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An Occasional Hell (1996)

A former policeman-turned college professor of forensics, is asked by a widow to solve the murder of her unfaithful husband and the disappearance of his mistress who may have been linked to some drug dealers.


Salomé Breziner


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Dr. Ernest Dewalt
Valeria Golino ... Elizabeth Laughton
Kari Wuhrer ... Jeri Gillen
Robert Davi ... Trooper Larry Abbott
Richard Edson ... Rodney Gillen
Stephen Lang ... Alex Laughton
Danny Comden ... Craig Fox
Ellen Greene ... Della
Geoffrey Lewis ... Draper Jewett
Trenton McDevitt Trenton McDevitt ... Male Student (as Trent McDevitt)
Sherril M. Turner Sherril M. Turner ... Chadwick
Bo Brinkman ... Trooper Brown
Cameron Glaesner Cameron Glaesner ... Chris
Selden Smith ... Aleta Jewett
Don Tilley Don Tilley ... Clifford Jewett


When a married man is found murdered, and his girlfriend is missing, the police suspect the wife of the murdered man. The wife turns to a professor at college who is a medically disabled ex-cop to help clear her. Not wanting the job at first, he eventually does begin to investigate the crime while fighting the demons and the pain of his own life. The clues are scarce, but one clue is that the man was murdered with an unusual weapon - a musket. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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An unexplained death. An agonizing secret. An irresistible desire. See more »

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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Cast contains the entire band Jump Little Children, in their only onscreen credits. See more »


Dewalt's car changes color during the movie. See more »


Elizabeth Laughton: A part of you thinks I might've done it.
Dr. Ernest Dewalt: The best part of me knows that you didn't.
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Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Arranged by Brian Gulland and Richard Harvey
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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aptly named film
6 April 2017 | by dcnilsenSee all my reviews

film is aptly named because once in a while you come across a film which provides an occasional hell to have to watch...actually this one would be highly recommended for viewing by an arborist- wooden plot, wooden script, wooden acting, etc, etc, etc....I like tom berenger, but this is the equivalent of painting by numbers on steroids...and not even the nude scenes can help this turkey, but I can highly recommend it if you want to have a nice nap mid-movie, then wake up not feeling as though you missed anything...berenger's imaginary visits by the female missing from the crime scene are particularly annoying and ridiculous and add absolutely nothing to the plot...all in all such drivel that I was compelled to stop watching a little over halfway through, which after reading the reviews, turned out to be a wise move...the people advocating this disaster as a triumph are in need of god knows what, but taste comes forefront to my mind

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Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acosado por su pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Dolby Digital


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