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Nightwaves (2003)

Recently widowed Shelby Naylor (Sherilyn Fenn) listening to her husbands police scanner overhears a husband and wife arguing on the phone. The wife ends up dead and Widow Naylor points the finger endangering herself.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Birkwell
Tom Williams
Clay McClaren (as Francis McCarthy)
Jennifer Morehouse ...
Justine Lesley
Margaret Graham
Barry Blake ...
Police Sergeant Pike
Frank Fontaine ...
Nanette Workman ...
Sally Winters
Lori Graham ...
Day Newscaster
Brenda Birkwell
Alexia Worthington
Rosey Edeh ...
Night Newscaster


Following the car accident that took the life of her insurance man husband Pete Naylor, Bostonian Shelby Naylor, a magazine journalist who recently graduated from writing fluff pieces to hard hitting investigative stories, requires extensive physical therapy to walk without a mobility device again, let alone partake in her favorite pastime, horseback riding. Although it was the bane of her existence, Shelby, after an incident, is encouraged by the police for her own safety to use what seemed to be Pete's favorite toy, a high-powered police scanner which picks up not only police chatter, but any discussion using radio waves. It is that collateral chatter that Shelby becomes most interested in, she continually hearing the cell phone calls of someone named David, who she will eventually learn is David Birkwell. Most of those cell phone calls are arguments with his wife Brenda, but there are just as many of David with other women, one named Alexia with who he seems to be having an ... Written by Huggo

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Murder is only one call away.

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »


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27 August 2006 (Sweden)  »

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Indiscrétions fatales  »

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pretty good
4 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Nightwaves stars Sherilyn Fenn as Shelby, a newly-widowed woman who lives alone in a mansion. She misses her late-husband terribly, and she is having trouble focusing on her career and recovering from an accident. As a way to distract herself, she begins listening to a police scanner at night. One night, Shelby overhears a disturbing conversation on the police scanner which prompts her to get involved in a dangerous situation.

Sherilyn Fenn did a real nice job as the lead, and Bruce Dinsmore and David Nerman played their parts well. Nanette Workman gave a nice performance in the role of the cutthroat publisher. Nightwaves has everything needed for a fun mystery--great casting choices, good locations, effective score, and the right pacing. Recommended. 8/10

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