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18 November 2012 (Belgium) See more »
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Attention is power
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A retired FBI profiler is called in on a last case - only to find himself at the mercy of a teenage killer's deadly game. He must use all his skills and experience to save lives, including his own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Joey Pollari ... David Jenks

Gabriele Angieri ... Saul Aitkin

Emily Fradenburgh ... Rachel Cade
John Kunik ... Bob Fassernacht

Dustin Booth ... Mike Bianchi

Ken Melchior ... Rick Horvath

Chandra Michaels ... Marianne Aitken
Sophia Elise Brister ... Kelly Aitken (as Sophia Brister)
Matt Casey ... Josh Aitken
Chris Carlson ... Mr. Jenks

Kirsten Gregerson ... Mrs. Jenks
Robert Larsen ... Coroner

Alan Johnson ... Robbery Detective
Rusty Gatenby ... Boat Owner
Laurel Sandberg Armstrong ... Boat Owner's Wife (as Laurel Armstrong)
Constance Anderson ... Task Force Detective

Punnavith Koy ... Gas Technician
Jason Bryant ... Bank Representative

Catherine Hansen ... Hooker
Aaron Preusse ... Insurance Salesman
Diane Visser ... Widow
Soumya Nar ... Maid
Will Kaeding ... Boy in Snow #1
Blade Yocum ... Boy in Snow #2

Tony D. Czech ... Depot Manager (as Tony Czech)
Tammy Hollingsworth ... Hotel Waitress

Alec George ... Teenager
Jean Dalsin ... Waitress
Daniel Cummings ... Helicopter Pilot
Bethany Sias ... Deputy at Sheriff's Office
Bob Brister ... Teenager's Father
Cruz Acevedo ... Midwest Express Driver
Jim Morgan ... Radio News Reporter
Megan Holley ... School Girl
Ben Coler ... FBI Agent #1
Christopher Powers ... FBI Agent #2
Brent Latchaw ... FBI Agent #3
Angie Chalmers ... Medical Examiner
Dennis Mattai ... Radio Voice Over (voice)
Greg Reid ... Arresting Officer
Benjamin Henrich ... Police Officer #1 / Police Radio (voice)
Joseph Klimmek ... Police Officer #2 / Police Radio (voice)
Anish Das ... Police Officer #3 (voice)
Louella Francisco ... Police Officer #4
Vanessa Francisco ... Police Officer #5 / Body Double Boy #1 (voice)
Lynn Houck ... Grandma Aitken
Rick Thiele ... Grandpa Aitken

Anne Westcott ... Hooker ADR (voice)

Ron Elwell ... Bridge Worker
Jeff Polis ... Traffic Camera Operator
Owen Brafford ... Bar Patron
Jerry Washington ... Serial Killer Victim #1

Hannah Elder ... Serial Killer Victim #2
Robert Marcus ... Older Detective
Melissa Kerr ... Crime Scene Tech #1
Carmen Thompson ... Crime Scene Tech #2

Shawn Boyd ... Crime Scene Tech #3

Annie Einan ... Crime Scene Tech #4
Douglas King ... Homeless Man
Steve Mosey ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Dan Anderson ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Aaron Morrison ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Cory Taylor ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Brian Thok ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Troy Carlson ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
John Staufenberg ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Peter Rud ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Dewitt Meier ... Minneapolis SWAT Team
Tim Robbino ... Carver County SWAT Team
George Pufahl ... Carver County SWAT Team
Mike Wollin ... Carver County SWAT Team
Eric Kittelson ... Carver County SWAT Team
Jason Breunig ... Carver County SWAT Team
Michael Feld ... Carver County SWAT Team
Steve Glaser ... Carver County SWAT Team
Dan Strickland ... Carver County SWAT Team
Erick Boder ... Carver County SWAT Team
Aaron Pikala
Xander Krohnfeldt (as Alexander Krohnfeldt)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wayne Archer
Joe E. Arnold III
Matt Bappe ... Deputy at Sheriff's Office
Donna Marie Beard (as Donna M. Beard)

Ernest Briggs IV (as Ernest Briggs)
Dan Carroll
Bob Cummings
Dan Delano
Dean Deuwalter

John Edel
Edane Engelsby (as Edane Engelby)

