Michael S. Hall .... location projectionist
Gregory D. Hemstreet .... production accountant
Tim Honiball .... accounting clerk
Ari Jacobs .... assistant: Jeffrey Stott
Kevin Keith .... animal trainer: baboon
Alice S. Kim .... executive assistant: Jeffrey Stott
Benjamin Klang .... assistant: Barbet Schroeder and Susan Hoffman
Derrick Lefebvre .... assistant: Clint Mansell (as Derrick Levebre)
Lara Leonard .... assistant: Sandra Bullock (as Lara L. Leonard)
Sloane Lewis .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Jason Lieber .... stand-in
Marcus Maurice .... looping group
Michelle Mayans .... production assistant
Spike McClure .... looping group
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Eric Mention .... production assistant
Dana Michaelson .... key second assistant accountant
Robin Miles .... looping group
Dave Miller .... production assistant (as David T. Miller)
John Nasraway .... production assistant
Eileen A. O'Donnell .... production coordinator
Hank Petroski .... police technical advisor: Call the Cops
Charlie Portillo .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Emmanuel T. Reyes .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Enrique Rivera .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Matthew Rudolph .... production secretary (as Matt Rudolph)
Albert Salsich .... key assistant location manager (as Albie Salsich)
Anne Scott .... post-production accountant
John Siedenburg .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Victor Teran .... assistant: Barbet Schroeder and Susan Hoffman
Nicholas Toth .... animal trainer: Cougar Hill Ranch
Dwight Van Horn .... police technical advisor: Call the Cops
Yul Vazquez .... looping group
Lisa Vijitchanton .... production secretary
Randy Walker .... police technical advisor: Call the Cops
Debi West .... payroll supervisor
Amy Wilkins .... production assistant
Bruce Winant .... looping group
Chris Winn .... craft service
Alex L. Worman .... unit publicist
Seth Adams .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Adler .... stand-in (uncredited)
Randolph Bookman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Fred Einesman .... medical advisor (uncredited)
Eli Golub .... technician: HotHead (uncredited)
Chris Gutierrez .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Peter Hansen .... caterer: pastry chef (uncredited)
Stephan Horvath .... production assistant (uncredited)
William Jorgenson .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Stephen Price .... location manager: second unit (uncredited)
Gene Starzenski .... medic (uncredited)
John Trujillo .... layout board (uncredited)
Grant Wilkinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John Comer .... special thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Murd3r 8y Num8ers" - USA (promotional title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language, a sex scene and brief drug use
Runtime:
120 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:14A | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Malaysia:U (cut) | Malaysia:18SG (uncut version) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #38866)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
On the face of the clock seen in front of the police station, it says, "Spend Time With Those You Love".See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Justin and Richard are at the bluff (after Justin hits Richard) and Justin is walking away, you can see crew/equipment in the car window, closest to the screen (furthest away from Justin.)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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Entry of the Gods into ValhallaSee more »

FAQ

Is "Murder by Numbers" based on a book?
Whose voice do we hear when Richard and Cassie are fighting on the porch toward the end of the movie?
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Murder By The Book..., 1 October 2002
Author: loogenhausen from United States

There's something frustrating about watching a movie like 'Murder By Numers' because somewhere inside that Hollywood formula is a good movie trying to pop out. However, by the time the credits roll, there's no saving it. The whole thing is pretty much blown by the "cop side" of the story, where Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin's homicide detective characters muddle through an awkward sexual affair that becomes more and more trivialized the longer the movie goes on. Although Bullock is strong in her role, it's not enough to save the lackluster script and lazy pacing. Ben Chaplin's talents are wasted in a forgettable role (he did much better earlier in the year in the underrated 'Birthday Girl') as well as Chris Penn, who has a role so thanklessly small you feel sorry for a talent like him. Anyway, the plot really isn't even a factor in this movie at all. The two teen killers played by Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt are the only real reasons to see this movie. Their talent and chemistry work pretty good and they play off of each other quite well. It's too bad they weren't in a much better all-around film. Barbet Schroeder is treading way too safe ground here for such a seasoned filmmaker. Bottom Line: it's worth a rent if you're a genre fan, but everyone else will live a fulfilled life without ever seeing it, except maybe on network TV with convenient commercial breaks.

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