A former cop who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job.

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Eddie Lorenzo
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Det. Jim Vargas
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Cherie
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Miguel
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Edrick Browne ...
Det. Darrin Harris
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Vic
Rosalind Rubin ...
Crying Woman
Mike Guy ...
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Richard Folmer ...
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James Barnes ...
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Linda Leonard ...
Francine Mason
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A former cop who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job.

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With some crimes nobody gets out clean. See more »


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Rated R for bloody images, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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18 January 2008 (Finland)  »

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Čistač  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Renny Harlin: [Finland] Finnish coat of arms and flag is seen on the mirror behind Tom when he's having conversation with Eddie in the hotel room. See more »

Goofs

At the end, Ed Harris is pointing his gun at Samuel Jackson with the trigger in the rearward position, something that only happens when the double action/single action Beretta is cocked. The trigger should be at rest, in the forward position. When agitated, Ed cocks the hammer and we see that the trigger is still in the rearward position. Only at cocking should the trigger have gone from forward position to rear position. See more »

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[last lines]
Eddie Lorenzo: Who's gonna clean you up Tom?
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References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) See more »

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Thank God I Got the Blues
Performed by Big James
Written by James Montgomery, Andrew Garver
Published by Jomot Music Label (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Jomot Music
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Strong Cast, Unsurprising Plot
13 September 2007 | by (Riverview, MI) – See all my reviews

A few years ago there was an incredible segment on NPR's "This American Life" about a cleaner of crime scenes. Shortly thereafter, Pruitt Taylor Vince played a character that felt indebted to this NPR piece on "C.S.I." ("Swap Meet"). The bringing together of science and death was perfect for the CBS show. I wasn't so sure if such a character could survive a Renny Harlin film.

Pity poor Renny Harlin. It still feels that he's trying to recover from CUTTHROAT ISLAND (1995). His last few films have been lucky to even snag a U.S. theatrical release (MINDHUNTERS wasn't one of these), much less a festival screening. So, that must mean that Harlin is back on top, right? Yes and no.

That CLEANER is playing a film festival is a vote of confidence in the Finnish filmmaker. Yet, CLEANER is a strange choice for a festival program. It's very much a straight-forward thriller along the lines of KISS THE GIRLS or U.S. MARSHALLS. The presence of Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, and Luis Guzman certainly does well to give the film some credibility and solid performances (though Eva Mendes feels completely out of her league). The script by Matthew Aldrich is a solid, albeit fairly predictable, effort and Harlin does a capable workman's job bringing it to life. I won't object to seeing this one again on cable.


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