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Mr. Brooks (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  1 June 2007 (USA)
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A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.


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Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Je suis un serial killer... arrêtez-moi! (I am a serial killer... stop me!) [France] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Face Oculta de Mr. Brooks  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,017,067 (USA) (1 June 2007)


£169,664 (UK) (12 October 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

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Kevin Costner thought the script was one of the most perfect scripts he'd ever read and that there were only three other scripts he'd read that made him feel that way. After hearing this, the writers took a day off to celebrate. See more »


There is a scene where signs for US highways 79 and 80 are prominently shown. Neither highway is anywhere near Portland, Oregon. (Coincidentally, Portland did at one time contain a segment of Interstate 80N, but it is doubtful that the filmmakers planned this to cover the goof; Interstate 80N was in no way related to US highway 80, and it was re-designated as Interstate 84 many years ago). Both US Route 79 and 80 both run through Louisiana, where most of this movie was filmed. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Earl Brooks: [voice-over] Oh God... God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Marshall: [voice-over] Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
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Crazy Credits

A thumbprint forms the backdrop for the end credits. See more »


References Manhunter (1986) See more »


Vicious Traditions
Composed by Finn Andrews
Performed by The Veils
Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
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Welcome Back Mr. Costner! Perfect Thriller!
3 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow! What a great movie, was actually better than I had hoped walking in.

The script is original and smart, with a few dark comic moments added at the right moments. I am SO happy that "everyone" signed on to this movie! Like or hate Dane Cook, but he did a perfect job in this roll imo, as did everyone.

Looks like Hurt has settled into the perfect "type" of characters for his personality. (see him in A History of Violence, and Nightmares & Dreamscapes ep "Battleground") Was good to see Demi Moore back on the big screen, I hope this movie helps producers and directors give her more roles as she deserves and has the ability to do so much more imo And finally Mr. Costner was PERFECT for this role! We can hopefully look forward to a Mr. Brooks 2 :) A fun, interesting film that my wife and I give 2 big thumbs up and recommend to anyone looking for a very satisfying original thriller, done a bit differently, that executes perfectly.

Congrats Cast & Crew on a job well done! Roland

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