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Jade (1995)

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A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... David Corelli
Linda Fiorentino ... Trina Gavin
Chazz Palminteri ... Matt Gavin
Richard Crenna ... Governor Edwards
Michael Biehn ... Bob Hargrove
Donna Murphy ... Karen Heller
Ken King ... Petey Vasko
Holt McCallany ... Bill Barrett
David Hunt ... Pat Callendar
Angie Everhart ... Patrice Jacinto
Kevin Tighe ... D.A. Arnold Clifford
Robin Thomas ... Mr. Green
Jay Jacobus Jay Jacobus ... Justin Henderson
Victoria Smith Victoria Smith ... Sandy
Drew Snyder ... Executive
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Storyline

Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the lawman emerges as a prime suspect and he has to deal with his personal feelings as well as the case. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Some fantasies go too far. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly afterviews of murder victims, violence, language and strong scenes of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeido See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,284,246, 13 October 1995

Gross USA:

$9,795,017
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Andie MacDowell, Nicole Kidman, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Emma Thompson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Sean young, Kim basinger, Karen Allen, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Demi Moore, Madeleine Stowe, salma hayek, Valeria golino, ashley judd and Elisabeth Shue were considered for the role of Katrina Gavin. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the NO BRAKES scene at the top of the hill the main character's mustang has come to a stop and is shown leaking brake fluid. There is a shot of him looking down perplexed, only he is pushing the gas pedal instead of the brake. Apparently this shot was mistakenly inserted to Be a sign that the brakes were going bad. In context it seems to do the trick. However,closer examination shows it is the wrong pedal and should have resulted in the car accelerating, not sitting still, as is shown in the very next shot. Later, when the brakes are gone, he is using using the correct pedal. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Matt Gavin: Trina, the next time we make love, you introduce me to Jade.
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Alternate Versions

The European version apparently contains more explicit sex than the R-rated US versions both in the scenes featuring the videocassette that the police finds in the victim's bedroom and in the scene showing Jade and an unknown lover towards the end. These more explicit sex scenes in the European version are included in the director's cut in the U.S. These scenes were cut to avoid an "NC-17" rating. See more »

Connections

References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mystic's Dream
Written, Performed and Produced by Loreena McKennitt
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products and Quinlan Road Limited
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Underrated, but still not one of Friedkin's best...
22 November 2004 | by carnivalofsoulsSee all my reviews

To say Friedkin's career has had its ups and downs is an understatement, his eighties filmography inarguably has enough bombs to sink a oil tanker. Yet eschewing their performances at the box office, many of his films yearn to be rediscovered, from "Cruising" to "Deal of the Century" to "Rampage". Let's not kid ourselves, "Jade" is not a great film, and this is the fault of one man and one man alone - Joe Esterhas. If trash had a messiah, it would be him. For a fleeting moment in the nineties, Esterhas was paid by the bucketload to write formulaic movies for guys, and the erotic thriller has him to thank for its continuing lugubrious existence. "Jade" is interesting however, it is an erotic thriller without the erotic part. While Paul Verhoeven filled "Basic Instinct" chock full of the sleaze he had become renowned for, Friedkin's films are notable for primarily dealing with male characters, and are subsequently about as erotic as as a bowl of cereal. "Jade" is not about sex; it is about sexual jealousy. The talent of Linda Fiorentino cannot be underestimated here, giving depth to a part that amounts to no more than a typical male fantasy - part good girl, part whore - that's right, it's "Crimes of Passion" without Anthony Perkins and his bag of dildos. The leads are well cast and all give adequate performances, and Friedkin throws in all his usual directorial touches (subliminal images and, you guessed it, yet another bloody car chase). "Jade" is an enjoyable film, with delightfully silly twists and over-the-top violence (come on, you know you want to see Angie Everhart get run over again), and is given some class from it's cast and director, but, in the end, proves itself to be a guilty pleasure that makes one feel more guilt than pleasure.


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