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Out of the Darkness (1985)

"Out of the Darkness" is a gripping thriller telling the true story of the hunt and capture of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "Son of Sam" - the infamous serial killer who stalked New York City in... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Eddie Zigo
Hector Elizondo ... Father George
Matt Clark ... John Hubbard
Jennifer Salt ... Ann Zigo
Eddie Egan ... Tom Duncan
Robert Trebor ... David Berkowitz
Val Avery ... Guido Pressano
Joe Spinell ... Jim Halsey
Victor Arnold ... Nick Zigo
Ann Talman ... Susan Zigo
Vince Grant ... Ed Zigo Jr.
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Dr. Miller
Dick Latessa ... 'Boss' Tom Messenger
Sam McMurray ... Morrison
Paul Jabara Paul Jabara ... Henry


"Out of the Darkness" is a gripping thriller telling the true story of the hunt and capture of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "Son of Sam" - the infamous serial killer who stalked New York City in the 1970s. Written by Jaromir Krol <jaromirk@kr.onet.pl>

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Release Date:

12 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Fuori nel buio See more »

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Centerpoint See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Real-life Detective Ed Zigo, who appears in the film as a negotiator with a megaphone, was on set during filming as a technical adviser. See more »


In the film, Berkowitz is arrested during the winter. But in reality, he was arrested in August 1977. See more »

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Martin Sheen and Hector Elizondo....
2 September 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

more than make up for the story line in this film, supposedly dealing with Son of Sam/David Berkowitz, but also depicting Detective Ed Zigo's private life, and work on the case.

Martin Sheen seems to consistently transcend poorly written material; even in the film "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" also starring Jodi Foster, he is the standout.

This film may not accurately address all the "Son of Sam" crimes, but we are probably due for a remake (now that they are producing a film about Mark David Chapman/John Lennon's assassin).

Robert Trebor is very good as Berkowitz, certainly resembles him physically. Elizondo, as the local priest, has a few lines which are indelible. When they are in the NY aquarium, observing oddities of nature, he reminds Sheen: ..."" that there are people still alive, walking around, who are more dead inside""... A brilliant insight which may have been more developed.

All in all, if you like Sheen or Elizondo, you will appreciate their performances. 8/10.

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