When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Perhaps they are not random at all. The last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him, his past mistakes haunt him, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while the case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection ...
Sujit R. Varma
27 August 2004 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $3,446,375,
29 August 2004, Wide Release
Gross USA: $8,725,813
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $2,650,407
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Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
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, Tom Cruise
and Ben Affleck
were all said to have expressed interest in appearing in the project in the late 1990s. Cruise eventually took up a position as producer on the project instead, but he asked to have his name removed from the credits just prior to release. See more
As Agent Mackelway follows the patient that asked him about the 50-foot fish, he, Mackelway, puts some paper into his left jacket pocket. When the shot changes, he's holding the paper in his right hand. At the next shot, the paper is gone. See more
I know what you're thinking. "Pain is coming. Will I take it like a man?" Well, let me put you at ease. You won't - but none of them do. Men, women, children, they all weep, they all beg, they pass out, they piss themselves, they attempt negotiation. You wouldn't believe how many men I've seen lying right where you're lying right now, grown men with wives and children at home, offering all kinds of sexual gratification for a five-minute reprieve. It's pathetic.
The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more
Written by Miranda Lee Richards
, Rick Parker, Charles Mehling
and Geoff Siegel
Performed by Miranda Lee Richards
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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