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The Little Things (2021)

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Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city.


John Lee Hancock
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Joe 'Deke' Deacon
Rami Malek ... Jim Baxter
Jared Leto ... Albert Sparma
Chris Bauer ... Detective Sal Rizoli
Michael Hyatt ... Flo Dunigan
Terry Kinney ... LASD Captain Carl Farris
Natalie Morales ... Detective Jamie Estrada
Isabel Arraiza ... Ana Baxter
Joris Jarsky ... Detective Sergeant Rogers
Glenn Morshower ... Captain Henry Davis
Sofia Vassilieva ... Tina Salvatore
Jason James Richter ... Detective Williams
John Harlan Kim ... Officer Henderson
Frederick Koehler ... Stan Peters
Judith Scott ... Marsha


Deke (Denzel Washington), a burnt-out Kern County, CA deputy sheriff teams up with Baxter (Rami Malek), a crack LASD detective, to nab a serial killer. Deke's nose for the "little things" proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past. Written by cochiseledoux

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent/disturbing images, language and full nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In one scene as Joe Deacon leaves the AJAX rental car parking lot, you can see a billboard that shows the advertisement for The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) The film was released on December 21, 1990, a few days before Christmas. See more »


Kids can be seen playing a Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet when Deke enters the mini-mart. The film was set in 1990, while Mortal Kombat was not released until two years later, in 1992. See more »


Jim Baxter: I can assure you all, we are taking a 24/7, all-hands-on-deck approach to this case. These cases.
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Watch for the great actors
7 February 2021 | by pirzadajSee all my reviews

There was no way I was going to skip this movie with the great actors in it. That being said, I could only give it a 6 because the story/script wasn't worth much more than that. The ending is not your classic ending, which would have been fine with a great story/script, but since it wasn't, the ending was underwhelming. Still though, I got some enjoyment out of the actors.

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Release Date:

29 January 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,700,000, 31 January 2021

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gran Via, Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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