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Blue Smoke (2007)

Detective Reena Hale (Witt) is revisited by the stalker who traumatized her years ago by offing any man she fell in love with.

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David Carson

Writers:

Ronni Kern (teleplay), Nora Roberts (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Witt ... Reena Hale
Scott Bakula ... John Minger
Matthew Settle ... Bo Goodnight
Talia Shire ... Bianca Hale
Eric Keenleyside ... Gib Hale
John Reardon ... Josh
Benjamin Ayres ... Hugh (as Ben Ayres)
Chris Fassbender Chris Fassbender ... Joey Pastorelli Jr.
Taylor Dauphinais Taylor Dauphinais ... Young Reena
David Lawrence Brown ... Joe Pastorelli Sr. (as David Brown)
Liam Nelson ... Young Joey Pastorelli Jr.
Rod Heatherington Rod Heatherington ... Steve
Chad Nobert ... Xander Hale
Peter Skagen ... FBI Agent
Daniela Vlaskalic Daniela Vlaskalic ... Fran Hale
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Storyline

Watching her family's pizzeria Sirico's burning up when a young girl, Reena Hale decided to follow in the footsteps of Baltimore PD- Fire department liaison, investigator John Minger, and succeeds, except in her parents' case. twice she finds a dream lover, each killed in a fire just before he would propose to her. Hugh's case is clearly arson, and later Josh's is found also to link, the killer even left clues to link to Siricos. Her third lover and neighbor, Bo Goodnight, soon proves the next target, but not the last. Written by KGF Vissers

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Based on the novel by best selling author Nora Roberts


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nora Roberts' Blue Smoke See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

No legitimate firefighter training center anywhere in America would be open long if the "graduation exercise" they had in their burn building included potentially deadly traps. Yet the lead character runs into at least TWO traps that had potential to be deadly. See more »

Quotes

Joey Pastorelli Jr.: I know you haven't stopped thinking of me
Reena Hale: Actually I haven't given you a second thought
Joey Pastorelli Jr.: [snaps] I Don't Believe That
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slow functional TV thriller
26 September 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Catarina 'Reena' Hale (Alicia Witt) is working towards being a fire investigator. She's been obsessed with fire ever since her family bar burned up when she was young. John Minger (Scott Bakula) is her mentor since that fateful day. The angry father of the neighborhood bully was arrested. At college, she's taken with boyfriend Josh Bolton but he dies in a fire. Her next boyfriend Hugh is killed in an explosion with a ring in his pocket. She moves into a house next to eager Bo Goodnight who professes his love. She gets a call from her stalker hinting at the previous incidents. She fears the next target will be Bo.

It's a slow but functional TV thriller. It needs much better style to intensify the story. Witt is capable but she doesn't get much of a chance. The fire story allows for some explosions but they're not particularly impressive or thrilling. It may be OK for a crime TV drama but it's a bit stretched out.


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