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The Killing Jar (1997)

Michael Sanford and his wife move to his old town so he can take over the family business. However, gruesome murders of children start to happen. Meanwhile, Michael starts to become slowly ... See full summary »

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Evan Crooke

Writer:

Mark Mullin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Cullen ... Michael Sanford
Tamlyn Tomita ... Diane Sanford
Wes Studi ... Cameron
Carlos Bernard ... Chajén
Xander Berkeley ... Danny 'Figaretto' Evans
Edith Varon Edith Varon ... Martha Resigy
Jack Wallace ... Dick Resigy
John Philbin ... Pete Lawrence
Tom Bower ... Det. Jake Pestone
Frank McRae ... Det. Bernie Morris
Brion James ... Dr. Vincent Garret
Michael Halpin Michael Halpin ... Stuart Weissman
M. Emmet Walsh ... Sheriff Foley
Holley Chant ... Katie
James Noah ... Robert Sanford
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Michael Sanford and his wife move to his old town so he can take over the family business. However, gruesome murders of children start to happen. Meanwhile, Michael starts to become slowly insane, after he may have witnessed one of the murders and reports it to the police. Is he the murderer, or is it something of his past? Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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murder | independent film | See All (2) »

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Everyone has secrets. Some are more dangerous than others.


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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der gläserne Tod See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Paragon Pictures (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a tragic bit of parallel, over a decade after the movie was made, Jordan Oschin was fatally struck as pedestrian by a car. In this movie, Sean Evans, the character played by Oschin, is the only one among the three adolescent passengers to die when the station wagon they are in tumbles and overturns down a shallow hill. See more »

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Dr. Vincent Garret: Essentially, the eyes are a sort of a camera, in which you can figure the brain is a roll of film. Everything we see, feel, touch, is stored for an indefinite period of time. The key is being able to retrieve it.
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THE DAME IN RED
Composed by Robert Farnon
Courtesy of Zomba Music Services
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Missed Opportunities
18 June 2003 | by kensmarkSee all my reviews

The story here is, at heart, a fairly standard 'taut' suspense thriller with a few modest twists. The cast ranges from workhorse to strong, including should've-been-stars Tamlyn Tomita and Wes Studi, plus support from Brion James, M. Emmet Walsh, Xander Berkeley, etc. Brett Cullen comes off a bit wooden in the lead role, but I can't be sure it's his fault.

The real problems here are the slow, uneven pacing, the even more uneven atmosphere, and the often amateurish direction that makes the actors stand around and deliver dialogue in extended chunks of stagey-looking shot-reverse shot and too much camera motion. The editing doesn't seem to have helped, but it's hard to tell what's an editing error and what was a failed attempt to fix the direction. The script and story could have been punched up a bit, too.

Tamlyn Tomita is luminous, and a lot of the cast is working hard here, but it doesn't come together.


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