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Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after ... See full summary »

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Robbie (as Jeff Wright)
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Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was being badly bullied, Abel suspects that a dangerous schoolboy initiation has gone horribly wrong and he secretly solicits the help of a sympathetic teacher, Betsy. He is warned off the investigation by his boss, as the school is a generous benefactor to the Police benevolent fund. Abel, however, cannot let the case go, not only because his own brother committed suicide years before, but also it seems that the spirit of the dead boy is leaving them clues as to what really happened that night. Written by CaptainStigmata

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It's the truth that haunts us


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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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21 October 2005 (Canada)  »

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Bajo el hielo  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At the end of the film, Abel's father, Ernest, recalls how Abel's brother had hugged him the day that he committed suicide. Ernest then remarks that he found it strange because it wasn't Frank's way. This dialogue is taken directly from a scene where Abel is talking to his mother rather than his father. See more »

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After pulling Gus' body from the river, Abel and Joey's boots and pants are perfectly dry. It would've been impossible for them to pull the body from the river without at least getting their boots and pant legs wet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joey Tosh: Get in there!
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Quel Guardo Il Cavaliere
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
From Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Performed by Graziella Pareto (soprano) (HMV DB 567)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Mediocre
29 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's not a bad movie, it's just that it isn't a great one either (hence my summary: mediocre). You might've seen similar stories before (I know I have), so it's not that of a big a deal. It's a crime mystery, but as the viewer is more likely to be ahead of the main character, concerning the plot points or just getting clues, the real crime is that the movie is just moving to slow. It is under 100 minutes, but if feels like over 2 hours!

Ed Burns does his best, but is miles away from his career best (15 minutes), imo! The subplot with his character seems not fully fleshed out and you could've lived without it. So there's not enough here to hate the movie, but also nothing special either!


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