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Mercy (2000)

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.


Damian Harris


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





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
Zerha Leverman ... Terry Ross (as Zehra Leverman)


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.


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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In the original script, the sex scene between Catherine and Vickie took place in the ladies room of the police station. See more »


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


Mechanic: So, you're a cop?
Det. Catherine Palmer: Yeah. You like that?
Mechanic: Yeah. What do you work, vice?
Det. Catherine Palmer: Homicide.
Mechanic: That's a little weird, isn't it? I mean, you being a woman and all?
Det. Catherine Palmer: [pause] What do you do?
Mechanic: Mechanic. I fix things.
Det. Catherine Palmer: Say you got an old lady, she comes into the shop. She's driving a '72 Chevy, she's hearing a little ticking noise. Turns out she's got a busted transmission, gonna cost her 2,000 bucks. Only thing is, she doesn't have any money. What are you gonna do?
Mechanic: I'd say 'I don't fucking care.'
Det. Catherine Palmer: You're looking at someone's ...
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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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Written and Performed by Michael Le Blanc (as Michael LeBlanc)
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Ellen Barkin stars in an erotic thriller
21 August 2009 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This film is an interesting thriller that probes the after-hours private lives of well-to-do corporate women whose interests are unusual sex with other women. When some of the ladies turn up dead, the police step in, headed by Ellen Barkin as a jaded, shopworn and streetwise cop. Barken gets drawn in deeper into the erotic world she is discovering by a young woman and slowly pieces together the mysterious murders. There are red herrings and the plot twists and turns are more revealing in the film's home stretch. Barkin is as cool and wends her way through this erotic underground and the men portrayed in the film are shown in a poor light. Peta Wilson is sympathetic as the woman who guides Barkin through the maze of sex bars and clubs, and their chemistry on screen is sensual and suggestive. Barkin's trademark crooked grin is nearly absent in this picture owing to the subject matter but she is still a treat to watch. The music and cinematography are very good.

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Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amours mortelles See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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