IMDb > Point of Origin (2002) (TV)
Point of Origin
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Point of Origin (2002) (TV) More at IMDbPro »

Point of Origin -- Post


User Rating:
5.9/10   1,139 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writer (WGA):
Matthew Tabak (written by)
View company contact information for Point of Origin on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 June 2002 (USA) See more »
When fire becomes an obsession... truth becomes stranger than fiction.
Fact-based drama about an arson investigator (Ray Liotta) searching for the perpetrator of a string of deadly fires in 1980s California. | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Stlyzed entertaining thriller that is based on a real incident. See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ray Liotta ... John Orr / Aaron Stiles

John Leguizamo ... Keith Lang

Colm Feore ... Mike Matassa

Cliff Curtis ... Mike Camello

Bai Ling ... Wanda Orr

Illeana Douglas ... Kate

Ronny Cox ... Chief Gray
Mike Camello ... Glen Lucero

Nora Zehetner ... Trish

Sophia Bush ... Carrie Orr

Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Stella Cove (as Sandy Gimpel)
Miles Schneider ... Kenny

Ingrid Rogers ... Ambria

Maree Cheatham ... Gabby Finn

Graham Beckel ... Clarence Hyde

Trent Gill ... Marty
Glen Lucero ... College Hills Fireman

Angela Alvarado ... Mexican Woman (as Angela Alvardo)
Connie Ramirez ... Mexican Friend

Danny Pino ... Burn Victim

Christopher Kriesa ... A.J. Jackobowski (as Chris Kriesa)

Shashawnee Hall ... Lt. Tom Hines
Lisa Chang ... Excuse Me Lady

Madeleine Wade ... Waitress at Diner (as Madeleine Lindley)

Ashly Holloway ... Lori Orr
Joe Colligan ... Courtroom Lawyer

Gwendolyn Oliver ... Courtroom Reporter

Bill Moseley ... Task Force Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Coy ... Juror

Jose B. Martinez ... Burn Victim #2
Ryan B. Adams ... ATF Agent Ryan (uncredited)

Demetra Karakostas ... Middle-Eastern Store Clerk (uncredited)

