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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:

In the Heat of Fire See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color (FotoKem)

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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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Stretches credibility .......
15 December 2007 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Point of Origin" may or may not take liberties with the facts. It is supposedly based on a true story, however it definitely takes liberties with the audience. What is shown to be real, is then flip flopped in the audiences mind to justify an ending that was not quite satisfying. Ray Liotta gives a good performance as do the supporting cast, and as entertainment the film succeeds. It does leave some questions that nag at the viewer, which drags the total movie down a notch. The rapid fire effects are another negative as they become redundant after awhile. My conclusion is that this could have been a better movie if it played on a more level field with the audience, and the fire effects were toned down. Marginally recommended. - MERK


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