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Some crimes find their criminals
Passions run high when hope for a economically strapped town seems blocked by the investigation of a murdered kid, son of a county commissioner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nick Stahl ... Noah Cordin

Rachel Nichols ... Leslie Spencer

Kellan Lutz ... Eddie Arlinger

Jonathan Tucker ... Shane Loakin

Grace Gummer ... Nat Collins

James McCaffrey ... Billy Burns

Laura Benanti ... Allison Connor

Norman Reedus ... Dennis Burrows

Michael Cerveris ... Terrence Lindy

Michael Sirow ... Daniel Hartfield

Rebecca Henderson ... Lyla Burrows

Kerry Bishé ... Emily Cordin

Charlie Tahan ... Keith Burrows

J.D. Rosen ... Carl Everson

Max Antisell ... Zack Cordin

Kathy Searle ... Jane Hartfield

David Aaron Baker ... DA Russ Winston
Johnny Hopkins ... Chris Ainslie
Michael Goodin ... Meth Head 1
Jonathan Whitcup ... Commissioner Jerry Collum
Greg Sealy ... Sheriff Tom Bowen
Eric Martin ... Ronald Harlin
Shawn Rice ... Officer 1
Terry McGee ... Commissioner 1
Bridget Bujke ... Woman 1
Jen Gatien ... Anchor Woman

Rachel Heller ... Field Reporter
Douglas Mayer ... Officer 2
Jenny Parsinen ... Bar Local
Kyle Stein ... Kid at Fair 1
Dylan Stein ... Kid at Fair 2
Erin Brooke Stein ... Kid at Fair 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cabrina Collesides ... Girl at fair (uncredited)

Anne Clare Gibbons-Brown ... Town Meeting Protester (uncredited)
Jason Herman ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Kirk LaSalle ... Park Ranger (uncredited)
Terry McKenna ... Bar Local (uncredited)
Barbara Sebring-Forman ... Woman in bar (uncredited)

Wesley Tunison ... Caswell Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by
Josh Sternfeld 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Josh Sternfeld 

Produced by
Sig De Miguel .... executive producer
Jen Gatien .... producer
Michael Goodin .... producer
Jay Kubassek .... producer
Shawn Rice .... producer
Ron Stein .... producer
Kamen Velkovsky .... line producer
Stephen Vincent .... executive producer
David D. Wasserman .... co-producer
Original Music by
Lee Curreri 
Steve Weisberg 
Cinematography by
Daniel D. Sariano 
Film Editing by
Phyllis Housen 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Stephen Vincent 
Production Design by
Jack Ryan 
Art Direction by
Lisa Myers 
Set Decoration by
Shawn Annabel 
Costume Design by
Amy Lynn Zwart  (as Amy Kramer)
Makeup Department
Cynthia O'Rourke .... additional makeup artist
Crystal Soveroski .... additional makeup artist
Crystal Soveroski .... makeup artist
Chansopheak Tong .... key hair stylist
Stephanie Wise .... makeup department head
Production Management
Jerome Thelia .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Lugo .... second second assistant director
Shawn Rice .... first assistant director
Jeff Smith .... third assistant director
Melinda Ziyadat .... second assistant director
Art Department
Phil Dorling .... property master
Richie Mantey .... art production assistant
Sound Department
Michael Barrett .... re-recording mixer
Sean Corrigan .... boom operator
Matt Perry Thomas .... sound mixer
Michael Goodin .... stunt driver
John Schuman .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chad Battinelli .... key grip
Henry Chen .... technician: Red camera
Joe Cicchesi .... second assistant camera
Matthew Cryan .... best boy grip
Corey Eisenstein .... lighting technician
Christopher Hamilton .... best boy electric
Brian Harnick .... gaffer
Marcos Herrera .... additional first assistant camera
Hunter Herrick .... grip
John Hudak Jr. .... electrician
Olivia Kuan .... additional electric
Steve Marinconz .... additional electric
Bert Montanari .... swing grip
Aileen Taylor .... first assistant camera (as Aileen Goodin)
Brian Yost .... grip
Greta Zozula .... additional best boy grip
Animation Department
Adam Deniston .... titles and credits animator
Casting Department
Mackenzie Luzzi .... extras casting
John Ort .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megan Sanders .... wardrobe supervisor
Heather Wildenberger .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
Jerome Thelia .... colorist
Yoav Yerushalmi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rachel Fox .... music clearances
Hal Willner .... musical director
Other crew
Adam Asher .... production assistant
Allen Austin .... location manager
Andrea Boglioli .... production assistant
Brennan Brooks .... production assistant
Jake Cartledge .... production assistant
Joe Castle .... production assistant
Amy Crowdis .... production coordinator
Rainer Ferrel .... production assistant
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (as Mariah Breitel)
Haywood Irvis .... production assistant
Ben Kaiser .... production assistant (as Benjamin Kaiser)
Jared Kasanofsky .... production assistant
Ben Katz .... production assistant
Cristina Larosa .... production intern
Will Mahr .... production assistant
Tom Maloney .... key production assistant
Douglas Mayer .... assistant armorer
Daniel McInerney .... production assistant
Tansy Michaud .... production intern
Andrea Nero .... craft service
Tom O'Hare .... production assistant
Martin Reeder Mayo .... production assistant
Michael Regan .... location assistant
Stacy Rowe .... script supervisor
John Schuman .... senior armorer
Innes Smolansky .... legal services
Sarah Sullivan .... production intern
Lisa Thomas .... production assistant
Kayla Ward .... production intern
Alex Warjabedian .... production assistant
Andrea Chung .... very special thanks
Tyler Kwon .... very special thanks
Peter Schober .... very special thanks

