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A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

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Margaret Larsen
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Rudy
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Toby Jay Wadenah
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Strom
Wendy Donaldson ...
Resort Owner (as Wendy Morrow Donaldson)
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Sheriff (as P. Adrien Dorval)
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Stan Krolak
Shawn Henter ...
Bus Driver
Kathy Jensen ...
Store Clerk
Taryn Knowles ...
Ginny Larsen
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Hank
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Monash Deputy
J.J. McColl ...
Real Estate Agent
Gordon May ...
Criminologist #1
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Deputy #3 (as Gardinar Millar)
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Doctor
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Deputy #1
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Jerry Black
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Gary Jackson
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Duane Larsen
Tony Parsons ...
TV Anchorman
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Lori (as Robin Wright Penn)
Robert Popoff ...
Prisoner
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Annalise Hansen
Nicole Robert ...
Flea Market Sales Lady
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Jim Olstad
Pauline Roberts ...
Chrissy
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Jean
Lucy Schmidt ...
Alma Cage
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Eric Pollack
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Helen Jackson
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Floyd Cage
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Grey Haired Man
Theodore Thomas ...
Rest Home Resident
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Becky Fiske
Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan ...
Crime Scene Reporter
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Bartender at Airport
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Hedge ...
SWAT Sniper (uncredited)
Brock Johnson ...
Lori's Husband (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Peter Madsen ...
Detective at Retirement Party (Interaction) (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sean Penn

Written by

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt ... (book)
 
Jerzy Kromolowski ... (screenplay) &
Mary Olson-Kromolowski ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Brian W. Cook ... associate producer (as Brian Cook)
Michael Fitzgerald ... producer
Sean Penn ... producer
Elie Samaha ... producer
Andrew Stevens ... executive producer
Don Carmody ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Klaus Badelt
Hans Zimmer

Cinematography by

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Chris Menges ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jay Cassidy

Editorial Department

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Rob Bonz ... second assistant editor
Cheryl Buckman ... first assistant editor: Canada
Phil Hetos ... color timer
Sharon McGeeney ... negative cutter
Dana Mulligan ... first assistant editor
Shelly Theaker ... second assistant editor: Canada (as Shelley Theaker)
Dale Jones ... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney ... avid technician (uncredited)

Casting By

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Don Phillips

Production Design by

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Bill Groom

Art Direction by

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Helen Jarvis

Set Decoration by

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Lesley Beale

Costume Design by

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Jill M. Ohanneson ... (as Jill Ohanneson)

Makeup Department

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Shannon Coppin ... second assistant makeup artist
Jayne Dancose ... key makeup artist
Michael Germain ... makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson (as Mike Germain)
Gerald Gibbons ... assistant hair stylist
Rick Glassman ... prosthetic dentist (as Dr. Rick Glassman DDS.)
Michelle Hrescak ... assistant makeup artist
Harlow MacFarlane ... special makeup effects artist
Ryan Nicholson ... special makeup effects supervisor
Roy Sidick ... key hair stylist
Christ Stanley ... special makeup effects artist
Joy Zapata ... hair stylist: Mr. Nicholson
Stacey Butterworth ... wig maker (uncredited)
Bill Terezakis ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Richard Bullock ... production manager (as Richard A. Bullock)
Cathy Gesualdo ... production manager: additional photography
Susan E. Novick ... post-production supervisor
Jefferson Richard ... production manager: additional photography
Joyce Kozy King ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James Bitonti ... trainee assistant director (as James A. Bitonti)
Brian W. Cook ... first assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Warren Hanna ... third assistant director
Tracey Poirier ... second second assistant director
Andrew M. Robinson ... second assistant director (as Andrew Robinson)
Jon C. Scheide ... first assistant director: additional photography (as Jon Scheide)

Art Department

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Vaughan V. Baker ... key scenic artist (as Vaughan Baker)
Derek Bobroff ... on-set scenic artist
Craig Brisker ... construction foreman
Noel Burke-Gaffney ... paint foreman
Dale Ann Connery ... assistant set decorator (as Dale Connery)
Greg Coombs ... greens
Dean Eilertson ... property master
Kendelle Elliott ... assistant art director
JoAnn Ellis ... art department coordinator (as Joann Ellis)
Brian Epp ... assistant property master
Mark Haddad ... head greens
Paul Jenkinson ... lead person
Bill McMahon ... set designer
Doug Poetker ... construction first aid
Dorian Reese ... greens
Glenn Woodruff ... construction coordinator (as Glenn 'Woody' Woodruff)
Michael Dundas ... lead painter (uncredited)
Laurie Edmundson ... set dresser (uncredited)
Nancy C. Lee ... graphic artist (uncredited)
Aleya Naiman ... prop buyer (uncredited)
Audra Neil ... set buyer (uncredited)
Chris Stewart ... draftsman (uncredited)
Rena Van Steele ... stand by painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David Franklin Bergad ... dialogue editor
Mark Berger ... supervising re-recording mixer
Andy Bishop ... cable person
Piotr Filipowski ... sound effects designer
Anna Geyer ... assistant dialogue editor
Aura Gilge ... sound effects editor
Chris Gridley ... assistant sound effects editor
Mark Levinson ... adr supervisor (as Mark A. Levinson)
Kyrsten Mate ... sound effects designer (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Marnie Moore ... foley artist
John Nutt ... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley ... foley artist
Charles O'Shea ... boom operator (as Charlie O'Shea)
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Frank Rinella ... foley mixer
Kevin Sands ... sound mixer: additional photography
Patti Tauscher ... foley editor
Hoku Uchiyama ... assistant sound effects editor (as Chris Hokuala Uchiyama)
Rob Young ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

