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Detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of sexually gruesome serial murders and becomes embroiled in a world of lesbianism and bondage after she becomes obsessed with one of the victims' paramours.

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Damian Harris

Writers:

David L. Lindsey (novel), Damian Harris (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Barkin ... Det. Cathy Palmer
Wendy Crewson ... Bernadine Mello
Peta Wilson ... Vickie Kittrie
Karen Young ... Mary
Julian Sands ... Dr. Dominick Broussard
Stephen Baldwin ... Mechanic
Marshall Bell ... Gil Reynolds
Beau Starr ... Lt. Fritch
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... John Beck
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Cushing
Ellen-Ray Hennessy ... Murial Farr
Lara Daans ... Dorothy Samenov
Claire Burton Claire Burton ... Sandra Moser
Fulvio Cecere ... Leeland
Zehra Leverman ... Terry Ross
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Storyline

Homicide detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of serial killings of women who have been tortured to death by S&M, all of whom have had their eyelids cut off. The investigation takes Catherine into a group wealthy upper class women, where she is drawn to the chief suspect, Vickie Kittrie, who has a penchant for S&M and women, as well as to Dr. Broussard, the victims' shady therapist with some dark secrets of his own. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Venture into a world of deadly sexual pleasures.

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Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use, and perverse sexual behavior including violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amours mortelles See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Damian Harris asked Ellen Barkin' to portray her character three different ways: 1) Palmer knew she was attracted to Vickie, 2) Palmer wasn't attracted to Vickie, and 3) Palmer wasn't sure if she was attracted to Vickie. Harris would then edit the takes together, giving the audience an unsure vibe of what Detective Palmer thought of Vickie. See more »

Goofs

Bernadine's shirt and skirt disappear from the dressing room floor during her sex scene with Vickie. See more »

Quotes

Vickie Kittrie: Well I wasn't exactly faithful to Dorothy.
Det. Catherine Palmer: Thats about the one thing we have found out in this investigation.
Vickie Kittrie: Do you know what I think sex is?
Det. Catherine Palmer: [realizing Vickie wants her] What?
Vickie Kittrie: A thrill like sticking your head into the mouth of the only Lion in the cage thats totally unpredictable.
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Alternate Versions

Released in theaters at 93 minutes. The American DVD release features the "International Version" of the film which runs 117 minutes. This unrated, unedited version has longer scenes and new footage, added some of which are:
  • The sex scene between Detective Palmer and the mechanic is longer and more explicit, plus a scene afterward showing Palmer arrives home at her house, pouring drinks for herself, and having visions of a nude man in her bathroom, her ex-husband, along with a chestnut haired woman.
  • A shot of Vicki smoking heroin ("chasing the dragon") after Palmer interogates her as well as her looking over photos of her little sister.
  • A fantasy shot of Palmer punching the chestnut haired woman in the bar, and then explaining to Vicki that it's the woman who her husband cheated on, as well as more dialoge where Detective Palmer explains to Vicki about her marriage and her husband.
  • The dreams Palmer has of the victums is longer and more explicit which include a man performing sex on one of them.
  • The scene where Detective Palmer discovers Vicki's dead body show her crying after discovering the photo of Vicki and her sister, and then assaulting one of the detectives who walk in and make a disparaging comment about Vicki being a dyke and so on.
  • After the wounded Palmer fataly stabs Mary with a knife, Mary holds Palmer's hand as she breaths her dying breath.
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Come to California
Written and Performed by Deborah Falconer
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Wow!!!
15 November 2002 | by mgangadeenSee all my reviews

I rather enjoyed this movie. I thought the acting was very good. It kept me alert, and thinking throughout. THIS IS NOT A FILM ABOUT lesbianism at all. What I do think, it has a lot more to do with "bondage" "s/m". If your looking for kinky lesbian sex, your not going to experience it here. However, if your looking for a movie that dabbles, in the minds of certain main stream adults who have hang-ups with sex and pain, then this may be entertaining for you. Ellen Barkin, was perfect for this role, her facial expression told her story before her mouth moved. yet you weren't quite sure if she was wondering out loud on the fact that she may like this alternative life style. Peta Wilson, also did a tremendous job in role playing in this film. Im serious wondering, why I havent seen her in more films. She was utterly convincing, and beautifully attired in this movie.

All in all a good movie, that I will view again in the near future.


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