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Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 30 April 2006
A body's found on the shore of a lake. Police Chief Jesse Stone starts an investigation. It turns out to be a pregnant high school student. There's also a case of a persistent wife beater. Jesse starts seeing a shrink and dating.

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Robert Harmon

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Robert B. Parker (novel), J.T. Allen (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Jesse Stone
Viola Davis ... Molly Crane
Kohl Sudduth ... Luther 'Suitcase' Simpson
Orla Brady ... Lilly Summers
Gary Basaraba ... Norman Shaw
John Diehl ... Jerry Snyder
Debra Christofferson ... Mrs. Snyder
Mae Whitman ... Emily Bishop
Matt Barr ... Hooker Royce
Edward Edwards ... Hank Bishop
Brendan Kelly ... Lovey Norris
Liisa Repo-Martell ... Carole Genest
Kerri Smith ... Sister Mary John
Stephen McHattie ... Captain Healy
Maria Ricossa ... Sandy Bishop
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When the body of a fourteen-year-old teenager is found in the margin of a lake in Paradise, Massachusetts, the Chief of Police Jesse Stone and his officer Simpson seek clues in the spot. Through a class ring of a student that they find near the corpse, they identity the dead girl, the local slut Billy Bishop. Meanwhile, his department deals with a domestic violent situation with an aggressive and abusive husband who beats his wife. Along his investigation, Stone discloses that the famous writer Norman Shaw was too much close to the victim and intended to write the biography of the famous gangster Leo in his next book. Joining the pieces of evidences like a puzzle, Stone unravels the identity of the criminal. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Color

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16:9
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Trivia

The text that Molly Crane reads to the comatose Luther Simpson is largely the opening paragraph of Chapter Six of Robert B. Parker's book "Death In Paradise", combined with a phrase from the opening page of James M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice". See more »

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Gino Fish's hands alternate between having utensils and being clenched in front of him during lunch 'meeting' with Jesse Stone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Luther 'Suitcase' Simpson: She's been in the water a long time.
Chief Jesse Stone: Yeah.
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Followed by Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010) See more »

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Another good mystery
10 May 2006 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

In this latest Jesse Stone movie based on a novel by Robert B. Parker, a teenage girl's badly decomposed body is found in a lake wearing one shoe and tied to a concrete block. A class ring found at the scene points to a star athlete at an exclusive prep school where Dr. Lily Summers (Orla Brady) is the headmistress.

The Bishops may be the parents of the missing girl. They have one other daughter, Emily, who is known to be alive and well. The father is very demanding and cares what people think. Up until she went to the prep school, Billie was an A student, but something happened when she changed schools.

Chief Stone sees visions of the dead girl, both while sleeping and when he is awake, but this is pointless and never means anything.

Meanwhile, Chief Stone must deal with an abusive husband (John Diehl) whose wife won't leave because she's Catholic, she has kids, and no real job skills.

What makes this movie work is Selleck's usual fine performance of a character who is intelligent and determined yet stubborn and flawed. While most of the actors are good, another standout performance comes from William Devane as a therapist Stone's ex-wife recommends to help him stop drinking--a former cop who lost his job and his wife to his own alcohol problem. Another standout performance comes from the actor playing the Boston businessman with a bad reputation and a goon named Lovey.

Officer Crane (Viola Davis) recalls how her sister was in a coma before she died. Other cast members in the series include Vito Rezza as Officer D'Angelo, Kohl Sudduth as Officer 'Suitcase' Simpson and Stephen McHattie as Detective Healy of Boston.

The violence is minimal for most of the movie, though there is some blood in a couple of scenes. The language is stronger than one might normally hear on network TV, but not quite like 'NYPD Blue'.

I liked the traditional jazz music played at the fund-raiser hosted by author Norman Shaw (Gary Basaraba).

There will be more Jesse Stone movies, and I look forward to them.


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