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Walking Shadow (2001)

As a favor to his longtime lover Dr. Susan Silverman, Spenser agrees to investigate the stalking of a theater company director, pro bono. But before he can get started, an actor is killed ... See full summary »

Director:

Po-Chih Leong (as Po Chih Leong)

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Robert B. Parker (novel), Robert B. Parker (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Spenser
Ernie Hudson ... Hawk
Marcia Gay Harden ... Susan Silverman
Eric Roberts ... Police Chief DeSpain
Tamlyn Tomita ... Rikki Wu
Mackenzie Gray ... Vinnie
Christopher Lawford ... Jimmy Christopholous
Ronin Wong ... Lonnie Wu
Tseng Chang ... Fast Eddie Lee
Henry Mah ... Herman Leong
Rick Tae ... Liang
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Healy
Alex Zahara ... Lou Montana
Marcy Goldberg Marcy Goldberg ... Waitress
Edward Davey Edward Davey ... Fantasy man
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As a favor to his longtime lover Dr. Susan Silverman, Spenser agrees to investigate the stalking of a theater company director, pro bono. But before he can get started, an actor is killed by an arrow in the middle of a play. Now that there's a real-life murder to investigate, Spenser and Hawk, get to do what they do best--even if it means death threats from the Chinese underworld, being ordered out of town by the tough local police chief, and dodging bullets and crossbows at every turn. By the time they leave the quaint ocean front community, the population has decreased by three, and live theater will never be the same. Written by A&E

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Mystery

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Spenser: So the killing might be connected to the play, so I need someone to... tell me what the play was about.
Lou Montana: Ahem. Lou Montana. I directed. And, uh, your question is absurd.
Spenser: No; an actor getting shot on stage wearing tights while singing "Land of Love" is absurd.
Lou Montana: Ah. And what was your response to the play?
Spenser: I found it a pretentious mishmash about appearance and reality.
Lou Montana: Well, art isn't "about"
[makes air quotes]
Lou Montana: anything. It *is* movement and speech in space and time.
Spenser: Thank you!
Lou Montana: I didn't expect you'd ...
[...]
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Interesting Adaptation
8 September 2001 | by DerrickFerguson1See all my reviews

Although Robert Urich captured the physicality of the Spenser character, Joe Mantegna carries off the character's flippant one-liners and quiet badass manner in a more mature manner. Mantegna's calm, reasonable explanation of his (Spenser's) job to the leader of a Chinese Tong is a dead on perfect novel-to-film translation.

Unfortunately, some other parts of the movie don't hang as well. I love Ernie Hudson, but can't buy as him Hawk. But then again, who could follow Avery Brooks's portrayal of the character? If Brooks was unwilling to reprise his role, then it should have been renamed and given to another actor who could have made it his own. And Spenser's visions should have been more intergrated into the plot. Was he seeing these visions as a warning that he should get out of the private eye biz?

Minor qubbles aside, I loved WALKING SHADOW as I've loved all of A&E's SPENSER movies and I hope they continue to produce them. Joe Mantegna seems as if he's really comfortable playing Spenser and he throws off them smart ass/sarcastic lines REAL good. I luv ya, Joe..


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