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Dark Exposures (2004)

Detective Tom Bennet takes a case from a knockout dame to pay the rent. What he finds makes him a witness to a murder.


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Credited cast:
Jeffrey Ashkin Jeffrey Ashkin ... Thug #2 / Sam Chase
James Dastoli James Dastoli ... Street Extra #2 / Diner Extra
Robert Dastoli Robert Dastoli ... Street Extra #3
Meredith Engstrom Meredith Engstrom ... Laura (voice)
Murray Krasnoff Murray Krasnoff ... Ted Ashby
Justin Lader ... Thug #1 / Street Extra #1
Maria Paris ... Susan Ashby
Christy Rubenstein Christy Rubenstein ... Stand In for Maria Paris as Susan Ashby
Dominick Vicchiullo ... Tom Bennet
Frances Welford Frances Welford ... Lyn Chase


Tom Bennet is looking for a case to pay his rent. What steps into this private dick's office is a knockout dame whose dough leads Bennet to witness a murder. He finds out she isn't who she says she is, but before he can do anything about it, he gets black jacked and brought in by her husband: the murderer Bennet was looking for. Written by Robert Dastoli and James Dastoli

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He took the case. He took the pictures. But he wouldn't take the fall. See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery | Short



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Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Orlando, Florida, USA See more »

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Dastoli Digital See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A very nice Film Noir-like short
24 September 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short film was recently posted on IMDb as part of a beta program to allow users in the United States to watch movies, TV shows and shorts. Whether or not you will be able to see this short on IMDb has a lot to do with licensing, though I am pretty sure it's available other places as well.

This film is very similar in style to a 1940s Film Noir film--in particular, a Humphrey Bogart film. Though there are many parallels to THE MALTESE FALCON or THE BIG SLEEP, the film makers made the right choices by not trying to recreate these classic tales nor did they have the lead actor do an imitation of Bogart. Instead, it is more inspired by these stories. Generally, they handled the look well--with the Fedora hats, suits, etc. though the one guy near the end had a modern goatee--something you never would have seen in these 40s films. Despite this very minor detail, the rest of the story is excellent and very watchable with a professional style about it you don't always find in shorts these days. Give it a look.

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