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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

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
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"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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuori nel buio See more »

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Production Co:

Centerpoint See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

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tone-perfect docu-drama
5 May 2009 | by jimi99See all my reviews

Most negative comments on docu-dramas usually focus on factual inaccuracies, which is certainly valid. My highest rating for this intense TV movie is based entirely on the dramatic elements, not knowing all the details of the Son of Sam case myself. There seem to be two camps who "own" the story, the Jimmy Breslin group which includes Spike Lee, who based his "Summer of Sam" film on Breslin's book. Ed Zigo is the hero here, and Breslin is dissed early in the "Out of the Darkness" by the Brooklyn cops who are the focus of this tight and emotionally rewarding film.

As portrayed by Martin Sheen, Ed Zigo's professional and family life is richly revealed. Sheen is completely believable (except probably for those who know Ed Zigo personally), and he sets the acting bar at an extremely high level. The fine supporting cast, led by Elizondo as the aquarium-loving priest, are up to the task. The script is as naturalistic and engrossing as any you will find in a TV movie, and the outstanding location shooting add to the pitch-perfect atmosphere.

When you see the real-life hero of the film listed as the technical adviser, you always suspect he or she is going to be shown in a positive if not downright glorified way. I don't need to know Ed Zigo to know that this is a truly great film, made-for-TV or not, with real drama, suspense, fascinating characters, and large emotional rewards.


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