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Safe Harbor (2006)

Partnered now for two years, Portland Police Detectives Carly Sagan and Joe Avery head to a child refuge named Safe Harbor for their next case. The center is owned by wealthy Olivia Wyatt, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracey Gold ... Carly Sagan
Steve Bacic ... Sam Wyatt
Mitchell Kosterman ... Joe Avery
Daryl Shuttleworth ... Lt. Neal Munroe
Pamela Perry Pamela Perry ... Olivia Wyatt
Stacy Grant ... Julia Thorpe
Scott Heindl ... Ray Oakum
Lucia Walters ... Livingstone
Jody Racicot ... Daz Cobair
Lisa Skinner Lisa Skinner ... Mother (as Lisa Michelle Skinner)
Elizabeth Smyth Elizabeth Smyth ... Carly's Mother (as Elizabeth Smythe)
John Emmet Tracy ... Carly's Father
Richard Faraci Richard Faraci ... Behmoth
Darren Boquist Darren Boquist ... Uniform Cop
Justin Callan Justin Callan ... Little Boy


Partnered now for two years, Portland Police Detectives Carly Sagan and Joe Avery head to a child refuge named Safe Harbor for their next case. The center is owned by wealthy Olivia Wyatt, while Julia Thorpe handles the administration of the center and Olivia's foundation. A woman's strangled dead body is found on the center's grounds, with a crudely painted satanic drawing next to the body. The detectives will eventually learn the woman was a former Safe Harbor resident whose life did not take a turn for the better after she left the center. Hers will only be the first of several murdered females, all strangled, all found on the Safe Harbor grounds, all with a connection to Safe Harbor, and all with the same crudely painted satanic figure next to the body. Although they consider each other friends, it isn't until this case that Carly divulges to Joe that she was a former resident of Safe Harbor herself, from age twelve to sixteen, as her abusive father murdered her mother before her ... Written by Huggo

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5 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Le poids du passé See more »

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A Not-Too-Difficult-to-Solve Whodunit
2 July 2018 | by romanorum1See all my reviews

At the beginning, when Portland police conduct a successful raid on some nefarious folks, we are introduced to detectives Carly Sagan (Tracey Gold) and her partner Joe Avery (Mitchell Kosterman). They have worked together for two years, although it is apparent that Carly likes to march to the beat of her own drum.

Our protagonists are called in to Safe Harbor, a refuge for abused young adolescents ages 12-16. The haven is owned by wealthy Olivia Wyatt (Pamela Perry). Her assistant is quirky Julia Thorpe (Stacy Grant), who seems to harbor a secret (no pun intended). Wyatt's son Sam (Steve Bacic), an investment broker, is an old friend of Carly. Anyway, a woman's strangled body is found on the harbor's grounds, with a painted red satanic image on the wall next to the body. After investigating, it is found that the young woman was a previous resident of the center. Tracking down the leads points to a previous maintenance man of the harbor, Ray Oakum (Scott Heindl). When the detectives confront him, he shoots his way out. We don't get to see much of him again until well into the second part.

Soon there is another strangled body with a red satanic image, and also another suspect, weird artist Daz Cobair (Jody Racicot). Meanwhile we discover that Carly was once a resident at Safe Harbor; she had witnessed her crazy father shoot her mother to death before turning his pistol on himself. Evidence begins to pile up against Oakum, especially after he has apparently been blackmailing Mrs. Wyatt ($75,000 in three payments) for hiring him in the first place. Julia Thorpe was really responsible for Oakum's hiring (and has obviously been protecting him). Having been imprisoned as a pedophile, he has a criminal background. Revealing this information publicly would have a negative effect on the school. Sam Wyatt has advised his mother to call Oakum's bluff, not to pay the bribe. But in the course of the film, it is revealed that most of the former residents of Safe Harbor matured poorly (into drug pushers, prostitutes, and never-do-well types). Then Mrs. Wyatt herself is found strangled.

This writer has taken you through most of the movie and will stop here so as to preclude any spoilers in the denouement. But there is a dialog involving Carly and another person past the half-way mark that reveals an important clue. See if you can find it.

The movie is not particularly suspenseful, but it is watchable. TV movie was filmed in Vancouver and in British Columbia, Canada.

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