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Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012)

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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.


Robert Harmon


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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

20 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesse Stone - Im Zweifel für den Angeklagten See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


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When Officer D'Angelo is driving Chief Butler, before the explosion, you can briefly see a 70 mph speed limit sign. There are no posted 70 mph speed limits on Massachussetts rural roads. It's a Canadian 70 kilometer per hour (43.50 mph) sign. See more »


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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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21 May 2012 | by inframanSee all my reviews

Why do I always end up feeling conned & duped after watching a Jesse Stone episode? I go in full of high expectations, like going into a first rate restaurant: terrific menu, great atmosphere, beautiful surroundings. And then...little bitty tastes & teasers.

I've always been a fan of Tom Selleck. He's a great-looking guy with a wry sense of humor & he's aged well (although I would gently suggest he have his hairdresser lighten up on the dense blacks - looks too phony). But he spends most of his time in this episode (& the last one as I recall) standing around doing a lot of thinking & brooding & posing.

Selleck wears clothes better than any actor since Gary Cooper & he has some pretty snazzy outdoorsy threads in this one. But I wound up feeling like I was watching an elaborate Eddie Bauer commercial.

As for the plot...what plot? Pieces of plots. Pieces of characterizations. Snatches of dialog. In the end there were so many plot pieces left hanging & unexplained it I thought this episode might be half of a 2-parter. But as far as I can tell from IMDb this is a one-shot.

So what's going on? A new mystery genre? You give viewers a few pieces of the puzzle & let them fill in the blanks?

Come on, Tom, your fans & followers deserve a whole lot better. We know you can do it, that's why we keep coming back.

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