When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of a traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Or perhaps they are not random at all; the last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him. His past mistakes haunt him. His head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer. The case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection to ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
27 August 2004 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $3,446,375
(27 August 2004)
(15 October 2004)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
The original 1995 draft by Zak Penn
circulated around Hollywood for seven years before finally being made. After several drafts were rejected, the original draft, with several revisions by Billy Ray
, was used for shooting. See more
(at around 27 mins) Mackleway is looking at a newspaper clipping dated Friday, October 23, 2001. Tuesday is the actual day of the week for that date. See more
Where's the boy?
The boy is in pieces under the bed.
The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more
Nocturne Opus 55, No. 1, F Minor
Written by Frédéric Chopin
(as Fryderyk Francois Chopin)
Performed by John H. Skehan III See more