17 user 3 critic

Shadow of Fear (2004)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 11 January 2005 (USA)
1:33 | Trailer
When a young man accidentally kills someone, he is plunged into a rich man's world of blackmail, betrayal, adultery and ...murder.



(as Matthew Hollaway), (as Arthur Marcum)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

I Witness (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After 27 bodies are discovered in a collapsed tunnel in Tijuana, a man tries to unravel the mystery before becoming the next victim.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Portia de Rossi
The Stickup (2002)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars by a thief wearing a clowns mask.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: James Spader, Leslie Stefanson, David Keith
Dream Lover (1993)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

Director: Nicholas Kazan
Stars: James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne
White Palace (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high-flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon), ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander
True Colors (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs
Driftwood (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When Sarah walks alone along the desolate beach one day she find an unconscious man, who has been brought to land by the waves. When he awakens he doesn't remember anything. He has no name ... See full summary »

Director: Ronan O'Leary
Stars: James Spader, Anne Brochet, Barry McGovern
The Watcher I (2000)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Charbanic
Stars: James Spader, Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei
The Pentagon Papers (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Defense worker Daniel Ellsberg seeks to publish a series of classified government documents detailing the true nature of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Director: Rod Holcomb
Stars: James Spader, Claire Forlani, Paul Giamatti
Alien Hunter (2003)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An alien black box is found in the South Pole, where a government agency is conducting botanical experiments.

Director: Ron Krauss
Stars: James Spader, Janine Eser, John Lynch
Fantasy | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: James Spader, Polly Walker, Michael Caine
Keys to Tulsa (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Richter Boudreau, the son of local celebrity Cynthia, is not very successful and works as a film critic for a local newspaper. In a short time he loses his job and his heritage, and one of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Greif
Stars: Eric Stoltz, James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger
Slow Burn (Video 2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A distinguished explorer finds herself stranded in the Mexican desert with two escaped convicts and a stash of diamonds.

Director: Christian Ford
Stars: Jennifer Ann Evans, Stuart Wilson, Nicole Fellows


Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison French (as Matt Davis)
Detective Scofield
Congressman Henderson
Wynn French
Margie Henderson
Mr. Davis
Mr. Steve Palmer
Mr. Sawgrass
Andrew Harris ...
Chris Henderson
Janey Sawgrass
Holly Houston ...
Marcy Stewart
John Grant Phillips ...
Chief Webb (as John G. Phillips)


When a young man accidentally kills someone, he is plunged into a rich man's world of blackmail, betrayal, adultery and ...murder.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Murder was the easy part. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief violence, sexuality and some drug issues | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Main Line  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Detective Scofield: You are going to be late because you are being questioned for murder!
See more »


Featured in Commune (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Gripping Suspense! Stylish Film-making! Yet Enormously Depressing!
10 July 2005 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

"Shadow of Fear" draws upon the elements of suspense from the famous genre of film noir. It also shares similarities to films from earlier decades in "The Brotherhood of the Bell" (1970) and "The Star Chamber" (1983). All three films focus on a secret male society that goes outside the law to protect the interests and advance the agendas of its members. I admired director Rich Cowan's camera angles and stylish cinematography in "Shadow of Fear." There was also good suspense sustained in the mysteries activities of the secret club.

At the heart of the action is the character of Harrison French, admirably played by Matthew Davis. Harrison is caught in a web of intrigue after an unfortunate incident of manslaughter while driving in a blinding rain. He is subsequently manipulated by the ringleader of the secret brotherhood, performed with great relish by James Spader. The cast is rounded out with veteran actors Peter Coyote and Aidan Quinn, along with good support from Robin Tunney, Alice Krige, and Lacey Chabert.

Beyond the effective and suspenseful plot, I was especially intrigued by the consistently morose and clinically depressed cast of characters. Despite the great affluence portrayed in the film, the main characters all suffered from guilt for their past conduct and by the obsession of keeping their skeletons in the closet, through assistance of Spader's oily attorney, William Ashbury. It is especially revealing when throughout the film, the protagonist Harrison is chomping on prescription antidepressant medication in order to cope with even the slightest setback.

In "The Brotherhood of the Bell" and "The Star Chamber," the secret society went outside the lines of society's ethics in the pursuit of such concepts as "truth" and "justice." By contrast, in "Shadow of Fear," there were no redeeming ideals as the members of the society sought only to cover up one another's past transgressions. Literally, no one seemed happy in this film. Not even the powerful attorney Ashbury could remedy their sorry state of depression.

22 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was this movie released....anywher e? cruisinxx7
mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh lastchanceforromance
Question about one of the Chap's Sin bloxgator
I think I spotted the Sledge Hammer.. user-17298
Could have been better scifi75
Are you people retarded? teryolawwashere
Discuss Shadow of Fear (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: