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Citizen Jane (2009)

Jane Alexander, an attractive, athletic San Francisco woman, is enjoying a comfortable life in Pacific Heights with the man she loves, handsome, charismatic Tom O'Donnell. Jane's idyllic ... See full summary »

Director:

Armand Mastroianni

Writers:

James Dalessandro (teleplay), James Dalessandro (earlier teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ally Sheedy ... Jane Alexander
Meat Loaf ... Detective Jack Morris (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Nia Peeples ... Evelyn
Robert Curtis Brown ... Vaughn
Jon Polito ... Detective Romer
Anne De Salvo ... Prosecutor Joyce Saldano
Chuck McCann ... Judge Thomas
Patty McCormack ... Gertrude McCabe
Andrew Patrick Ralston ... District Attorney Adam McArthur
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Tom O'Donnell
Al Rodrigo ... Jim Rhode
Michael P. Nash ... Henry Carmichael
Eileen Grubba ... Margaret Wilson
Jimmy Bridges ... Officer Cahill (as James Bridges)
Frank Pesce ... Virgil Jackman
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Storyline

Jane Alexander, an attractive, athletic San Francisco woman, is enjoying a comfortable life in Pacific Heights with the man she loves, handsome, charismatic Tom O'Donnell. Jane's idyllic life is shattered when her beloved Aunt Gertrude McCabe is brutally murdered in San Jose. Jane's heartbreak turns to horror when a brilliant police detective, Jack Morris, finally convinces her that the killer is none other than her beloved boyfriend, Tom O'Donnell. Jane embarks on an epic journey to track down and convict the wily and resourceful O'Donnell, astonishing both police and prosecutors for her shrewdness and tenacity. Written by James Dalessandro

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az önjelölt nyomozónő See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Alexander formed Citizens Against Homicide while working in this case which has helped put many criminal behind bars since its formation. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Askew Procedural
13 September 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This movie, based upon real-life events, starts off slowly, with some lovely switches, as bad guys turn into good guys and good guys into bad. Interestingly enough, the only character that is more than sketched in by the end of the movie is that of the killer. Although all the performances are fine, particularly Meat Loaf as the investigating detective -- much to my surprise -- a story line that turns into a rather straightforward "How to Prove It" in the second half stops this from being more than a well-turned variant of a police procedural as executed by an amateur.

In terms of construction, it is just as well that this has the advantage -- or perhaps excuse -- of being based on reality. The whole issue is fixed by a piece of last-minute evidence that is submitted in court: life, unlike fiction, need not, I suppose, obey rules.


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