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EvenHand (2002)

R | | Drama | 14 November 2002 (USA)
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Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, EvenHand tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Sage ... Officer Ted Morning
Bill Dawes ... Officer Rob Francis
Lawrence Stringer Lawrence Stringer ... Mather
Lee Stringer ... David Mather
Io Tillett Wright Io Tillett Wright ... Toby
Mirelly Taylor ... Jessica (as Ruth Osuna)
Irene Pena Irene Pena ... Carla
Héctor García Héctor García ... Victor
Kelley West ... Carol (as Kelley Saunders)
Eduardo Cavazos Garza Eduardo Cavazos Garza ... Sgt. Leonard
Greg Bransom Greg Bransom ... Donald
Earley B. Teal Earley B. Teal ... Old Man With Brick
Bena Kratochvil Bena Kratochvil ... Lisa Mather
Alsada Richardson Alsada Richardson ... Lisa's Mom
William Luke ... Ronald


Set in a dirt-poor neighborhood in the fictional city of San Lovisa, Texas, EvenHand tells the story of two very different cops, working together for the first time. Rob Francis, recently divorced, finds the adjustment from his previous assignment in "Sleepytown" difficult. With his new partner, the volatile Ted Morning, he spends his days breaking up domestic disputes and attempting to make sense of a parade of lowlifes, firebugs and junkies. Morning is the original Texas cowboy, all muscle and bravado: arrest 'em first, ask questions later. The characters and events in EvenHand subtly intertwine until Francis and Morning must both face the consequences of their very different approaches to the job. Filmed on location in San Antonio, Texas, EvenHand is a police story, but it's not about car chases or shoot-outs. It's about two cops struggling to survive in a world where, without warning, numbing routine can give way to primal fear. Written by george lacey

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You can't be everybody's friend.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and drug content


Official Sites:

Cypress Films




English | German

Release Date:

14 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isonomia See more »

Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cypress Films (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Officer Rob Francis: [narration - as funeral passes] Most people hate cops. It's a fact, but it's not true. When things go bad, we're the ones you call. We show up, and we arrest people. Because as a friend once said, we're cops, that's what we do. But it's also our job to make things better. Chase away the shadows. I guess sometimes the shadows we chase, are our own.
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Written by Mike Doughty
Performed by Mike Doughty
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Tale of two Bills
3 July 2004 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

This is a slice-of-(police)-life drama, that doesn't take the "Hollywood cop movie" route of making the cops crooked. Nope, these cops are human. Bill Sage is great as Officer Morning, the slightly jaded cop taking Officer Francis (Bill Dewes) under his wing. Morning may act like an ass at times, and Francis too saintly, yet you never fail to believe that these two are each doing the right thing in their respective heads. Playing more like a series of vignettes (a la' 'Cops'), this film doesn't have a true plotline until late in the film. But that's just a minor quibble. As far as independent films go, this still remains one of the better ones that I've seen in a while.

My Grade: C

Where i Saw it: Sundance Channel

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