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Mr. Brooks (2007)

A well-respected businessman is sometimes controlled by his murder and mayhem-loving alter ego.

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Bruce A. Evans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Mr. Earl Brooks
Demi Moore ... Det. Tracy Atwood
Dane Cook ... Mr. Smith
William Hurt ... Marshall
Marg Helgenberger ... Emma Brooks
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Hawkins
Danielle Panabaker ... Jane Brooks
Aisha Hinds ... Nancy Hart
Lindsay Crouse ... Captain Lister
Jason Lewis ... Jesse Vialo
Reiko Aylesworth ... Sheila - Jesse's Lawyer
Matt Schulze ... Thorton Meeks
Yasmine Delawari ... Sunday
Thunderbird Dinwiddie ... Sarah Leaves (as Traci Dinwiddie)
Michael Cole ... Atwood's Lawyer
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Storyline

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. Written by garykmcd

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A crime is only as perfect as the mind behind it. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Brooks See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,067, 3 June 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,476,219, 12 August 2007
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Costner, as Mr. Brooks, is reading a paper in a diner, the newspaper - USA Today - has only the headlines and first few lines written in English, the rest is in Latin. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Brooks tells Mr. Smith that he left his DNA, in his urine, at the murder scene. However, urine is sterile, it does not contain DNA. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Earl Brooks: [voice-over] Oh God... God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Marshall: [voice-over] Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
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A thumbprint forms the backdrop for the end credits. See more »


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Vicious Traditions
Composed by Finn Andrews
Performed by The Veils
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Horror thriller about an elegant psycho-killer well performed by Kevin Costner
17 July 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture starts with some phrases as : ¨The hunger has returned to Mr Brooks' brain. It never really left ¨. Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner , also producer along with Jim Wilson) is a highly respected family man , successful manager and happily married ( to Marg Helgenberger of CSI). He was recently named Portland's Man of the Year though hides a horrible secret nevertheless : he is a schizophrenic serial killer with a creepy charm , murdering people in cold blood and known as the Thumbprint Killer. Sicko Mr Brooks has kept his addiction to killing under control for previous years now but his alter ego (William Hurt) has re-appeared and is pushed at the behest of his demented character to murder again . Mr. Brooks has a paternal despair about his teen daughter (Danielle Panbaker) that his so-called evil have passed on her . When he murders a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by a viewer (Dane Cook ). In a parallel story, the police Inspector (Demi Moore) investigating the killings is having problems of her own. She is going through a troubled divorce ( to Jason Lewis) and a violent criminal (Matt Schulze)who had vowed avenge some time before has broke out from jail and is after her.

This intriguing film pack suspense , thrills , tension and some of violence and gore . Good performances from Kevin Costner who relishes his character as relentless non-emoting killer and William Hurt as his demented alter ego . Furthermore Demi Moore is very good as intrepid police detective with messy relationship to her ex-husband . This pseudo-Freudian criminal story is plenty of twists and turns and results to be pretty interesting . Suspenseful musical score by Ramin Djawadi and glamorous cinematography by John Lindley . The motion picture is professionally directed by Bruce A Evans . He is a good writer (nominated to Oscar for Stand by me ), producer (Assassins, Made in heaven, Starman) and occasionally director , this one his second film , the first was Kuffs . The picture will appeal to Kevin Costner and Demi Moore fans . Rating : Good , better than average . Well worth watching .


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