Matthew Feeney ... Park Ranger
Pamela Friedman
Ryan J. Gilmer ... Deputy Howard (as Ryan Gilmer)
Joel Klucas
Eva Krohnfeldt (as Evangeline Krohnfeldt)
Gus Krohnfeldt (as Augustin Krohnfeldt)
Julie Krohnfeldt
Lisie Krohnfeldt (as Elisabeth Krohnfeldt)
Kassandra Langum
Wendy Lee
Paul Lipinski
Bruce Miller
Eric Jon Pierson ... Midwest Express Employee
Lyndon Roschen
Pet Sasso ... F.B.I. Agent
Wallace Smith
Vilas Stolpman
Asmeret Tesfagiorgis ... Crime scene tech
Joel Thingvall ... Townie
Tom Thul

Jim Westcott ... Deputy at Sheriff's Office

Tara Yost ... Deputy at Sheriff's Office
David Zanmiller
Christine Norris ... Deputy in Sheriff's Office (uncredited)

Directed by
Caspian Tredwell-Owen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Caspian Tredwell-Owen  writer

Produced by
Robert Baldacci .... co-producer
Joseph Gutowski .... co-producer
Jasmine Reid .... producer
Bethany Sias .... associate producer
Bethany Sias .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Gutheinz 
 
Cinematography by
Joe Picciolo 
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Gutowski 
 
Casting by
Stephanie Allensworth 
Matthew Feeney 
Brita Jackson 
Amy Oppegaard 
Lucia Stuessi 
 
Production Design by
Jean Dalsin 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Nissen 
 
Costume Design by
Tammy Hollingsworth 
Melissa Martin 
 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... special makeup effects artist
Kristen Carlson .... makeup assistant
Nate Courteau .... additional special makeup effects
Aimee Grosso .... makeup assistant
Christian Hanson .... additional special makeup effects
Jansel Hutton .... additional special makeup effects
Melissa Martin .... key hair artist
Melissa Martin .... key makeup artist
Sara Middlestadt .... makeup assistant
Aaron Pikala .... additional special makeup effects
Miki Sautbine .... makeup assistant (as Michaela Sautbine)
Amy Stutzriem .... makeup assistant
Laura Ellingsworth Westrem .... additional hair stylist
Laura Ellingsworth Westrem .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Daniel Cummings .... unit production manager
Vanessa Francisco .... production manager: second unit
Kirsten Gregerson .... production supervisor: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robin Bertuccelli .... first assistant director
Tim Conaway .... second second assistant director
Scott Ferril .... second assistant director: second unit
Dav Kaufman .... first assistant director: second unit
Christopher Powers .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Baldacci .... additional graphics
Robert Baldacci .... art consultant
Owen Brafford .... gang boss
Rachel Brickel .... additional graphics
Kristina Harris .... set dresser
Ben Herreid .... additional graphics
Ben Herreid .... art department assistant
Silas Kindy .... art department supervisor
Bob Larsin .... set construction
Michael Nissen .... graphic designer
Simon Stutts .... additional graphics
Mattie Vandersteen .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Jason Abell .... adr recordist
Jason Abell .... dialogue editor
Jason Abell .... foley artist
Jason Abell .... sound re-recording mixer
Owen Brafford .... boom operator
Matthew Freed .... sound mixer
Aaron L. Hern .... dialogue editor
Joe Hines .... boom operator
Joe Johnson .... additional sound mixer
K.C. Ladnier .... additional adr recordist
Harrison Meyle .... dialogue editor
Harrison Meyle .... sound re-recording mixer
Harrison Meyle .... supervising sound editor
Jim Morgan .... additional sound mixer
Jim Morgan .... adr recordist
Ted Morgan .... adr recordist
Boom Operator .... boom operator
Kelly Pieklo .... additional adr recordist
Jeffrey A. Pitts .... sound designer
Monique Reymond .... foley artist
Alek Roslik .... boom operator
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
Patrick R. Schaefer .... additional sound mixer
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Steven Hintz .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Vaughn Bien III .... visual effects artist
Vaughn Bien III .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Latvys .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Aaron Preusse .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathan Armstrong .... first assistant camera
Robert Baldacci .... additional still photographer
Charles Braud .... additional still photographer
Tim Conaway .... electric
Tim Conaway .... grip
Andre Durand .... best boy grip
Andre Durand .... photographer: additional b-roll
Catie Engelby .... additional still photographer
Nick Foster .... electric
Nick Foster .... grip
Dmitry Futoryan .... still photographer
Mike Gulenchyn .... best boy electric
Chris Hadland .... additional still photographer
Chris Hadland .... electric
Chris Hadland .... grip
Chris Hadland .... photographer: additional b-roll
Nicholas Hansen .... electric
Nicholas Hansen .... grip
Steven Hintz .... additional still photographer
Ben Hippely .... electric
Ben Hippely .... grip
Silas Kindy .... grip
Eoin McGuigan .... second assistant camera
Andrew Melby .... first assistant camera
Zachary Nichols .... second assistant camera
Christopher Powers .... additional still photographer
Ryan Thompson .... additional still photographer
Ryan Thompson .... key grip
Ryan Thompson .... photographer: additional b-roll
Jeff Villars .... gaffer
Jeremy Wanek .... director of photography: "b" camera
Joseph Young .... electric
Joseph Young .... grip
 
