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Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  20 May 2012 (USA)
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Jesse Stone comes out of involuntary retirement after the sheriff who replaced him exploded in their police car. The other officers Jesse worked with have left the department so he is forced to solve the crime on his own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Gallery
Councilman Carter Hanson
Vito Rezza ...
Anthony D'Angelo
John Beale ...
Doc Perkins
Brian Heighton ...


When the man who replaced Jesse as Paradise Police Chief was killed when his car exploded. So Jesse is asked to return and he does. So he goes to the crime scene and there's evidence leads people to believe that the man may have been corrupt. And Jesse who didn't like him because he took his job, says that he is allowed the benefit of the doubt. Jesse finds himself alone because Suitcase and Rose left when the other Chief was there. Jesse suspects that Hasty might know something. And a guy is following Jesse. Written by

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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On the first episode of Magnum PI there is a Navy Ensign Healy (played by W.K. Stratton), which is the same last name of the character played by Stephen McHattie (Captain Healy). See more »


When the Chief's car is engulfed in flames you can see the flames through the front grill and tell there is no engine in the engine compartment. See more »


Jesse Stone: I thought getting my job back would straighten me out.
Hasty Hathaway: How is the drinking thing?
Jesse Stone: I got wasted last night.
Hasty Hathaway: Are you getting help?
Jesse Stone: I'm not about to see a shrink.
Hasty Hathaway: Is there someone you can talk to or confide in?
Jesse Stone: I think you just got elected.
Hasty Hathaway: Oh.
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Follows Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009) See more »


Intermezzo, Op.118, No.2
Written by Johannes Brahms
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In grisly fashion
22 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This latest in the Jesse Stone series contains little suspense as the only new character introduced in the anthology turns out to be the perpetrator or at least one of them. Part of the problem is that you really would have to see the previous film to get into what is going on here.

In that previous film Tom Selleck who steps on a lot of toes in the small ocean town of Paradise, Massachusetts got fired as police chief and the snot nose son-in-law of one of the town councilmembers took his job. Well in this episode the new chief and another officer are killed in a most grisly fashion, a bomb thrown under their police car blows them up. You'd think it was Afghanistan.

In fact Selleck who is brought back as chief thinks it's not terrorism and so does Stephen McHattie from the Massachusetts State Police homicide squad. They think it's local and personal and it turns out it is.

One problem Selleck does have is that he IS the Paradise police because the others quit when he left and the two deceased were the previous force. He could have used a little help, but Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth just aren't ready to return.

These two hour Jesse Stone movies give Tom Selleck a chance to get into his deeply flawed alcoholic character. The enforced idleness in his absence as chief have put a lot of temptation to return to his drinking ways.

Fans of the series and of Selleck should like this film.

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