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The Front (2010)

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A detective in a Boston suburb is assigned by his female district attorney to reopen an old murder case, which throws his life into grave peril.


Tom McLoughlin


John Pielmeier (teleplay), Patricia Cornwell (novel)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andie MacDowell ... Monique Lamont
Daniel Sunjata ... Win Garano
Ashley Williams ... Stump
Joe Grifasi ... Mr. Zeffirelli
Dane DeHaan ... Cal Tradd
Diahann Carroll ... Nana
Zak Santiago ... Roy
Patricia Cornwell ... Waitress
Stephanie Crosby Stephanie Crosby ... Newscaster
Zoe Doyle ... Nurse #2 (as Zoé Doyle)
Rothaford Gray ... Detective #1
Staci Gruber ... Bartender
Quancetia Hamilton Quancetia Hamilton ... Aide
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A detective in a Boston suburb is assigned by his female district attorney to reopen an old murder case, which throws his life into grave peril.

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Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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The blond waitress in the beginning who says "Your table is ready Ns. Lamont" is Patricia Cornwell, the author. She also appears in the 1st part of this series "At Risk" See more »

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lesser police drama
12 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In Boston, a killer is on the loose and possibly copying the Strangler. Police detective Win Garano (Daniel Sunjata) takes on the case since his grandmother lives nearby. District Attorney Monique Lamont (Andie MacDowell) is politically ambitious and running for re-election. She assigns the one-legged Stump (Ashley Williams) to be his partner. Stump had helped found FRONT, a neighborhood watch police program, but Lamont had tried to co-op it. There is creepy guy Cal Tradd (Dane DeHaan) and a mime dressed as Raggedy Ann.

I'm guessing this is part of a series and these characters have a history. The movie doesn't take much time setting them up but it's easy to figure it out. This is standard police drama without much intensity. It simply feels inferior in many ways. There are a couple of reveals but they don't excite me much. It starts off badly with the very silly Raggedy Ann. It puts the movie in an awkward position. The look is lower level TV.

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