Casting Department
Nicki Andert .... additional casting
Melissa Bardot .... casting assistant (as Melissa Durand)
Lee H. Jordan .... casting assistant
Kassandra Langum .... additional casting
Dan Larson .... extras casting assistant
Laurel Sandberg-Armstrong .... casting assistant
Trista Peloquin Zemlicka .... casting assistant
Mark Campbell .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Mark Campbell .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Grace .... wardrobe assistant
Kirsten Gregerson .... wardrobe assistant
Lisa Siskind .... wardrobe assistant
Amy Stutzriem .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Balis .... colorist
Andrew Balis .... on-line editor
Vaughn Bien III .... first assistant editor
Julie Carr .... additional editor
Anthony Fritz .... post-production technical assistant
Tom Latvys .... first assistant editor
Jon Mendenhall .... temp mix colorist (as Jonathan Mendenhall)
Haley Reid .... post-production assistant
Kyle Reid .... post-production assistant
Matthew Reid .... post-production assistant
Daniel Schmidt .... additional editor
Neil W. Smith .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Amy Collins .... driver: second unit
Punnavith Koy .... driver: second unit
 
Other crew
Cruz Acevedo .... caterer
Nick Armbruster .... production assistant
Robert Baldacci .... behind the scenes video
Dale Barta .... production assistant
J. Michael Baza .... medical advisor
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Charles Braud .... assistant production coordinator
Bob Brister .... supervising location manager
Christina Carrera .... production coordinator
Jason Chorba .... key set production assistant
Phillip T. Christiansen .... production assistant
Mark Coleman .... production assistant
Tim Conaway .... assistant location manager
Wade Cordts .... production assistant
Keith Cremin .... production assistant
Bridget Cronin .... publicist
Anish Das .... caterer
Dan Delano .... production assistant
Scott Ferril .... data management
Ilse Ferris .... production assistant
Geoff Forbes .... script supervisor
Elizabeth Franek .... production assistant
Stephanie Glover .... craft service
Eric Gooden .... production assistant
Chris Hadland .... production assistant
Catherine Hansen .... production assistant
Nick Hansen .... production assistant
Samantha Hanus .... production assistant
Garron Haubner .... production assistant
Rahn Haugen .... production assistant
Kyle Heidenreich .... production assistant
Benjamin Henrich .... police technical advisor
Joseph Daniel Hines .... production assistant
Eric Hodson .... production assistant
Eric Hodson .... set medic
Anna Klemmensen .... location manager
Punnavith Koy .... production assistant
Corey Lawson .... production assistant
Erik Michael Lundin .... production assistant
Monica Lyon .... production secretary
Ken Melchior .... production consultant
Ryan Melling .... production assistant
Chandra Michaels .... production consultant
Nial Nelson-Hopkins .... production assistant
Jim Ong .... assistant location manager
Anthony Oslund .... production assistant
Zachary Petrich .... production assistant
Christopher Powers .... assistant location manager
Alek Roslik .... production assistant
Todd Sandler .... production assistant
Sammy Sarzoza .... production assistant
Jared Sather .... production assistant
Kevin Semlak .... production assistant
Christopher Solomon .... production assistant
Ryan Stridde .... production assistant
Tom Sveen .... production assistant
Suzy Vaughan .... legal clearances
Tenzin Yingchuk .... production assistant
Joseph Young .... production assistant
 

