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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 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 »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Face Oculta de 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dane Cook only had to read half the script to decide he wanted to play Mr Smith. See more »

Goofs

In the photos Mr. Brooks receives, in which he is closing the curtains, the bodies behind him are already in their posed positions. 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 »

Connections

References Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Transgression
Composed by Burton C. Bell, Raymond Herrera, Christian Olde Wolbers
Performed by Fear Factory
Courtesy of Liquid 8
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Nice alternative to the torture flick du jour
23 May 2007 | by mrmatt14See all my reviews

I saw the trailer for this one, and thought it was an interesting premise, but Costner movies are so hit or miss. He's the LAST person on earth that I'd expect to be playing a serial killer. His demeanor is too gentle and even. WOW was I right, and that's what makes the movie. That slow, gentle, deliberate pace gives it a surreal sense of unease that a lesser actor couldn't match. It is exactly his everyman persona that makes this movie work.

In the tone of the movie, I was thrown by Costner's previous work as well. He's best known for somewhat light and under-realized fare. Mr. Brooks is anything but. This is a very, very dark movie, to the point that it's uncomfortable in places.

Kudos as well to William Hurt, who isn't known for playing this sort of role either. His character could easily descend into cliché, but it doesn't. He holds the right note, and the chemistry between him and Costner is tangible.

Over the top torture/gorefests have been the flavor of the month. Don't get me wrong -- I love High Tension and it's ilk, but it's nice to see a film that doesn't have to go for the visceral reaction to achieve it's tension. This is an assault to the mind, not the eyes, and it's exceptionally well done.


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