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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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Details

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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Deserves better attention
7 April 2003 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

I saw an edited version on TV and though the story line is nothing to rave about the movie presents good cinema in fits and starts. Why?

The last one minute of the film is somewhat like the final minute of "The Usual Suspects". The difference is here the punch line is a combination of visuals, spoken words, and emotions packaged with a dark tragic twist, while in "The Usual Suspects" the final punch line was a combination of visuals and black comedy that provided the viewer entertainment. It is definitely not the usual Hollywood script.

While most critics seemed to throw brickbats at Friedkin and Eszterhas, a superior supporting performance by Donna Murphy as the investigating policewoman Karen Heller seem to have escaped attention of most viewers. She stood out in a film where performances were not exactly remarkable. Ms Murphy has immense talent and I hope some good director notices her potential.

Director Friedkin delivers what he is good at--car chases (French Connection) and outdoor shots. Nothing more. Screenplay writer Eszterhas, more sinned against than sinning, actually develops an interesting script with a steady stream of visual clues and interesting statements on psychology that unfortunately does not build up sufficient tempo to take off thanks to poor editing, direction, and last but not least uninspired acting by the lead characters. The script looks untidy and disjointed because of the lackluster editing and direction. Eszterhas' script may not be topnotch but definitely was not the reason for the end product--I blame the director for not being able to lift up the film to a higher plane. Friedkin has extracted great performances from Gene Hackman in the past, but in this film save for Donna Murphy he seems to have inspired none else in the cast. The cinematography of Andrzej Bartkowiak always impresses and the murder sequence in the crowded streets with the car was worthy of note of his talent.

The film can provide you enjoyment, if you attentively view the film.


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