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Point of Origin (2002)

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Fact-based drama about an arson investigator (Ray Liotta) searching for the perpetrator of a string of deadly fires in 1980s California.

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Matthew Tabak
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... John Orr / Aaron Stiles
John Leguizamo ... Keith Lang
Colm Feore ... Mike Matassa
Cliff Curtis ... Mike Camello
Bai Ling ... Wanda Orr
Illeana Douglas ... Kate
Ronny Cox ... Chief Gray
Mike Camello Mike Camello ... Glen Lucero
Nora Zehetner ... Trish
Sophia Bush ... Carrie Orr
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Stella Cove (as Sandy Gimpel)
Miles Schneider Miles Schneider ... Kenny
Ingrid Rogers ... Ambria
Maree Cheatham ... Gabby Finn
Graham Beckel ... Clarence Hyde
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Fact-based drama about an arson investigator (Ray Liotta) searching for the perpetrator of a string of deadly fires in 1980s California.

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When fire becomes an obsession... truth becomes stranger than fiction.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Point of Origin See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During filming in the hardware store set, located behind Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel, a special effects technician suffered first and second degree burns over 40 percent of his body. See more »

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Hard to believe it was THAT good
16 July 2003 | by secretagent_007See all my reviews

At first glance it's just a movie of the week. It's true that it was one of HBO's original movies, but to call it a movie of the week would be to limit it to a group of movies with hackneyed plots, weak actors, and clueless directors. Point of Origin is so much more than those terrible excuses for entertainment.

The story concerns an arson investigator (Ray Liotta) and his protege (John Leguizamo) who are investigating a particularly nasty string of arson fires. Those of you who remember the news of the incident this film is based on might see the story coming, but most people will not simply because it is too outlandish to be true. But it IS.

What grabbed me most in this movie were the two lead performances by Leguizamo and Liotta as well as a directorial vision that is on the verge of brilliance. Every creative decision made in this movie had a very specific goal. Pay close attention to the palette of colors used. Much of the movie is made up completely of black, white, and orange. Special effects are used to great effect in putting the audience and the characters "inside" the fires they are investigating. As far as TV movies go, this one was truly refreshing.


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