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Borderline (2002)

Lila, a prison psychiatrist, loses custody over her 2 daughters in connection with a divorce. The ex and his girlfriend are murdered. Is one of Lila's ex-patients behind it? Is she? What does Lila's police detective S.O. think?

Director:

Evelyn Purcell (as Evelyn Maude Purcell)

Writer:

David Loucka
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Gershon ... Dr. Lila Coletti
Michael Biehn ... Det. Macy Kobacek
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Ed Baikman
Natasha Napoli Natasha Napoli ... Rebecca Coletti
Daniela Napoli Daniela Napoli ... Sarah Coletti
Eddie Driscoll ... Det. Frank Hagen
Nick Boraine ... Paul Coletti
Caitlin Frewen Caitlin Frewen ... Young Lila
Jennifer Steyn Jennifer Steyn ... Peggy Butler
Jon Huertas ... Ciro Ruiz
Carolyn Balogh Carolyn Balogh ... Jenny Kemp
Debbie Brown Debbie Brown ... Carla Baikman
Rae Allen ... Dr. Alma Burke
Millard Arnold Millard Arnold ... Dr. Tony Parrish
Douglas Bristow Douglas Bristow ... Martin Coletti
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Storyline

Psychiatrist Dr. Lila Colleti is divorcing her husband and is devastated when he wins custody of their two little girls, whom he gets largely because Lila's job, being a psychiatrist for the criminally insane at the local prison, is a potentially dangerous one that forces her to keep long, erratic hours. When one of Lila's patients, Ed Baikman, is released into a half-way house, he decides under the delusional influence of his psychosis to help her out by murdering her ex-husband and his girlfriend, and then threatening to tell the cops they'd planned it together when she refuses to become romantically involved with him. Though Lila's lover, police detective Macy Kobacek, stands by her loyally, Baikman does such an ingenious job of implicating Lila in the crime that even Macy begins to have his doubts about Lila's innocence. Written by Kyle Reese

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Taglines:

Passion. Guilt. Justice.

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al borde de la locura See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Noth was originally going to play Michael Biehn's role. See more »

Quotes

Det. Macy Kobacek: What can you tell me about, uh, this Ciro Ruiz?
Dr. Lila Coletti: It's not him.
Det. Macy Kobacek: He's got the hots for you. He was over here, right? Painting or something?
Dr. Lila Coletti: You're jealous.
Det. Macy Kobacek: No, it was just a little creepy listening to that group of rapists and murders tell me how great they think you are.
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Bar Score
Written by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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Decent low budget fare

Borderline plays around with the grey areas of the human mind that control impulse, empathy and rational thinking, showing (albeit in slightly stunted and blunt B movie form) us a recently released psychiatric patient with Borderline Personality Disorder who becomes obsessed with bis former doctor. Gina Gershon is Lila Coletti, a prison psychiatrist who is very good at her job. Maybe too good. When she sanctions the release of Ed Baikman (Sean Patrick Flanery), she has no idea the heap of trouble she's headed for. Ed is anything but rehabilitated, just a charmer who's great at disguising his instability. Pretty soon people in Lila's life start to get mysteriously injured, and even killed. She is protected by her boyfriend, Detective Macy Kobacek (a slick Michael Biehn), but it may not be enough to put a stop to Ed's crafty, dangerous game. Gershon has always been a strong force, despite being saddled with a lot of... I don't want to use the M word, but let's say, promiscuous roles. She holds her own as a lead female protagonist in a real world context even better, and I wish she'd get more roles like this. Flanery is creepy without resorting to gimmicky grimacing or run of the mill psycho stuff. Biehn is Biehn, he's just a legend in any role. Most of the acting besides those three is pretty patchy, but one can only hope for so much with this kind of low budget fare. Worth it for fans of these actors (they're all favesies of mine), and a not too shabby little thriller.


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