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Jessica, whose father killed her mother and committed suicide, is a police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start being murdered.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Melvin Frank
Dale Becker
Ray Porter
Wilson Jefferson
James Oliver Bullock ...
John Flanagan
William Hall ...
Chip Marshall
Larry Geber
Bob Sherman (as James Hechim)


Jessica Shepard is an on the rise police officer of San Francisco's esteemed police department, after having solved a big case about a serial killer. Her mentor John Mills is proud of Jessica as a father would be of his daughter, since Mills was the partner of Jessica's late father. With a newly established promotion, Jessica finds that she might once again have to prove herself in a department that takes no prisoners. Not to mention a new partner named Mike Delmarco, who might be Jessica's next closest thing to a confidant. However, a man has been found dead and the two officers are brought into the investigation. What they find is a surprise when the dead in question was a man Jessica slept with, he being part of a list of one night stands that Jessica has engaged in. Now under suspicion and a terrible drinking problem gnawing at her, Jessica will have to prove to her superiors and to her skeptical partner that she's not the one behind the murders and Mills is one of the few people ... Written by mystic80

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An elusive killer. A brilliant detective. Maybe one and the same? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blackout Murders  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,904,299 (USA) (27 February 2004)


$25,195,050 (USA) (21 May 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Mark Pellegrino' and Titus Welliver costar in this movie, both on the same side of law enforcement. Later, they would costar in the television series Lost (2004), where they would play opposing sides in the island's good and evil mythology as Jacob (the man in white) and The Man in Black. See more »


Jessica is talking to a psychiatrist when Mills comes to bail her out of jail. At one point as they are walking out, the movement of their bodies does not match the sound of their footsteps. See more »


[first lines]
Edmund Cutler: [knife to her neck] I can hear your heart beating. Sounds like you've got an animal in your chest, trying to get out. Sounds like blood. Sounds like flesh.
[starts unzipping her jacket]
Edmund Cutler: What's this? *What* *is* *this*?
Jessica Shepard: It's my gun.
[suddenly overpowers him and he's on the ground]
Edmund Cutler: Don't hurt me!
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References Sunset Boulevard (1950) See more »


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Written & Produced by Mark Isham
Performed by Rich Ruttenberg
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User Reviews

Not nearly as bad as reviewers say
8 March 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Seeing one popular site with a verdict of 101 bad reviews to just 2 good ones, I almost didn't go, but my S.O. likes some pretty so-so movies if they are exciting or suspenseful, so I took her. I did not find the plot so obvious. I actually enjoyed it a lot--a bit raunchy of course, but "normal" for this kind of flick. I actually recommend it as a thriller. Reviewers are really a bunch of whole assets, arent they? They probably are not too good at acting, screenwriting, directing or producing (though they might do okay as continuity persons!). Jackson, Garcia, Judd and several lesser players are just fine. Reviewers write to keep themselves working for a living, and that requires them to diss a goodly percentage of the movies they review.

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