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Twisted -- A San Francisco police detective must prove to the department and to her superiors that she is not a serial killer.
Twisted -- Jessica, whose father was a serial killer, is a female police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start dying around her at a furious pace.
Twisted -- Jessica, whose father was a serial killer, is a female police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start dying around her at a furious pace.


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Writer (WGA):
Sarah Thorp (written by)
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Release Date:
27 February 2004 (USA) See more »
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Jessica, whose father was a serial killer, is a police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the centre of her own investigation, when her former lovers start dying around her at a furious pace. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ashley Judd ... Jessica Shepard

Samuel L. Jackson ... John Mills

Andy Garcia ... Mike Delmarco

David Strathairn ... Dr. Melvin Frank

Russell Wong ... Lieutenant Tong

Camryn Manheim ... Lisa

Mark Pellegrino ... Jimmy Schmidt

Titus Welliver ... Dale Becker

D.W. Moffett ... Ray Porter

Richard T. Jones ... Wilson Jefferson

Leland Orser ... Edmund Cutler
James Oliver Bullock ... John Flanagan
William Hall ... Chip Marshall

Joe Duer ... Larry Geber

Jim Hechim ... Bob Sherman (as James Hechim)
Drew Letchworth ... Bartender
Diane Amos ... Jones
Anni Long ... Cop

David Tenenbaum ... Cop

Leonard L. Thomas ... Mills' Aide (as Leonard Thomas)

Joe Drago ... Man at Bar
Bruce Marovich ... Lieutenant Marovich (as Bruce F. Marovich)
Danny Lopez ... Sergeant Lopez
Lyn Tomioka ... Yawara Instructor
Leslie Kaye ... Forensic Lab Technician
Angela Tse ... Forensic Lab Technician

Ofri Fuchs ... Girl at Saloon
Angelo Miller ... Saloon Bouncer
Peter Ridet ... Cop Bar Bartender
Garrett Townsend ... Man at Saloon
Victor Vallejo ... Inspector Vallejo
Carola Zertuche ... Flamenco Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ian Baptiste ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Christopher Behrens ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Chandler Bolt ... Pensive Drunk (uncredited)

Geoff Callan ... Detective (uncredited)

Veronica Cartwright ... Landlady (uncredited)
Cabran E. Chamberlain ... Policeman (uncredited)
Baldwin Chiu ... CSI Photographer (uncredited)

Brian Danker ... Homicide Inspector (uncredited)
Am Fong ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

David Hern ... Homicide Detective (uncredited)
Marc Moon ... Twisted (uncredited)

Mark A. Neely ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Jon Read ... Homicide Inspector (uncredited)

Brian Sampson ... Ambulance Tech (uncredited)

Christabel Savalas ... Chambermaid (uncredited)

Theodore Carl Soderberg ... Tourist (uncredited)

Tony Vella ... Biker (uncredited)

James D. Weston II ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Sherrie La'Marr Wheeler ... City Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Kaufman 
Writing credits
Sarah Thorp (written by)

