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Thin Air (2000)

Frank Belson didn't ask too many questions about the past of his new wife Lisa St. Claire, even after she suddenly and mysteriously disappeared one night. He brings in Spenser to help ... See full summary »


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Robert B. Parker (book), Robert B. Parker (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Spenser
Marcia Gay Harden ... Susan Silverman
Jon Seda ... Luis DeLeon
Luis Guzmán ... Chollo
Miguel Sandoval ... Santiago
Joanna Miles ... Evans
Daniel Parker Daniel Parker ... Father Ahearn (as Daniel T. Parker)
Lloyd Battista
Beau Starr
Janet-Laine Green
John Bourgeois
Yancy Butler ... Lisa St. Claire
David Ferry ... Frank Belson
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Quirk
Noam Jenkins ... Woody Pontevecchio


Frank Belson didn't ask too many questions about the past of his new wife Lisa St. Claire, even after she suddenly and mysteriously disappeared one night. He brings in Spenser to help locate her, who begins to piece together her complete life story while submerged in the Latino shadow world of the town of Proctor. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Kidnapping can lead to something dangerous...Spenser.


Crime | Drama







Release Date:

12 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert B. Parker's Thin Air See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaffe/Braunstein Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of Frank Belson's doctor is played by Joan H. Parker, wife of Robert B. Parker. See more »


Early in the film Kids make two large scratches on Spenser's Car which subsequently disappear after the scene when Spenser gets out of the car and inspects the damage. See more »


Frank Belson: My wife is gone. I don't know why, I don't know where.
Spenser: Tell me about it.
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Follows Spenser: For Hire (1985) See more »

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True to the book by Robert B. Parker, a nice cast.
2 October 2000 | by james.rankinSee all my reviews

This is the second adaptation by Parker with this cast of one of his Spenser books. The story is true to the book. The relationships between Spenser and Frank Belson are true to the context of the Spenser book series. The Boston police want to have nothing to do with private detectives, especially an ex-cop fired for insubordination who skates the edge of the law too frequently. Sometimes, though, being within the law has too many restrictions. When Belson's wife is kidnapped, Spenser investigates and finds things are not what they seem.

Mantegna is not nearly as pretty as Robert Urich of the old tv show, but much truer to the character of the pages of the books in thoughts, looks, and deeds. The supporting cast with Marcia Gay Harden as Susan Silverman is also good. Fans of the Spenser books will be pleased. I cannot wait for the next adaptation (I have heard there will be six).

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