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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Orr / Aaron Stiles
... Keith Lang
... Mike Matassa
... Mike Camello
... Wanda Orr
... Kate
... Chief Gray
Mike Camello ... Glen Lucero
... Trish
... Carrie Orr
... Stella Cove (as Sandy Gimpel)
Miles Schneider ... Kenny
... Ambria
... Gabby Finn
... 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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22 June 2002 (USA)  »

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In the Heat of Fire  »

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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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Oscar winner, no. Interesting true story, yes.
8 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This effort is worth 90 minutes of your life. As fiction, no, but as a true story, yes. An arsonist is on the loose and the investigation leads to an unlikely suspect. This old Hollywood line ties into the ending. I will leave it there.

Ray Liotta and John Leguizamo are the focus characters and lesser actors would have made this less interesting.

Other comments saying the story doesn't tie together neatly ignore the fact that real crime seldom is neatly packaged. Juries often convict(correctly) on evidence which doesn't all fit into place. Hollywood needs tidiness but the truth often is less than what Hollywood needs.

It's lurid enough to keep the under 35 crowd awake and thoughtful enough to keep the rest of us thinking.

I remember when Wayne Williams was arrested for serial murders in Atlanta. The number of similar murders dropped to near zero when he was put in prison.


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