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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

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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Taglines:

Sometimes, the man who has everything... has everything to hide. 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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a conversation between director Bruce A. Evans and actor Kevin Costner, 'Mr. Brooks' was one of the best scripts Costner had ever read. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Brooks kills his first victims, his gun is not fired at all: There's no breach of the plastic bag from the first shot, no movement of the bag from neither the slide moving nor the shell casing being ejected or movement of the slide at all, so the flash from the gun is obviously CGI. And the shell casings would have been so hot they would have melted through the plastic bag and dropped to the floor. 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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Crazy Credits

A thumbprint forms the backdrop for the end credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in On the Set of 'Mr. Brooks' (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Transgression
Composed by Burton C. Bell, Raymond Herrera, Christian Olde Wolbers
Performed by Fear Factory
Courtesy of Liquid 8
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Costner Worthy of Oscar Nomination
20 February 2008 | by alexkolokotronisSee all my reviews

For now I will review the movie overall. This movie has some both good and bad parts to it. The good parts of it were the writing, William Hurt and Kevin Costner. The bad were Demi Moore and Dane Cook.

When I watched movie it was not really what I expected. It had some other elements to it such as Kevin Costner's thought process and his family. The idea of putting William Hurt in this movie was great and very creative casting him as Kevin Costner's mind. This was very original in many way and displayed something different and unique that has not been really shown in serial killer movies.

The best part of this movie was Kevin Costner's performance. His performance was probably the most unique and different compare to other serial killer movies, making his character realistic. The movie was mostly based and revolved around him it allowed for his character to develop and open up. He showed something that I would never expect from Kevin Costner. He was perfect fit because he displayed exactly how many psychopaths are: intelligent, calm and precise. He also fit perfectly because it actually made sense that someone with a personality and status like Costner's could actually be like a Jack the Ripper sort of person. He displayed how he is fighting himself(William Hurt) on whether he should kill or not. But like most psychopaths it eventually becomes repetitive and automatic. He had this obsessive compulsion of just killing people. Costner shows how he is in constant pain and just cannot escape his temptations and paranoia. It was really amazing watching him and William Hurt together. I think the ending perfectly illustrated his performance.

What really ruined this movie was Demi Moore. She just did not bring anything at all to this story. She did not seem into the character and was just too average. Dane Cook was just really not a fit at all. When I look at him I think comedy. He was not too convincing and kind weirded me out the wrong way. That could be a good thing though.

Believe or not this movie does have a message showing how are temptations can eventually take over us if we give into them. It shows by giving in you are really going for the quick fix and not thinking long term.


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