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The Monkey's Mask (2000)

A lesbian private detective dives head first into murder, manipulation and the consuming power of sex.

Director:

Samantha Lang

Writers:

Anne Kennedy, Dorothy Porter (novel)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susie Porter ... Jill Fitzpatrick
Abbie Cornish ... Mickey Norris
Brendan Cowell ... Hayden
Jim Holt Jim Holt ... Bill McDonald
Bojana Novakovic ... Tianna
Jean-Pierre Mignon Jean-Pierre Mignon ... Tony Brach
Caroline Gillmer ... Barbara Brach
John Noble ... Mr. Norris
Linden Wilkinson ... Mrs. Norris
Kelly McGillis ... Professor Diana Maitland
Chris Haywood ... Dad Fitzpatrick
Deborah Mailman ... Lou
Marton Csokas ... Nick Maitland
William Zappa ... Detective Sergeant Wesley
Charlotte Rose Regan Charlotte Rose Regan ... Cerebral Girl
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Storyline

Jill Fitzpatrick is a 28-year old, street-smart, out-of-work private investigator wishing she wasn't celibate. Eager for the taste of adrenaline, she accepts a job investigating the disappearance of Mickey, a young female student. Jill quickly strikes a spark with the seductive Diana, Mickey's poetry lecturer. But it is not long before Mickey's strangled body is found. Distrusting the cops, Mickey's grief-stricken parents ask Jill to find her murderer. Jill is soon hurled into a passionate liaison with Diana as she enters the surprisingly seamy underworld of Mickey's life, looking for clues to her murder. For whom did Mickey write her sexually charged poems? What is the connection between Mickey and her two favorite poets? Who is leaving threatening messages in verse on Jill's answering machine? Blinded by her passion, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth - until her own life is in danger. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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No evidence just a smell of sex and violence.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,831
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film has an similar plot to Basic Instinct (1992). Jill Fitzpatrick, a detective is hired to investigate the murder of poetry student Mickey and becomes sexually involved with Mickey's seductive and manipulative teacher Diana Maitland and begins to suspect her involvement. See more »

Quotes

Jill Fitzpatrick: There's no drink to take away the taste of a fresh face rotting.
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Soundtracks

Dark Walk
Written by M. Brown, C. Frank and N, Miranda
Performed by Smoke City
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Pseudo-intellectual drivel
24 December 2002 | by festermattSee all my reviews

This is supposed to be a mystery with erotic undertones. It failed. The mystery is so shallow that no one cares who killed the angry, easy, young poet. The lesbian undertones don't work, the voiceovers don't work and the only thing that I enjoyed was some of the cinematography. Boring movie disguised as intellectual, but with nothing smart to say.


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