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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

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Malcolm Rivers has been convicted as the perpetrator of several murders and is sentenced to death. An eleventh hour defense by his lawyers and psychiatrist that Malcolm is insane based on new evidence has resulted in them meeting with the prosecutors and the judge to discuss if the verdict should be overturned. Meanwhile, on a dark night during a torrential rainstorm in the Nevada desert, a series of chain reaction events results in several people needing to stay at an out of the way motel managed by Larry. They are: ex-cop now limo driver Ed, and his client Caroline, a diva of a once famous actress; quiet adolescent Timmy, his stepfather George, and his mother Alice, who was seriously injured when Ed accidentally ran over her as she watched George change their flat tire; prostitute Paris, who was the unwitting cause of George's flat tire; newlyweds Lou and Ginny, whose marriage is based on a lie; and Police Officer Rhodes, who was en route escorting prisoner Robert to his new ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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25 April 2003 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,225,263 (USA) (25 April 2003)

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$205,203 (Japan) (24 October 2003)
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Trivia

'John Cusack' and 'Amanda Peet' would later go on to play the lead roles in 2012 (2009), where they play a recently divorced couple. See more »

Goofs

When Paris is bending down picking up her items from the vending machine, her black underwear is clearly seen sticking above the back of her jeans. A few scenes later when she is closing the front door in the motel reception, her underwear is again visible and it has changed to white. See more »

Quotes

Larry: Hey, Ed? I don't know if I'm comfortable with guard duty, per se.
Ed: He's unconscious, Larry. He's tied to a post.
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The first few opening credits leave behind a letter to the word "IDENTITY" as they fade away. See more »

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Features The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964) See more »

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Very good
26 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On a dark and stormy night 11 strangers have to take refuge in an isolated motel when a rainstorm turns into a monsoon. One by one they begin to be killed...but by who and for what reason?

The set-up is neat (if predictable) and there's a great opening showing how the actions of one of them (Amanda Peet) inadvertantly causes some serious damage for the others. There also is some great acting by Peet, John C. McGinley and Ray Liotta (who REALLY chews the scenery). There are also some moments that will make you jump and there are two neat twists at the end.

The only bad things about this movie is some clumsy exposition (John Cusack tells his whole life story while photographing a corpse), some truly bad lines and a surprisingly lousy performance by Cusack. What's happened to him? He looks worn-out and haggard in this film.

However, these are minor problems and the film is well worth seeing and keeps you guessing about what's going on till the last moment. Worth catching.

WARNING: This film is NOT for children!


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