Produced by
Barry Baeres .... producer
Stephen Brown .... executive producer
Sherryl Clark .... co-producer
Bob DeBrino .... co-executive producer
Michael Flynn .... executive producer
Peter Kaufman .... co-producer
Anne Kopelson .... producer
Arnold Kopelson .... producer
Cherylanne Martin .... associate producer
Florina Massbaum .... producer
Robyn Meisinger .... executive producer
Linne Radmin .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Peter Deming 
Film Editing by
Peter Boyle 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Nancy Hayes 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington 
Art Direction by
Thomas T. Taylor 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
Makeup Department
Steven E. Anderson .... makeup department head
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson
Felicity Bowring .... makeup artist: Ms. Judd
Catherine Childers .... hair stylist
Gretchen Davis .... assistant makeup artist
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects artist
Rob Hinderstein .... special makeup effects artist
Frank Ippolito .... special makeup effects artist
Beth Miller .... hair stylist: Ms. Judd
Candace Neal .... key hair stylist
Ve Neill .... special makeup effects artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Mr. Jackson
R. Stephen Weber .... makeup artist (as Richard Stephen Weber)
Production Management
Cherylanne Martin .... unit production manager
Nan Morales .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Brown .... second unit director (as Robert F. Brown)
David Hakim .... assistant director
Michael McCue .... additional second second assistant director (as Michael A. McCue)
John M. Morse .... second second assistant director (as John Morse)
Gregory Kent Simmons .... second assistant director (as Gregory K. Simmons)
Annie Spiegelman .... first assistant director: second unit
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rodney Armanino .... construction coordinator
James Burke .... greensman
Stephanie Cain .... art department coordinator
Baird Caswell .... construction labor foreman
Jennifer Clinard .... on-set painter
Scott Cobb .... set designer
J. Michael Davis .... set dresser (as Jonathan Davis)
Stephen J. Gardner .... assistant property master
Dale Haugo .... lead scenic artist
Mike Helbig .... set dresser
Lawrence Hornbeck .... on-set dresser
Sean House .... propmaker
John Lister .... set dresser
Cindy Mah .... art department assistant
John Micheletos .... set dresser
Patrick Musni .... assistant properties
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
John Oster .... propmaker
Doug Pierce .... set designer (as Douglas Pierce)
Jim Poynter .... leadman (as James Poynter)
Tom Richardson .... scenic artist
Roel Robles .... storyboard artist
Ken Sly .... property maker
Tom Vukmanic .... set dresser
Doug E. Williams .... construction general foreman
Virginia Hopkins .... painter (uncredited)
Stephen McNally .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Axinn .... foley editor
Stephen Balliet .... sound utility
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor (as Karen A. Brocco)
Lisa Chino .... assistant sound editor
Ben Conrad .... foley mixer
Michael Davis .... adr mixer
Frank E. Eulner .... supervising sound editor (as Frank Eulner)
Sue Fox .... adr editor (as Suzanne Fox)
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Tim Nielsen .... sound effects editor (as Timothy Nielsen)
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
George Peterson Jr. .... sound re-recordist
Brandon Proctor .... sound mix technician
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
Fred Runner .... boom operator
Jurgen Scharpf .... sound mix technician
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Nelson Stoll .... production sound mixer
James Willetts .... foley recordist
Marshall Winn .... dialogue editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Wes Campbell .... mold maker
Dan Crawley .... special effects technician
John McLeod .... special effects coordinator
John McLeod .... special effects director
Brian Montgomery .... special effects technician
Dan Nelson .... special effects technician
Frank W. Tarantino .... assistant special effects coordinator (as Frank Tarantino)
Frank W. Tarantino .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Eric Brevig .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Casey .... visual effects supervisor
Julie D'Antoni .... visual effects producer: ILM
Danielle Hazan .... visual effects coordinator
Michael Olague .... visual effects gaffer
Catherine Tate .... digital compositor: ILM
Lloyd Hess .... technical support (uncredited)
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunts (as Robin Bonaccorsi)
Bob Brown .... stunt coordinator (as Robert F. Brown)
Troy Brown .... stunts
Rocky Capella .... stunts
Jennifer Caputo .... stunt double: Ashley Judd
Tom Cottrell .... stunts
Lisa Dempsey .... stunts
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Thomas M. Ficke .... stunts (as Tom Ficke)
James Gutierrez .... utility stunts
Jeri Habberstad .... stunt double: Ashley Judd
Jeri Habberstad .... stunts
Kevin Larson .... stunts
Mike Martinez .... stunts
Marty Murray .... stunts
Rex Reddick .... stunts
Tim Rigby .... stunts
Steven Ritzi .... stunts
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunts (as Melissa Stubbs)
Mark Vanselow .... stunt double: Mark Pellegrino
Lee Whittaker .... stunt double: Leland Orser
Lee Whittaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph J. Allen .... grip
James Beaumonte .... grip
Michael Ryan Burns .... grip
Michael Catalano .... rigging electrician
Dave Childers .... key grip
Gregory M. Childers .... grip
Ian Chriss .... rigging electrician
Tim Collins .... dolly grip
Dino Corti .... electrician
Patrick Figueroa .... second company grip
Sean Flood .... electrician