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Runtime:
108 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: At the very remote place where David keeps and kills his victims there is no mobile signal. He keeps pointing that out. At the end, FBI-agent is able to keep talking on her mobile while on the premises.See more »
Quotes:
David:So many other paths I could have taken - why this one?See more »
Soundtrack:
The River Will Take You, TooSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Ambitious and chilling indie thriller, 24 September 2013
Author: The_After_Movie_Diner from United States

Profile of a Killer is the ambitious directorial debut by British born screenwriter Caspian Tredwell-Owen, he also penned the script. The film is a serious look at the mind of a teenage serial killer, his captured profiler and the people tracking him. While it still has some of the welcomed clichés of the serial killer and police procedural drama genres, it also does its best to dispense of them and try something different. The main one being that we, the audience, discover the identity of the killer fairly early on and from that moment the film jumps between FBI agent Rachel Cade (Emily Fradenburgh) trying to track him down and the killer, David (Joey Pollari) instigating a battle of wits with his kidnapped profiler (Gabriele Angieri).

It was apparently intended as a studio project but when financing fell through Tredwell-Owen relocated to Minnesota, got a fantastic, local cast together and a fairly extensive crew, for an indie production, and they all took the project on themselves. The gamble appears to have paid off as a solid script, some excellent performances, beautifully real cinematography and strong production values has propelled this taught drama onto the big screen across America and onto DVD using a word of mouth, grass roots campaign that continues today with humble blogs like mine receiving screeners and doing reviews.

I am happy to report that this film was well worth the watch. I was impressed by its visual flair. The snowy farm land and freeways of Minnesota, while, of course, conjuring up some favourable comparisons to the Coen Brother's Fargo, also remained feeling very fresh, different and unique to this film. The set dressing and art direction of the farm house, where the majority of the action takes place, is pleasingly run down and filled with texture. It's also lit and shot in an evocative and vibrant way, creating depth and shadow, as well as a sense of unease. You can feel the bone chilling cold and the rough harsh surfaces of this unforgiving building.

The performances prove, once and for all, that you don't need a big name star to present compelling characters on screen. For one half, the film is a riveting two hander between Joey Pollari's David and Gabriele Angieri's Saul. Both actors enthrall with their range and ability and even when, in the long second act, the dialogue gets quite complex and wordy, throwing the pacing off somewhat, their acting never wavers for a second and is always impressive to watch. The other half of the film is focused on the FBI and local police's attempts to track them both down, lead by Emily Fradenburgh's dedicated and dead pan agent Cade. She is the determined centre of this story and it can be a thankless task because while Fradenburgh's performance is pleasingly assured, serious and earnest, she can, sometimes, lack an emotional core. There are a couple of scenes in the film, a throwaway plot strand about her father and the death of someone close, that maybe could've used some beefing up, so that she could show the wearing affect of her steadfast dedication to the job but those are small complaints overall. The cast of characters she is surrounded by or interviews are also resoundingly great and you're never thrown from the film because of some unfortunate dialogue delivery that can, sadly, derail even the most well intentioned low budget film.

The writing is strong and the dialogue authentic. The procedural elements of the police work felt real and without the usual over-the-top flashes that TV so often employs. The same can be said for the back and forth dialogue in the farm house. The questions, the actions and the reactions were different from what you'd expect as, usually, they would be ramped up and accompanied by an overly dramatic score but here they play out naturally. This makes these scenes disconcerting as you can't second guess what will happen next, which adds to the tension. The script is definitely clever and never overly stylised.

The film makes excellent use of the budget and it feels like every penny is on screen in the right place. There are authentic police cars, a helicopter, a delivery van and a variety of locations. There are also some nice, gruesome effects and while it's not exactly excessively gory or exploitative, the deaths are uniquely twisted and macabre.

I have to admit that the overly serious tone, pacing and length of the film are not usually my cup of tea. I also found some of the dialogue and drama during the mid section of the film to be a little confusing as I'm not sure I bought strongly into the mental cat and mouse as much as I would've liked. The ending was good though and the ultimate irony well thought out and haunting. This is definitely a film to track down on-demand or for rent as it really has a lot to offer and projects like this need to be supported.

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