When Dallas FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway violates serial killer Raymond Starkey's civil rights during an unorthodox arrest, Starkey goes free and Mackelway is demoted to a remote branch of the agency in Albuquerque. His first day on the job, Mackelway investigates the murder of traveling salesman Harold Speck, which turns out to be the first of three seemingly random killings. Perhaps they are not random at all. The last to die is Mackelway's nemesis, Raymond Starkey. The assignment consumes him, his past mistakes haunt him, and his head throbs constantly as he tries to find the link between the victims that will lead him to their killer while the case becomes increasingly gruesome and patently personal. This does not go unnoticed by his unflappable partner Fran Kulok, who knows of Mackelway's past and the demons that afflict him. Like Mackelway, she becomes drawn into the labyrinth of chilling clues, all of which point to the enigmatic Benjamin O'Ryan. O'Ryan clearly has a connection ...
Sujit R. Varma
To catch a serial killer, think what he thinks, see what he sees.
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27 August 2004 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $3,446,375,
29 August 2004
Gross USA: $8,725,813
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $11,416,075
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Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?
The original 1995 draft by Zak Penn
circulated around Hollywood for seven years before finally being made. After several drafts were rejected, the original draft, with several revisions by Billy Ray
, was used for shooting. See more
As Agent Mackelway follows the patient that asked him about the 50-foot fish, he, Mackelway, puts some paper into his left jacket pocket. When the shot changes, he's holding the paper in his right hand. At the next shot, the paper is gone. See more
Where's the boy?
My, my! Must be extremely satisfying to hear yourself say something so heroic! I'm almost envious. The boy's in pieces under the bed.
The opening Paramount logo is brown (to resemble the desert) and the water in the Intermedia logo is black. See more
What a Dream It's Been
Written by Robert Williams
Performed by Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
Courtesy of Hightone Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group See more