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 traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. 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, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while 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 ... 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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Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 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
There is a spelling error of the word 'condensed' (spelled condenced) on O'Ryan's FBI psychological evaluation when Mackelway is reading it See more
Do you know the definition of a black hole?
Not precisely, no.
It's a celestial body with a gravitational force so strong that nothing escapes it, not even light.
Well, then how do you find something you can't see?
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
What a Dream It's Been
Written by Robert Williams
Performed by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Courtesy of Hightone Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group See more