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David Gauthier ... special effects coordinator
Bill Mills ... special effects co-coordinator
Jak Osmond ... special effects assistant
Bruce Scott ... special effects buyer / special effects driver
Barry Hebein ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Kerry Phillips ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Okan Ataman ... sabre artist: ILM
Wenden K. Baldwin ... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital
John Bartle ... visual effects editor: ILM
Earl Beyer ... film recording engineer: ILM
Ken Dackermann ... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital (as Ken Dackerman)
Suni Dailey ... CG technician: ILM
Natalee Djokovic ... visual effects editor: ILM
Snow Dowd ... computer screen design
Chris Flynn ... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital
Mark Freund ... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title Digital
Ryan Galloway ... CG technician: ILM
Joanne Hafner ... digital paint and roto: ILM
Pablo Helman ... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Kela Hicks ... sabre artist: ILM
Stephanie Hornish ... visual effects producer: ILM
Dorne Huebler ... digital compositor: ILM
Jennifer Law-Stump ... digital artist: Pacific Title Digital
Matt Linder ... 3D effects animator
Aaron Muszalski ... digital paint and roto: ILM
Joshua Pines ... film recording engineer: ILM (as Josh Pines)
Anthony Pitone ... visual effects editor: ILM (as Tony Pitone)
Robert Reinhardt ... computer screen design
Leslie Safley ... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Ken D. Smith ... visual effects producer: Pacific Title Digital
Bruce Vecchitto ... color timing supervisor: ILM
Wei Zheng ... digital matte artist: ILM
Rita E. Zimmerman ... lead sabre artist: ILM (as Rita Zimmerman)
Lloyd Hess ... technical support (uncredited)
Jesh Murthy ... visual effects supervisor: Toybox (uncredited)

Stunts

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Joe Doserro ... stunt player (as Joe Desarro)
Bill Ferguson ... stunt coordinator
Rick Pearce ... stunt player

