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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
65 ( 28)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some things never let us go.


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?


Jason James Richter previously guest starred on Rugrats (1991) while Natalie Morales went on to voice Betty DeVille in the revival. See more »


The position and quantity of black garbage bags used to "Move" Albert Sparma keep changing in the back of Deke's GMC truck. 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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I Will Follow Him
Music by Franck Pourcel and Paul Mauriat
French lyrics by Jacques Plante
English lyrics by Arthur Altman and Norman Gimbel
Performed by Peggy March (as Little Peggy March)
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Was expecting more out of this movie ....
31 January 2021 | by bobmcgloneSee all my reviews

I am a fan of all the actors in this movie ... especially Denzel, but the storyline was kind of dusty. Not much wow factor and not your typical Denzel movie - the acting was fine but the story was just ok.

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Release Date:

29 January 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,705,527, 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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