Jesse Stone comes out of involuntary retirement after the sheriff who replaced him exploded in their police car. The other officers Jesse worked with have left the department so he is forced to solve the crime on his own.


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Robert B. Parker (based upon characters created in Jesse Stone books), Tom Selleck | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Jesse Stone
Kathy Baker ... Rose Gammon
Kohl Sudduth ... Luther 'Suitcase' Simpson
Gloria Reuben ... Thelma Gleffey
Stephen McHattie ... Captain Healy
William Sadler ... Gino Fish
Robert Carradine ... Arthur Gallery
Jeremy Akerman ... Councilman Carter Hanson
Christine Tizzard ... Amanda
Jeff Geddis ... William Butler
Vito Rezza Vito Rezza ... Anthony D'Angelo
Saul Rubinek ... Hasty Hathaway
William Devane ... Dr. Dix
John Beale John Beale ... Doc Perkins
Brian Heighton Brian Heighton ... Stan


When the man who replaced Jesse as Paradise Police Chief was killed when his car exploded, Jesse is asked to return and he does. So he goes to the crime scene and the evidence leads people to believe that the man may have been corrupt. And Jesse, who didn't like him because he took his job, says that he is allowed the benefit of the doubt. Jesse finds himself alone because Suitcase and Rose left when the other Chief was there. Jesse suspects that Hasty might know something, and a guy is following Jesse. Written by

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Did You Know?


Toward the end of this movie Jesse Stone looks at his wrist watch. It's a close up shot and he's wearing a silver Rolex. The circumference of the watch is half red and half blue, with even numbers displayed 2 through 24. It's the same watch Tom Selleck wore in Magnum P.I. that originally belonged to his characters father. It can be seen in great detail in the fourth season episode "Home from the Sea" and throughout the Magnum seasons. See more »


The Massachusetts automobile inspection sticker is on the wrong side of the windshield. The sticker has been on the right (passenger) side of the windshield since at least 1960. See more »


Jesse Stone: I thought getting my job back would straighten me out.
Hasty Hathaway: How is the drinking thing?
Jesse Stone: I got wasted last night.
Hasty Hathaway: Are you getting help?
Jesse Stone: I'm not about to see a shrink.
Hasty Hathaway: Is there someone you can talk to or confide in?
Jesse Stone: I think you just got elected.
Hasty Hathaway: Oh.
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Follows Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006) See more »


Intermezzo, Op.118, No.2
Written by Johannes Brahms
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Nice scenery and atmosphere, but not much of a story
20 May 2012 | by highwaytouristSee all my reviews

This show starts out with a bang, literally. In a small, coastal town, two policemen die in a car bombing while out on a routine call. That certainly got my attention. Retired L.A. detective Jesse Stone is appointed to investigate. After that, the story wanders. We get to meet the various locals who live in the gloomy community with its rocky coast and gray weather, a place which has clearly seen better days. It's filled with cynical people one comes to expect in a movie like this. As expected, Stone (played well enough by Tom Sellink) asks questions of people, trying to find clues. As far as I could tell, but only finds little hints. In fact, the investigation doesn't go anywhere until the last half hour and the ending was very rushed. It also seems as if a sequel is being set up at the end.

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Release Date:

20 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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