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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.

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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 women have secret fantasies. Some women have secret lives. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Jeido  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,284,246, 13 October 1995

Gross USA:

$9,795,017
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Kevin Tighe who appears as district attorney Arnold "Cliff" Clifford in Jade was also in another 48 hrs when he played an internal affairs officer working with the DA looking at Nick Nolte's character Jack Cates on a manslaughter charge which turns out to be a frame up. Both movies were composed by James Horner and set in San Francisco. See more »

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The footage that is recovered from the partially-burned Hi8 tape in the fire shows dust, dirt, and speckles upon playback. This kind of damage would only occur with a reel of film; a videotape would never exhibit film damage. See more »

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[last lines]
Matt Gavin: Trina, the next time we make love, you introduce me to Jade.
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Performed by Wallace Roney
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Stylish thriller, better than expected
16 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Jade got a bad rap when it showed in theaters and still appears to be getting one now from the comments here, so I didn't expect much when I caught it on cable. It never hurts to have low expectations, but I was quite pleasantly surprised and have watched it a few more times since then.

No, the plot isn't especially tight nor the story original, and it can be hard to follow at some points, but it's still an exciting, kinky, disturbing ride nonetheless.

I think the main reason I enjoyed it was the actors involved - Caruso and Palminteri were both very skilled (and surprisingly sexy - I hadn't found either to be that way in any roles I had seen them in previously, including NYPD Blue). And most of all Fiorentino smokes up the screen whenever she's on it. Sensual, damaged, brilliant. She's amazing when given a good script like the Last Seduction, but even with a flawed effort such as Jade, she still sets the house on fire.

The cinematography and art direction were the other thing that made this film. I loved the lavish sets and especially the eerie lighting during the final scene.

And as far as the comparisons to Basic Instinct, I see it as being about equal, suffering from the opposite problems as Jade; while the story was far more interesting the acting was pendantic at best. But maybe that's just my personal bias; I find Michael Douglas pompous and annoying and Sharon Stone shallow and vain.


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