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Sheila Greene .... rigging electrician: San Francisco
Tim Guffin .... assistant camera
Greg HecQ .... grip
Don L. Henderson .... rigging grip
Rod M. Janusch .... assistant chief rigging electrician
Rod M. Janusch .... gaffer
Brook Johnson .... grip
Kenneth 'Spike' Kirkland .... rigging grip (as Spike Kirkland)
Anne Lee .... second assistant camera: B camera (as Anne Lee)
Patrick McArdle .... first assistant camera
Brian Minzlaff .... set lighting technician
Orlando Orona .... grip
G. Anthony Phillips .... best boy rigging grip
Bobby Powell .... rigging gaffer
Duane Robinson .... key rigging grip: San Francisco
Jan Ruona .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Sheets .... grip
Chris Shellenberger .... lamp operator
Terry Sullivan .... assistant chief lighting technician
John Trunk .... video assist operator
Lou Weinert .... camera operator
Lou Weinert .... director of photography: second unit (as Louis C. Weinert)
Rick A. West .... gaffer
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician: Wescam camera
Gregory Collis .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Darren Jon Taylor .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Levitt .... casting associate: San Francisco
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Cravedi .... costumer: Ms. Judd
Cathleen Edwards .... costume supervisor
Nancy Foreman .... key seamstress
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costumer: Mr. Jackson (as Askia Jacob)
Jennifer Parker .... key costumer
Kelly Porter .... key costumer
Valerie White .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Rob Bonz .... assistant editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
George Doering .... musician
Tim Fox .... assistant music editor (as Timothy Fox)
Stephen Krause .... music recordist
Stephen Krause .... music scoring mixer
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Robin Lee .... music editor
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Cindy O'Connor .... music assistant: additional arrangements
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Brian Copenhagen .... music playback operator (uncredited)
Scott McRae .... music preparation (uncredited)
Kevin Rose-Williams .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator
Christine Dye .... transportation office coordinator
Donald Kasich .... transportation captain
Stephen A. Latina .... transportation captain
James Nordberg .... driver: production van
Paul Ripple .... transportation assistant
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain
John H. Stephens .... driver: honeywagon
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
Reggie Jackson .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kimberly Aguirre .... payroll accountant
Coleen Aiello .... construction accountant
Jennifer Baeseman .... stand-in
Mark Bosia .... medic coordinator
Tora Chung .... assistant: Michael Flynn
Tora Chung .... production secretary
James Cotner .... stand-in
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor
Brian Dettor .... set production assistant
Jack Driscoll .... security: Ms. Judd
Sharlene Duale .... accounting assistant
Ava DuVernay .... promotional services
Rory Enke .... location manager
Andrew Flautt .... location production assistant
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Dhana Gilbert .... production coordinator (as Dhana Rivera)
Dana Gong .... key office production assistant
Miguel Govea .... publicity consultant
Matthew Gross .... production executive
Dustin Jackson .... production assistant
Saisie M. Jang .... location assistant
Kevin Jarzynski .... assistant: Mr. Kopelson
Karen Jine .... location assistant
Jay Johnson .... title designer
Leslie Kaye .... assistant: Messrs. Kaufman
Rowdy Kelley .... assistant location manager
Melissa Lekus .... set production assistant
Alexa Song Lindenthaler .... second assistant accountant (as Alexa Song)
Jim Lipman .... boat captain
Joshua Loiko .... assistant accountant
Cindy Mah .... production assistant
Richard Marks .... location manager
Bruce Marovich .... technical advisor: San Francisco Police Department
Katie McCaffrey .... assistant: Ms. Judd (as Catherine McCaffrey)
Elaine Mongeon .... executive assistant: Mr. Kopelson
Charles Montgomery .... production assistant
Peter Moody .... location scout
Claudia O'Hehir .... executive assistant: Ms. Kopelson
Daniel E. Parr .... first assistant accountant
Tim L. Pearson .... production accountant
Sandy Reed .... head craft service
Allen Theosky Rowe .... stand-in: Russel Wong
Ryan Schubert .... production assistant
Yovel Schwartz .... production assistant
Jonathan Shedd .... key location manager
Rick Shuster .... helicopter pilot
Patricia Story .... unit publicist
Dan Talbott .... production assistant
Leonard L. Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Jackson (as Leonard Thomas)
Angela Tse .... assistant: Messrs. Kaufman
Michael Umble .... publicist
Vikram Weet .... assistant: Ms. Kopelson
Evan Wilson .... set production assistant
Jeremy Wong .... production assistant
Nancy Wong .... key assistant location manager
Robert Wong .... marine coordinator
Darin Wymer .... production assistant
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
James D. Weston II .... stand-in: Richard T. Jones (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, language and sexuality
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Camryn Manheim uses the phrase "Law and Order" during the film. Of course, she was a character in the series of that name.See more »
Continuity: In first scene we see her neck is bloodied by the point of her suspect's knife. In the following scene at the bar, her neck is perfectly fine - no band-aid or even scratch.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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Movie Connections:
References Chinatown (1974)See more »
One More NiteSee more »


