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Murder by Numbers (2002)

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Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writer:

Tony Gayton
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Cassie Mayweather
Ben Chaplin ... Sam Kennedy
Ryan Gosling ... Richard Haywood
Michael Pitt ... Justin Pendleton
Agnes Bruckner ... Lisa Mills
Chris Penn ... Ray
R.D. Call R.D. Call ... Captain Rod Cody
Tom Verica ... Al Swanson
Janni Brenn Janni Brenn ... Ms. Elder
John Vickery ... Restaurant Manager
Michael Canavan ... Mr. Chechi
Krista Carpenter ... Olivia Lake
Neal Matarazzo ... Male Officer in Flashback
Adilah Barnes ... Lab Technician
Jim Jansen ... Lawyer
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Storyline

Richard Haywood, a Californian high school's coolest kid, secretly teams up with another rich kid in his class, brilliant nerd Justin 'Bonaparte' Pendleton, whose erudition, specially in forensic matters, allows them to plan elaborately perfect murders, just for the kick, for which they set up Richard's marijuana supplier, their school's janitor Ray Feathers, as a psychotic serial killer. The case is assigned to detectives Cassie 'the hyena' Mayweather, who carries a sequoia-size chip on the shoulder from her previous life, and her brilliant new partner, Sam Kennedy, who just transferred from the vice squad; they can work together very well, and even fit romantically, but fall out over different professional attitudes towards the investigation, which Captain Rod Cody and her understandably vindictive abused ex, Assistant D.A. Al Swanson, soon ban her from when she disobeys instructions and hand to him. When the plotting boys both dig class-mate Lisa Mills, their unnatural bond comes ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Justice will be served See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, a sex scene and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The old lodge on the bluff was constructed especially for the movie and was torn down after filming was completed. The interior scenes were shot on a set. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is driving Cassie home for the first time, we see his vehicle turning before we hear her voice telling him where to turn. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: Shall we say the words one last time?
Justin: One cannot live fully without embracing suicide in crime.
Richard: Say it.
Justin: A pact made with relentless fire that requires that, while some live, others die.
Richard: On three...
in unison: One, two, three
[gun shot]
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Take a Ride
Written by Joel Faraci, Hans Gutknecht and Robert Kennedy
Performed by Sucker Pump
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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User Reviews

Ick
8 October 2002 | by voxtitanicusSee all my reviews

So i saw a few previews for this movie and i actually started to get intrigued by the movie. Something about it just stood out. Maybe it was the screaming baboon, maybe it was the more-than-likely ugly story and terrible acting, maybe it was something else. And lo and behold, i come home one night and my roommates' had rented the movie from blockbuster. And after watching the movie, from start to finish, i was absolutely astonished at how horrible the movie was. Watchable, but terrifying only in its inept ability to be a really tense thriller. Ryan Gosling was decent, but his role would fit better in a play written by a high school student. the other kid looked like a girl. Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin were simply less than. And the screaming baboon took away any shred of seriousness residing in the movie... that and the hundred or so plot twists. Ugh. what awful writing and what an awful movie.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murd3r 8y Num8ers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,307,394, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$31,945,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,714,147
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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