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The Jigsaw Murders (1989)

A dedicated middle-aged cop must find the serial killer that preys on erotic models before his estranged daughter who's also in the photo shoot business becomes the killer's next victim.


Jag Mundhra


Jag Mundhra (story), Allen B. Ury


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Everett ... Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo
Michelle Johnson ... Kathy DaVonzo
Michael Sabatino Michael Sabatino ... Detective Elliot Greenfield
Yaphet Kotto ... Doctor Fillmore
Jill Jacobson ... Dr. Louise Lester
Eli Rich Eli Rich ... Ace Mosley
Paul Kent Paul Kent ... Captain Matt Ludwig
Charles Bouvier Charles Bouvier ... Detective Bauman
Javier Grajeda ... Detective Martinez
Dena Drotar Dena Drotar ... Lori Bellweather
Paul Bruno Paul Bruno ... Scarface Cop
Martin Azarow Martin Azarow ... Leon Murch
Arthur Adams Arthur Adams ... Judge
Gwen Seliger Gwen Seliger ... Deborah Rose
David Wells ... Assistant District Attorney Durkee


Detective DaVonzo and his young partner Elliott are putting together a murder mystery with the help of a jigsaw puzzle but will all the pieces be together in time to save DaVonzo's daughter? Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Release Date:

20 May 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Mordspanarna See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Not exactly a THRILLER, nor is the serial killer suspect a surprise
7 July 2017 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

I guess you could say that this 1989 crime/mystery/thriller may have been okay when it was first released but having just watched it some 28 years later the film looks pretty tired and the story line is awful thin.

Middle aged and divorced Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo played by Chad Everett who is the former TV star of the seven (7) year running drama show "Medical Center" was not exactly as appealing as lets say Clint Eastwood's performance as Detective Harry Callahan and I guess that is why there was no sequel to The Jigsaw Murders.

We observe that the middle aged and divorced Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo has a drinking problem and he also is an estranged father to a 20 something rebellious daughter named Kathy DaVonzo played by the attractive Michelle Johnson who may just happen to be an intended next target of the serial killer Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo is searching for if she does not start listening to her "drunken daddy" as Kathy describes her detective daddy's social position.

Of course Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo has a reliable partner and a good friend named Detective Elliot Greenfield played by Michael Sabatino who I thought would have been entrusted with a bigger role in the film but I guess the film's producer and director preferred to frame their picture around their TV star Chad Everett, and not necessarily allow Michael Sabatino to play Robin to Chad Everett's (somewhat drunken) Batman-like character.

All in all this film was an okay time waster but do not expect any surprises throughout the film and especially I for one did not consider The Jigsaw Murders to be in the film genre of a thriller.

I give it a 6 out of 10 rating for at least giving the story line a best effort attempt, but the film quality was dated and the actors themselves including a few cameo appearances by Yaphet Kotto as the quirky coroner Doctor Fillmore could not raise the film's bar for me any higher than a 6 out of 10 rating.

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