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46 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A high-caliber cast slumming in "made for TV" material., 21 September 2004
Author: Li-1

* ½ out of ****

I've mentioned it before and I'll say it again; I'm a sucker for mystery thrillers, especially when they involve methodical serial killers. So despite the fact that Twisted was clearly one of the worst reviewed films of the year, I still rented it based on both my preference for the genre and for the film's cast, as I am huge fans of Samuel L. Jackson and Ashley Judd. Andy Garcia, Russell Wong, and Leland Orser are in the film, too, and that's definitely not a shabby supporting cast.

The film stars Judd as San Francisco patrol officer Tess Shepard. After busting a murderer, she's promoted to inspector by the commissioner (Samuel L. Jackson), who also happens to be her legal guardian thanks to a rather sordid past. Tess' new partner is Del Marco (Andy Garcia), and they're quickly assigned to their first case when a corpse is discovered by the shore. The crime is murder but there's a catch; Tess recognizes the dead man, a mere stranger she picked up at a bar a month ago. Another murder occurs, and it's yet another man Tess slept with. And considering she keeps blacking out the night each of the men is killed, she begins to suspect if she's the very own killer they're looking for.

For all that's very wrong with this film, Twisted isn't nearly as bad as I though it'd be. Don't take that as high praise, because the movie's still bad, just not horrible enough that I'd put it on any personal bottom 10 lists.

Because I saw this film just a day after Taking Lives, there was the occasional bit of déjà vu. Remember how I mentioned that film introduced us to the heroine by showing how clever and resourceful she was? Pretty much the same case here, except we also see that Judd's Tess Shepard can kick ass. Her cleverness is displayed through her ability to perfectly describe people and objects she's seen after a brief glance; a fine ability, no doubt, but not something that really impresses in terms of plot and characterization.

The movie's various attempts at building a sense of mystery are suspense are quite pathetic. Examples? Judd keeps hearing a metallic clinking outside her apartment every night before the murders, and she keeps drinking alcohol on those same nights and consequently blacks out. This is a repeated process, so you'd think it take her more than the majority of the film's running time to figure out her drink might be tainted with a drug or that whoever's making that noise might somehow be associated with her blackouts.

Figuring out the identity of the killer is almost too easy. Just follow Roger Ebert's little movie rule about how the culprit is almost always the person who has no other reason to be in the picture and you'll be able to narrow it down real fast.

Twisted is blessed with a surprisingly high-profile cast, and while most everyone is nothing less than decent, it's a bit of a surprise actors of such high-caliber would choose a script that plays out more like 'TV movie of the week' material. I can maybe see the appeal to Ashley Judd in playing a tortured but tough heroine, but Samuel L. Jackson has arguably the film's most thankless role, and he's barely in the picture for more than fifteen minutes. Competent acting is always a great plus in the genre, but it also takes plot and suspense to actually make a thriller with thrills and this movie has absolutely zilch in that department.

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