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Like Minds (2006)

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A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.


Gregory Read (as Gregory J. Read)


Gregory Read (as Gregory J. Read)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Redmayne ... Alex Forbes
Tom Sturridge ... Nigel Colbie
Toni Collette ... Sally Rowe
Richard Roxburgh ... Martin McKenzie
Kate Maberly ... Susan Mueller
Jon Overton Jon Overton ... Josh Campbell (as Jonathan Overton)
Amit Shah ... Raj Mehta
David Threlfall ... John Colbie
Cathryn Bradshaw ... Helen Colbie
Patrick Malahide ... Headmaster
Hugh Sachs Hugh Sachs ... Rev Donaldson
Liam McKenna Liam McKenna ... Mr Fergus
Bryan Robson Bryan Robson ... Mr Evans
Paul Sonkkila Paul Sonkkila ... Police Bureaucrat
Craig Crosbie Craig Crosbie ... Coroner


The forensic psychiatric Sally Rowe is called by Detective Martin Mackenzie to analyze the profile of the teenager Alex Forbes, who was found in a train station holding the body of his schoolmate Nigel Colby and with powder in his hand. Alex discloses his relationship with Nigel, who believes that they were descendants of the Templar Knights, and how Nigel used the power of his mind to control him. Mackenzie believes that Alex is the killer, but Susan investigates the family of Nigel under pressure of Alex's father, and finds that all of them belong to an ancient and powerful secret society. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two evil geniuses. Too brilliant to be caught. Except by each other. See more »


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Official Sites:

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Australia | UK



Release Date:

9 November 2006 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Murderous Intent See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 12,892 (Australia), 12 November 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


With the premise of what happens with two 'normal' psychopaths put together in the same close environment in mind, writer-director Gregory Read made his two leads, English public schoolboys, called Alex (Eddie Redmayne) and Nigel (Tom Sturridge), two adolescent psychopaths who are forced to share a boarding school bedroom, and who, despite initial displeasure in each other's company, come to unite in lethal ways. Read said: "To make the mix more potentially explosive I wrote them as very different types of psychopath, one obsessive, dark and morose (Nigel) and the other as intellectual, academic and more outgoing (Alex), making Alex the character which the audience could empathize with." See more »


When Alex reads Nigel's book and looks at Nigel's family tree, Nigel's last name is spelled Colbie. However, when he is reading the newspaper at the end, Nigel's name is spelled Colby. See more »


Josh Campbell: What do you propose we do, mein Führer?
Alex Forbes: Will you give it a fucking rest, please?
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Referenced in CASTING the boys (2006) See more »

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Destined for "cult film status"
1 March 2007 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

I got this DVD without knowing a thing about it, other than the fact that the cover art looked interesting, and it was an Australian production. What i saw was perhaps the most precisely weird film I have ever watched. And 'weird' is a good thing, in a time when seemingly everything has been done, and it is so hard to achieve originality. 17 year-old Alex discovers that a new guy has been placed in his dorm room at the private school which he attends. Nigel is quiet, cold, and has a preoccupation with history and pure blood lineage. He also has an obsession with dead things. He is into taxidermy, and spends most of his time gutting and stuffing animal carcasses in his room. This drives Alex crazy, however Nigel manages to insinuate himself into Alex's life, and the relationship that develops between these two guys is one of the strangest ones i have seen portrayed in cinema. Surprisingly Miramax has purchased the rights to this film. Surprisingly because, although "Like Minds" is a fine, and very special movie, it is doubtful that it will have a commercial success in the states, as it is just too dark, murky and off-beat for most mainstream movie-goers. It is also quite morbid. However i can see this one developing a cult following among fans of strange and sinister films. The cinematography is beautiful, and the scenes with Nigel and Alex are mesmerizing. There were of course, a few scenes that were not quite as effective. Mainly the ones that focused on Toni Collette's character, as a criminal psychologist. A couple scenes made the movie look like it might turn into another average murder mystery thriller. But those moments are few and far between, as the film refuses to be predictable, or normal in any way. The story becomes more bizarre, and more fascinating as it goes forward, and a couple plot twists really blew me away. And the character of Nigel, as portrayed by Tom Sturridge, was evil and menacing, and his pale, haunted look made for perfect casting. Eddie Redmayne as Alex was no less compelling. There were some really nice touches, and a couple tributes paid to other classic films about evil. Such as the rotweiller that protects Nigel, very much like the demonic dogs who protected Damian in the classic "Omen." And a grisly murder, featuring a young woman crucified with two rowing oars crossed. A similar ritual murder that featured in William Peter Blatty's 'Exorcist III." Oddly there is no one that the audience is urged to sympathize with, as both boys are very cold and unfriendly. Another fact that makes this so different from a Hollywood production. "Like Minds" is a very strange and unique film. I imagine that many people will hate this, and others, mainly those with a fixation on the darker sides of the human soul, will find it fascinating.

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