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Rated R for language, some violence and a scene of sexuality
98 min
Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | USA:R (certificate #46478)
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Errors in geography: Meskada County is supposedly a fictitious county in a Midwestern U.S. state (probably bordering Ohio), yet an apology letter addressed to the fictitious city of Hilliard incorrectly cites a Canadian province abbreviation (MB for Manitoba) with the fictitious U.S. postal code 21243. Even if the movie were theoretically set in Manitoba, the postal code format is wrong for a Canadian province--U.S. ZIP codes are generally 5 digits (like the 21243 example), whereas Canadian postal codes are 6 alphanumeric characters (example: one of Winnipeg, MB's postal codes is R2C 1G6).See more »
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References "Let's Make a Deal" (1963)See more »


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Nick Stahl runs into rural small town opposition as he investigates a felony-murder, 17 October 2012
Author: msroz from United States

This is a fine, well-written and well-done neo-noir story, much underrated by IMDb (at 5.2). Nick Stahl, whom I've just seen in "Bully", does another effective and understated performance as a small town policeman. The setting is somewhere in Appalachia. This is a rural neo-noir, sort of in the setting of "Winter's Bone", but this one focuses more on the small town dynamics and behavior of the people in it, as opposed to rural isolation. This shows a dark side to the people as well as their good and struggling side. This is not at all a romanticized Hollywood version.

The story opens with a burglary committed by two young men in an isolated house in Hilliard, where Stahl is the town cop. He's assisted in his investigation by a county cop, Rachel Nichols. Stahl is a family man. His relationship with Rachel is strictly professional. The trail leads to Stahl's home town of Caswell, but he hasn't been there in a while. The burglary turned into a robbery and then an accidental felony/murder when a young boy unexpectedly came up from the basement. His mom was away. A certain amount of police procedure is followed in order to find a trail back to Caswell and that comprises the first part of the film, shown in an understated effective way. But the tension builds throughout that portion.

The story shifts back and forth between the Stahl/Nichols team and the Caswell people, including the two thieves who have their differences but have known each other a long time. The characters and their conflicts follow naturally as Stahl appears in Caswell and begins interrogating workers from Caswell who have been doing odd jobs in the Hilliard area. We learn more about the conditions and needs of the thieves, and why they wanted the money. Matters almost appear to be at a dead end until some of the loot appears at a pawn shop.

Meanwhile the homicide angle gets enmeshed with two other dynamics. One is that the mother of the victim is putting pressure on Stahl and the other source of pressure is that the town's people are trying to land a company to take over an unused factory, and this will provide 400 jobs. The homicide is making the town look bad. Some of those close to the killer suspect who has done this, although they really do not know, and this gives rise to conflicts both with the suspected thieves and with Stahl.

How people behave under these pressures and conflicts is the heart of the story, and they do not behave like pure saints or pure sinners, but as flawed individuals with divided loyalties, subject to emotion, jumping to conclusions, and not quite knowing what to do in difficult circumstances.

Stahl in the end has to accept the limits of what he can accomplish in the face of the events that transpire beyond his control and, in the case of the mother of the victim, he even has to make a compromise with his integrity. These failures of the protagonist, despite his best efforts, are what also help elevate the story. They too make it a solid neo-noir, without any of the clichés or other themes that can be found in many other neo-noirs.

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