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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Did You Know?
, 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
's character is named "Katie Payton", but in the end credits is named "Katie Potter". See more
Where's the boy?
My, my! Must be extremely satisfying to hear yourself say something so heroic! I'm almost envious. The boy's in pieces under the bed.
The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more
References Deep Red
The Night Is for Dreamers
Written by Robert Williams
Performed by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Courtesy of Yep Roc Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group See more