Marshall Manesh ... Store Manager (uncredited)
Lynette Ruiz ... Sketch Artist (uncredited)
Anne von Herrmann ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Newton Thomas Sigel 
Writing credits
Matthew Tabak (written by)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... producer
John Herzfeld .... producer
Keri Selig .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Ottman 
Cinematography by
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cindy Mollo 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Sarah Katzman 
Production Design by
Michael Z. Hanan 
Art Direction by
Gregory Bolton 
Set Decoration by
Casey Hallenbeck 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects artist
John Kim .... makeup effects technician
Mary Kim .... makeup effects production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Janet Moore .... key hair stylist
Mark Nieman .... silicone prosthetic technician: Captive Audience Productions )
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects producer: Captive Audience Productions
Production Management
Robert Rothbard .... production manager
Greg Spence .... post-production supervisor (as Peter Spence)
Ellen Wolff .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brent Clark .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Kenneth Bryant .... set dresser
Don Cinderella .... set dresser
Ray Conchado .... set dresser
Bryan Duff .... property master
Erin Fite .... set decoration buyer
Jane Kilkenny .... carpenter
Jeff Shewbert .... propmaker
Bennet Silver .... set dresser
Sharon Speller .... decorator painter
Stan Tropp .... set designer (credited as Set Designer with Michael Hanan Production Designer)
Chad Vachter .... on-set dresser
Robert Wilbanks .... plaster supervisor
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Finnigan .... adr recordist
Sarah Payan .... sound editor
D. Chris Smith .... sound designer
Drew Webster .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Philip Bartko .... special effects foreman (as Phil Bartko)
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator
David Domeyer .... special effects
Randy Fitzgerald .... special effects technician
Chris Jones .... special effects foreman
Neil Jones .... special effects assistant
Michael Kay .... special effects assistant
Jonathan Kombrinck .... special effects assistant
Brendon O'Dell .... special effects technician
Martin Simon .... special effects
Jake Valdez .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Linda Avitabile .... visual effects coordinator (as Linda McDonnell)
Kevin Baillie .... digital artist: The Orphanage
Patrick Clancey .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Clausing .... digital compositor
Chris Dawson .... motion control camera operator
Brian Flora .... digital matte supervisor: The Orphanage
Mark Intravartolo .... digital compositor
Jon-Marc Kortsch .... digital artist
Mark Lipsmeyer .... tracker: VisionArt/
Danny Mudgett .... digital compositor
Rocco Passionino .... digital effects supervisor
Chris Paxson .... motion control technician
Marc Sadeghi .... visual effects producer: The Orphanage
Chris B. Schnitzer .... motion control technician
James D. Tittle .... facility manager:
Chris Carnel .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts
Julian Forbes .... stunt driver
Jeremy Fry .... stunt double
Jeremy Fry .... stunt driver
Mike Gunther .... wire stunts coordinator
Clint Kale Jones .... stunt performer
Cheryl Lawson .... stunt actor
Larry Nicholas .... stunt double
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Casey Pieretti .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunt double
Eric Ryan .... utility stunts
Ray Siegle .... utility stunts
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Clark Tucker .... stunt double: John Leguizamo
Aliza Washabaugh .... stunt double
Garrett Warren .... stunt double: Ray Liotta (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dwayne Barr .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Bryan Booth .... best boy electric
Bill Brao .... camera operator
Henry Cantor .... electrician
Mark Colicci .... assistant camera
Darryl Cowherd .... lighting technician
Randy Feemster .... camera operator
Dominik Feller .... rigging electrician
Julie Helton .... film loader
Daniel Hernandez .... electrician (as Danny Hernandez)
Dana Kilgore .... lighting console programmer
Jennifer Perkins .... gaffer
Tony Rush .... key video assist operator
David A. Seekins .... assistant camera
Rafael Winer .... still photographer
Casting Department
Chris Gray .... extras casting
Ron Lunceford .... extras casting assistant
Editorial Department
Matthew Crocker .... post-production assistant
Lisa Fruchtman .... consulting editor
Philip Harrelson .... post-production services
Pamela March .... assistant editor
Chris Miller .... post-production services
Lowell Rottenberg .... post-production coordinator
Dave Rowe .... post-production assistant
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
George Brown .... driver: cast
Guy Merrick .... driver
Michael Merrick .... transportation coordinator
Charlie Ping .... driver
Other crew
Paul Belenardo .... production accountant
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Aundrea Hearn .... production associate
Chris Jensen .... creative consultant
Erin Kaufman .... production coordinator
Steven Krul .... assistant coordinator
Mark J. Levenstein .... production executive
Harvey Lowry .... operations manager: Captive Audience Productions Inc.
Adam Martin .... production assistant
Sue Meserve .... script supervisor: second unit
Deborah Ricketts .... archive researcher
Wells Rosales .... stand-in
Eric Ryan .... fire technical advisor
Jon Wallace .... production assistant

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"In the Heat of Fire" - Europe (English title) (DVD title)
See more »
86 min
Color (FotoKem)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

During filming in the hardware store set, located behind Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel, a special effects technician suffered first and second degree burns over 40 percent of his body.See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Stlyzed entertaining thriller that is based on a real incident., 15 September 2008
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada

John Orr (Ray Liotta) is a veteran arson investigator, who's completely professional at his job and he has an sixth sense for placing the origin of suspecting fires. His loyal partner Keith Lang (John Leguizamo) learns from the best from Orr and Lang has joined the task force in the search of the killer. But some of Orr's colleagues and others thinks that Orr knows too much of these crimes... all too-well. To his friends, family members and colleagues that Orr might be the arsonist.

Directed by Newton Thomas Sigel made an terrific, fast paced thriller that is based loosely on a true story. Liotta and Leguizamo gives strong performances in their roles. This movie has an top supporting cast like Colm Feore, Cliff Curtis, Bai Ling, Illeana Douglas, Ronny Cox, Sophia Bush and Rachel Bilson. This movie was made for TV at HBO Films. Sigel's picture is very stylized and it looks like an theatrical movie as well.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD also includes an fairly interesting running commentary track by the director and cast & crew information. Sigel's film is very entertaining.... he keeps everything tight, over the top and short. Certainly worth seeing. (****/*****).

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (25 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Point of Origin (2002)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
When Did He Have The Time? ChazG
To what extent is this based on truth? MrJinx
what an ending!! cswellz
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
15 Minutes Cop Land Training Day The Salton Sea Thunderheart
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.