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Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. ... See full summary »

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Phillip Borsos

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John Katzenbach (novel), Christopher Crowe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Malcolm Anderson
Mariel Hemingway ... Christine Connelly
Richard Jordan ... Alan Delour
Richard Masur ... Bill Nolan
Richard Bradford ... Phil Wilson
Joe Pantoliano ... Andy Porter
Andy Garcia ... Ray Martinez
Rose Portillo ... Kathy Vasquez
William Smith ... Albert O'Shaughnessy
John Palmer John Palmer ... Himself
Lee Sandman Lee Sandman ... Harold Jacoby
Dan Fitzgerald ... Carl Mason
Cynthia Caquelin Cynthia Caquelin ... Ruth Lowenstein
Fred Ornstein ... Warren Phillips
Fritz Bronner ... Peter Peterson
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Storyline

Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. Before Malcolm can hand in his notice, the murderer from his latest article phones him. The murderer tells Malcolm that he's going to kill again. The phone calls and murders continue, soon Malcolm finds that he's not just reporting the story, he is the story. Written by Rob Hartill

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a time between summer... and murder See more »

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Reportagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Dade County, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,591, 18 February 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,349,446
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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David Foster and Phillip Borsos observed how staff at the Miami Herald worked, and operated, for the production of the picture. Borsos once said of this: "I wanted to know what goes on at 3 p.m., at 5 p.m. There's a wonderful flow of traffic at different times of the day. Gradually, the room fills up. Later, there's a ferocious attack at the computer terminals. A lot of newspaper movies have ten people in the background, or fifty, but there's always the same level of action. If the script said 3:10 p.m., and the first edition was an hour off the streets, I wanted to know what would be happening". See more »

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Anderson misspells "apparent" as "apparrent" on his word processor, and leaves it uncorrected. This may only be a character error, but it's odd considering he's a potential Pulitzer-winning journalist. See more »

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nice hard-boiled serial killer film
3 April 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Malcolm Anderson (Kurt Russell) is a burned-out newspaper reporter for the Miami Journal looking to quit. His boss Bill Nolan (Richard Masur) has him cover the murder of a young woman. Andy Porter (Joe Pantoliano) is his friend and fellow reporter. Ray Martinez (Andy Garcia) is the friendly cop investigating the case but his partner Phil Wilson (Richard Bradford) distrusts him. His grade school teacher girlfriend Christine Connelly (Mariel Hemingway) is planning to move back home to Colorado. Then Malcolm gets a call from the killer claiming to want to help him. He claims that there will be 3 female and 2 male victims. Malcolm becomes part of the story as his relationship falls apart. Then he is contacted by Mike Hilson (Richard Jordan) with information.

It's a nice performance from Kurt Russell. This is a simple serial killer movie. There isn't any great style but has a good sense of impending doom. That probably has more to do with Richard Jordan's voice. The stormy weather motif also adds to the dark tones. It builds to a good storm-filled climax. There isn't much of a plot or an investigation. I do like the hard-boiled sensibilities a lot even if the movie is filled with those clichés. There are a couple of twists that is a bit too obvious. Overall, Russell is good, the plot is unremarkable and the brooding tone is compelling.


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