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The Riverman (2004)

A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.

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Bill Eagles

Writers:

Tom Towler (teleplay), Robert D. Keppel (based on "The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer" by) (as Robert D. Keppel Ph. D.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Greenwood ... Robert Keppel
Sam Jaeger ... Dave Reichert
Sarah Manninen ... Georgia Hawkins
Kathleen Quinlan ... Sande Keppel
Cary Elwes ... Ted Bundy
David Lawrence Brown ... Gary Ridgway (as Dave Brown)
Jeremy Akerman ... LT. Downing
Cindy Sampson ... Marisol
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Warden Owens
Mark Graham Mark Graham ... Roger
John Dunsworth ... Haney
Sherry Smith Sherry Smith ... Hazel
Lee J. Campbell Lee J. Campbell ... Arthur
Leah Ostry ... Ally Keppel
Colin Rogers Colin Rogers ... John Keppel
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A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.

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To catch a killer. You must understand evil. Or be evil.


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Rated R for some disturbing violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

6 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dans la peau du tueur See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Based on the best-selling book, "The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer" by Robert Keppel See more »

Quotes

Robert Keppel: If you know someone, someone close to you and you put together all the pieces; all the laughter and the tears and the silences all the deep telling moments of their life then, well then you can inhabit them and feel part of them. But if you've known someone with a soul dark, so terrifying and you've crawled into every foul corner they think they've hidden from you and you've inhabited them... How do you... How do you come back? Can you return to how you used to be?
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Shades of other films, but a distinct style of its own
7 September 2004 | by inkburnedSee all my reviews

One thing I noticed about this movie almost immediately was the similarities between it and Silence of the Lambs. The theme of the detective going to one serial killer in order to penetrate the mind of another serial killer is present within both films, but after that the similarities begin to dissipate. Bruce Greenwood as Robert Keppel allows his character to have faults and use at least some of them to his advantage. Cary Elwes is almost unrecognizable in his nuanced performance as Ted Bundy.

For me, the direction left nothing to be desired. Although movies and novels about murderers and serial killers are a dime a dozen these days (check the blurbs on the back of the paperback novels in the 'book' section of your grocery store, if it has one) 'The Riverman' adds some unexpected details that added depth to the characters and their story. There are glimpses into the minds of Bundy and Keppel throughout the movie, and I was pleased to see how they compared and overlapped. The energy was not as frantic as some cop shows make the serial killer chase out to be, but there was still a sense of urgency and electricity underlying the interactions between Bundy, Keppel, and the young detective Dave Reichert who tries his best to do the job right. The control and fresh take on this piece take it above and beyond the rest of the TV movies I've seen, and there have been a lot of them.

Four and a half out of five.


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