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Mr. Brooks (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  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

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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  »

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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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Did You Know?


Earl Brooks was written with Kevin Costner in mind to play him. 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 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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Referenced in My Pure Joy (2011) See more »


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Composed by Dan Brown, Joanna Swan, Nicholas Pullin
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User Reviews

There's something about Mr. Brooks all right....
20 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was not what I expected, but in a good way. I saw that Kevin Costner was in it, and figured it would be a light-hearted drama. Then I read that it was suspense, and figured he was a good-guy spy or something. Not so.

I don't want to spoil exactly what Mr. Brooks is (even though it's revealed in the early part of the movie), but let's just say he's not a good guy. He is cold, brilliant, methodical, and heartless. Definitely not the traits we normally expect from Kevin Costner. And yet, it's fascinating to watch. I found myself rooting for him, and then had to kick myself because his character is so despicable. Top notch acting from him.

Dane Cook seems an odd casting choice for a suspense thriller, and yet he is believable in his role as a cowardly average joe trying to get the better of Mr. Brooks.

This movie is surprisingly graphic and brutal in some scenes. Yet it is so engrossing that you will be hooked on every twist and turn (and there are some good ones).

Not for the faint of heart, not your normal Costner flick, but a very good movie.

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