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Pendulum (2001)

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The nature and lure of power: in Dallas, a councilman is on trial for corruption, the D.A. is running for the US Senate, a serial killer is slashing prostitutes, and a professor is murdered... See full summary »

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James D. Deck

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Jason Kabolati
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Hunter ... Amanda Reeve
James Russo ... Edward Mills
Matt Battaglia ... William Cobb
Scarlett McAlister ... Haley Porter
Alaina Huffman ... Terry Weiss (as Alaina Kalanj)
Stephanie Vogt ... Melissa Regan
Alissa Alban Alissa Alban ... Stephanie Lowe
Paige Carl Griggs Paige Carl Griggs ... Robert Mosley
Ron Roggé ... Barnes
Pato Hoffmann Pato Hoffmann ... Petty
Robert Graham Robert Graham ... Nigel Emerson
Cliff Stephens Cliff Stephens ... Dr. Prescott
Caroline Flores Caroline Flores ... Kim
Dell Johnson Dell Johnson ... Lt. Fraizer
Bob Richardson Bob Richardson ... Coleman Weiss
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The nature and lure of power: in Dallas, a councilman is on trial for corruption, the D.A. is running for the US Senate, a serial killer is slashing prostitutes, and a professor is murdered. Amanda Reeve is assigned to investigate the law-school killing. She hears rumors that the dead man offered women students good grades in exchange for sex. The trail leads her to two wealthy, beautiful students whose alibi is provided by a librarian. At the same time, the cops close in on the slasher. Meanwhile, Amanda misses her former lover, next in line to become D.A., and a reporter is fired for getting close to the truth about the Senate candidate. Is a cover-up or conspiracy in the works? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Murder, betrayal, lies, times reveals all.


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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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English

Release Date:

July 2003 (France) See more »

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Assassinio nel campus See more »

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Rockwall, Texas, USA See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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'Jennifer Beals' was the original choice to play Amanda. See more »

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Sha-Fa-Fa
Written by Haylie Johnson
Performed by Haylie Johnson
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Well-acted film noir
2 March 2002 | by vpa21133See all my reviews

Pendulum is a murder mystery, or rather two murder mysteries. Rachel Hunter plays a detective originally assigned to investigate the brutal murders of several street prostitutes, then reassigned to investigate the murder of a prominent law school professor.

Hunter's character is not exactly "Colombo," and there are several red herrings along the way. The film is set in a milieu of prostitution, lies, kinky sex, corruption, violence, etc., which is why I consider it a "film noir."

This movie isn't a classic, but it keeps you interested. If you enjoyed "Presumed Innocent" you'll enjoy this one.


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