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A burnt out detective follows the trail of a serial killer who sends him messages about the murders.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Penn ... FBI Agent Jason Enola
Jennifer Dale ... Dr. Alyce Robertson
Michael Madsen ... FBI Agent Brad Abraham
Chad McQueen ... William Frost
Terri Hawkes ... Rachel Quinn / Alone
Catherine Blythe Catherine Blythe ... Gail Morgan
Kenneth McGregor Kenneth McGregor ... Jerry Saracen
Thea Gill ... Eileen Gibbs
Shawn Doyle ... Chuck Switzer
Audrey Lupke ... Molly Darrow
Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith ... Little Girl #1
Amanda-Lynn Smith Amanda-Lynn Smith ... Little Girl #2
Andrea McCabe Andrea McCabe ... Cynthia Scott
C.J. Lusby C.J. Lusby ... Rialla Frost (as C.J. Fidler)
George Carter George Carter ... Therapist
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Storyline

Jason Enola is an obsessive FBI agent who is almost losing his mind after ten years on the tail of an elusive serial killer whose hallmark is the "paper trail" of notes left along with the victims. Brad Abraham is the agent buddy who is watching Enola's back. As the film begins, a new wave of killings start after four years of silence, and the psychiatrist Dr. Alyce Robertson becomes involved when she starts receiving telephone calls from the killer. Written by Alexander Staubo <redhand@mop.no>

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Two cops, twelve murders... No suspect!


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Rated R for violence including some disturbing images, a strong sex scene and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trail of a Serial Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Production Co:

Now Entertainment Group See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Chris Penn and Michael Madsen have both co-starred with Nicholle Tom. Penn in Beethoven's 2nd (1993) and Madsen in Season of Change (1994). See more »

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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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loved it
15 January 1999 | by BraxtonSee all my reviews

Yes I liked this movie. Why? because I didn't bother comparing it to others in the serial killer genre. It was low budget, yes, but it had strong performances from the always entertaining Chris Penn and Michael Madsen. Other performances (such as Jennifer Dale and the guy who played William) make this movie noteworthy as well. The first time I saw it, I wasn't too terribly impressed, but I watched it again, and I liked it far more the second time, and the third. There were funny moments (Enola talking to the lawyer) and heart-wrenching times (i.e. Enola calling his kids) and very nice tensions were built up in the therapist's office. I'd give this movie a 7/10, nice job all!


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