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EvenHand (2002)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 November 2002 (USA)
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Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, EvenHand tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently ... See full summary »

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Officer Ted Morning
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Officer Rob Francis
Lawrence Stringer ...
Mather
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David Mather
Io Tillett Wright ...
Toby
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Jessica (as Ruth Osuna)
Irene Pena ...
Carla
Héctor García ...
Victor
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Carol (as Kelley Saunders)
Eduardo Cavazos Garza ...
Sgt. Leonard
Greg Bransom ...
Donald
Earley B. Teal ...
Old Man With Brick
Bena Kratochvil ...
Lisa Mather
Alsada Richardson ...
Lisa's Mom
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Ronald
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Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, EvenHand tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently divorced, finds the adjustment from his previous assignment in "Sleepytown" difficult. With his new partner, the volatile Ted Morning, he spends his days breaking up domestic disputes and attempting to make sense of a parade of lowlifes, firebugs and junkies. Morning is the original Texas cowboy, all muscle and bravado: arrest 'em first, ask questions later. The characters and events in EvenHand subtly intertwine until Francis and Morning must both face the consequences of their very different approaches to the job. Filmed on location in San Antonio, Texas, EvenHand is a police story, but it's not about car chases or shoot-outs. It's about two cops struggling to survive in a world where, without warning, numbing routine can give way to primal fear. Written by george lacey

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You can't be everybody's friend.

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Rated R for language, some violence and drug content
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Officer Rob Francis: [narration - as funeral passes] Most people hate cops. It's a fact, but it's not true. When things go bad, we're the ones you call. We show up, and we arrest people. Because as a friend once said, we're cops, that's what we do. But it's also our job to make things better. Chase away the shadows. I guess sometimes the shadows we chase, are our own.
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Bill Dawes and Bill Sage are amazing.

This is an amazing film that starts out slow and builds to a very satisfying crescendo because of great chemistry between Bill Dawes and Bill Sage as two cops struggling to get through monotonous patrol duty in a fictional Texas town. Most of the film's elements work. Some aspects --- such as the score, the pace of the first act, and some of the supporting cast --- stand in the way of it being an Indie masterpiece. It is frustratingly close to being the perfect arthouse film about cops. As it stands, it is still the ONLY arthouse film about cops that comes to mind. Bill Sage, who has made a career out of mediocre performances in mediocre films finally impresses in the blustery role of Ted Morning. And Bill Dawes, with whom whose work I was never familiar, delivers a nuanced, heartbreaking performance as a sensitive police officer trying to find his way. Their scenes together are the heart and soul of the film -- and the film ended with me wanting to see more of them together and looking forward to buying the DVD (from Hart Sharp) when it comes out.


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