Camera and Electrical Department

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Allison Beda ... second assistant camera
Hans Bjerno ... aerial camera operator
Kevin Black ... key grip
Toby E. Cook ... camera operator: news crew footage
Ken Decker ... generator operator
John Dekker ... assistant chief lighting technician
Garnet Durham ... video playback operator
Bob Findlay ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dan Henshaw ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ronald Hersey ... camera operator: "b" camera (as Ron Hersey)
Burton Kuchera ... chief lighting technician: additional photography
George Majoros ... second second assistant camera
Klaus Melchior ... video playback operator
Paul Mitchnick ... camera operator: "b" camera
Bill Molnar ... best boy grip
Robert L. O'Hara ... dolly grip (as Robert O'Hara)
Christopher Porter ... chief lighting technician
Alastair Rae ... camera operator: "a" camera
Noah Richoz ... video assist
Patrick Stepien ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gillian Stokvis ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Gillian Stokvis-Hauer)
Stewart Whelan ... second assistant camera
Gary J. Williams ... key grip: additional photography (as Gary Williams)
Enrique Del Rio ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Curt Griebel ... grip (uncredited)
Tim Heller ... lighting technician/second unit gaffer (uncredited)
Tamara Jones ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Attila Luca ... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Ramage ... best boy rigging electrics (uncredited)
John Rogers ... grip (uncredited)
Pat Waller ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sandra-Ken Freeman ... extras casting: additional photography
Jason Mundy ... casting associate
Audrey Skalbania ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Donna Christiano ... costumer
Ruth Elke ... costumer
Jana MacDonald ... assistant costume designer
Karin Nosella ... wardrobe supervisor
Debbie Travis ... dresser: Mr. Nicholson
Julie O'Rourke ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Monty Bannister ... location manager
Dan Carr ... assistant location manager
Nathan Kay ... trainee assistant location manager
James Thompson ... assistant location manager
Scott Walden ... location manager
Jan Eirik Langoen ... location scout (uncredited)
Dennis Swartman ... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Tom Teotico ... location scout (uncredited)
Lynn M. van Kuilenburg ... location manager: additional photography, Los Angeles (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jason Alexander ... music consultant
Slamm Andrews ... score mixer / score recordist
Michael Brook ... composer: additional music
Craig Eastman ... composer: additional music
Vicki Hiatt ... music editor
Gretchen O'Neal ... music production supervisor
Heitor Pereira ... composer: additional music / musician
Marc Streitenfeld ... music editor
Martin Tillman ... composer: additional music
Debra Baum ... executive in charge of music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chet Badalato ... driver: Mr. Nicholson
Greg Hamilton ... transportation captain
Geno Hart ... transportation coordinator: additional photography
James Lewko ... transportation co-captain (as Jimmy Lewko)
Red Murphy ... transportation coordinator
Dale Shaben ... driver: Mr. Penn (as Dale Shabin)
Ian Thompson ... picture car coordinator
Wally Watson ... transportation co-captain
Rick Rasmussen ... picture car wrangler: additional photography (uncredited)
Larry Tardif ... driver: crane opperator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Amy Barager ... staff assistant (as Amy Edelson)
Tommy Baratta ... chef: Mr. Nicholson
Sara Barnes ... craft service (as Samm Barnes) / first aid (as Samm Barnes)
Josef Brandmaier ... slate financed by
Christina Bulbrook ... production coordinator: additional photography (as Christina Margellos)
Jill Christensen ... assistant production coordinator
Jill R. Cohen ... production legal: Cohen & Reder LLP (as Jill Cohen)
Susan Crawford ... production coordinator
Irena Dargenio ... payroll accountant
Joe Depczynski ... technical advisor (as Det. Joe Depczynski)
Debbie Derkach ... assistant craft service / assistant first aid
Tami DeSchutter ... stand-in: Lori
Stacy Eyrich ... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Kristen Figeroid ... assistant: Mr. Stevens
Jim Filippone ... helicopter pilot
Lara Fox ... script supervisor
Jena Fraser ... staff assistant
Tracey Gardhouse ... animal trainer
Marci Graber ... post-production accountant
John Hackett ... stand-in: Mr. Nicholson
Rodney Itier ... assistant: Mr. Samaha
Todd Lester ... security captain
David Magee ... staff assistant (as David MaGee)
Sato Masuzawa ... assistant: Mr. Penn
Peter Munro ... staff assistant (as Pete Monroe)
Rick Nicholson ... security co-captain
Lou Phillips ... production accountant
Benjamin R. Reder ... production legal: Cohen & Reder LLP (as Ben Reder)
Kyle Riefsnyder ... utility stand-in
Jaime Rigal ... production financing: Imperial Entertainment Group
Mick Rochon ... staff assistant
Dawn Sharpe ... assistant accountant
Rhonda Taylor ... staff assistant
Richa Thorpe ... second assistant production coordinator
Jared Underwood ... production financing: Imperial Entertainment Group
Jared Valentine ... extras wrangler
Tyrel Ventura ... assistant: Mr. Penn
Danny Virtue ... horse wrangler
Ian Watermeier ... finance coordinator
Gwen Wilson ... assistant: Mr. Fitzgerald
Natasha Young ... script supervisor: additional photography
Adam Barber ... assistant: Mr. Zimmer (uncredited)
Ron Blecker ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Duane Bradley ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Steve Cardone ... completion guarantor (uncredited)
Derek Carlson ... background performer (uncredited)
Jonathan Allen Hensley ... personal assistant: Mickey Rourke (uncredited)
Jim Jaffe ... product placement (uncredited)
Kirk Jarrett ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Bonnie Judd ... dog coordinator (uncredited) / dog trainer (uncredited)
Wendi Laski ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Nathan Lomax ... production assistant (uncredited)
Neil McDaniel ... marine operator (uncredited)
Gerry Therrien ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Annie Wilkinson ... set tutor (uncredited)

Thanks

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Jack Groom ... special thanks
Michael D. Haller ... in memory of: our brother in arms (as Michael Haller)
Jack Nitzsche ... in memory of: our brother in arms
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The night he retires as a Nevada sheriff, Jerry Black pledges to the mother of a murdered girl that he will find the killer. Jerry doesn't believe the police arrested the right man; he discovers this is the third incident in the area in the recent past with victims young, blond, pretty, and small for their age. So he buys an old gas station in the mountains near the crimes in order to search for a tall man who drives a black station wagon, gives toy porcupines as gifts, and calls himself the wizard: clues from a drawing by the dead girl. Jerry's solitary life gives way to friendship with a woman and her small, blond daughter. Has Jerry neglected something that may prove fatal? Written by

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Taglines He may have retired, but he's still catching the killer See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pledge (Japan, English title)
  • Das Versprechen (Germany)
  • El juramento (Spain)
  • Zavet (Serbia)
  • Løftet (Denmark)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Box Office

Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,765,347, 21 Jan 2001

Did You Know?

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Trivia The picture was a passion project for Director Sean Penn and Jack Nicholson. Unfortunately, the screenplay was turned down by every major studio in Hollywood. Producer Elie Samaha, and his studio Franchise Pictures, who specialized in picking up screenplays in turnaround, quickly pounced on the material and signed up Penn and Nicholson for a reduced fee. The pair agreed, as long as Penn could have complete creative and casting control. See more »
Goofs There are no tunnels outside Reno, Nevada. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Nwalhulwana See more »
Crazy Credits In memory of our Brothers In Arms Michael D. Haller and Jack Nitzsche See more »
Quotes Duane Larsen: I want to see my daughter.
Jerry Black: I don't think that would be a good idea.
Duane Larsen: WHY WOULDN'T THAT BE A GOOD IDEA?
Jerry Black: Because we hardly dared to look ourselves.
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