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)
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, Tom Cruise
and Ben Affleck
were all said to have expressed interest in appearing in the project in the late 1990s. Cruise eventually took up a position as producer on the project instead, but he asked to have his name removed from the credits just prior to release. See more
(at around 1 min) The agents are trying to pinpoint missing people on a map with locations marked with yellow push-pins. One of the people missing was from Dyersville, Iowa which is strange for 2 reasons: 1. the dot is located in the south-central portion of the state hinting that it may be the capital Des Moines and 2. Dyersville is in the far eastern part of the state while the lead agent points to eastern Nebraska. See more
[O'Ryan has sit across from Speck without him noticing
What's in the case?
[looks up; startled
You're always lugging that case around. I'm curious, what do you sell?
Restaurant supplies. I'm sorry, I didn't get your name.
You must travel a lot, huh? Whole country or just hereabouts?
I don't mean to be rude, but...
How's your wife feel about it?
She must get lonely, you gone all the time. Does she?
The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more
Referenced in Incident at Loch Ness
Flirtin' with Disaster
Written by David Lawrence Hlubek
(as Dave Hlubek), Danny Joe Brown
and Banner Harvey Thomas
(as Banner H. Thomas)
Performed by Molly Hatchet
Courtesy of Epic Records
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