Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.

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Renny Harlin

Writers:

Wayne Kramer (story), Wayne Kramer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Eion Bailey ... Bobby Whitman
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Vince Sherman
Will Kemp ... Rafe Perry
Val Kilmer ... Jake Harris
Jonny Lee Miller ... Lucas Harper
Kathryn Morris ... Sara Moore
Christian Slater ... J.D. Reston
LL Cool J ... Gabe Jensen (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Patricia Velasquez ... Nicole Willis
Cassandra Bell ... Jen
Daniël Boissevain Daniël Boissevain ... Second Man in the Bar
Antonie Kamerling ... Man in the Bar (as Anthone Kamerling)
Jasmine Sendar ... Friend of Jen
Trevor White ... Attacker
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Storyline

On a remote island, the FBI has a training program for their psychological profiling division, called "Mindhunters", used to track down serial killers. The training goes horribly wrong, however, when a group of seven young agents discover that one of them is a serial killer, and is setting about slaying the others. Can the few that are left figure out who the killer is in time? Written by austin4577@aol.com

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For seven elite profilers, finding a serial killer is a process of elimination. Their own.

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/strong graphic images, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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The Hague School was externally transformed into the FBI Academy. The changes included the stars and stripes being attached to the front of the school and a large fence was fabricated. This fence established a perimeter at the entrance with two FBI sentry shelters. See more »

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When Gabe is held captive, the handcuffs disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
J.D.: How about I drive, huh?
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Second Man in the Bar - Daniël Boissevain See more »

Alternate Versions

Certain international DVD distributors included deleted scenes not seen in the original theatrical release, which provides more character development and makes the film more complete. There are numerous sequences and the major ones are noted as follows:
  • "Sara's Regret" - This scene expanded upon how vulnerable Sara Moore (played by Kathryn Morris) was. The FBI agent's character is developed further. The setting has the agent behind a desk after cracking under the pressure of an intense field assignment. The scene is introspective in nature.
  • "The Instructor's Office" - The scene is set in the FBI instructor's office for the character Jake Harris played by Val Kilmer. Harris speaks with Sara played by Kathryn Morris and J.D. Reston played by Christian Slater. The verbal communication between Harris and J.D. is professional and almost military in nature, but it is clear that Harris has doubts related to Sara's performance. The performance review is completed and in the process a caustic exchange transpires in which Harris directly questions her ability. This establishes Sara's potential motive.
  • "Ride Along" - In a scene on the helicopter pad at the FBI training complex, Gabe Jensen played by LL Cool J and Jake Harris played by Val Kilmer speak in a caustic capacity before any of the agents arrive. Harris is ordered by his superiors to allow Gabe Jensen to observe his class and teaching methods. In this exchange Harris and Jensen makes their feelings plainly clear. This established a potential motive for both Jensen and Harris.
  • "Rappelling" - In a brief scene in the film personnel are seen rappelling out of a helicopter and securing a hot landing zone during a training exercise. This scene set the stage for later in the film when Harris tells his class to get their rappelling lines out of the back of the helicopter when nearing Oniega. The joke then seems more intense and relevant.
  • "The ending" - Several variations of the ending were filmed. One of them included Jake Harris (Val Kilmer) and numerous others included modified character development from the final theatrical ending.
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Connections

Version of Bloodlust! (1961) See more »

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You Can't Hold Me Down
Written by Geoff Wilkinson (as G. Wilkinson), M. Wadell and Cannonball Adderley (as N. Adderley)
Performed by Us3
Courtesy of Universal International Music, BV under license from Universal Music Enterprises and Us3
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Mindhunters: Smart little thriller
16 April 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Mindhunters is one of those movies that's been on my watchlist forever, over the years its just managed to consistently evade me. Now I've seen it however, the wait was worth it.

This thriller starring Johnny Lee Miller, L L Cool J and Val Kilmer tells the story of several FBI agents going on a mock assignment on a secluded island in hopes of pleasing their tutor and getting the desired profiler job of their dreams. However shortly after arriving things suddenly get a tad too real.

I'll be honest even though its been on my watchlist for so long I didn't actually know what it was. For some reason I thought it was a sci-fi with a name like that, whereas it is in fact a fairly smart little thriller.

A blend of SAW (2004) and your standard police drama it's an entertaining little movie that is well written, well constructed and certainly not take your brain out viewing.

Sadly it's not without its flaws but it's still a lot of fun and a demonstration that once upon a time Hollywood did know how to do original old school style movies before they so very badly lost their way.

Fun little movie.

The Good:

Fairly smart

Cast are on point

Old school feel

The Bad:

Feels like its missing something

Film could have done with a higher running time


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Netherlands | UK | Finland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,000,000, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$4,480,744

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,148,829
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