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An Occasional Hell (1996)

A former policeman-turned college professor of forensics, is asked by a widow to solve the murder of her unfaithful husband and the disappearance of his mistress who may have been linked to some drug dealers.

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Salomé Breziner

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Anton Sanko, Randall Silvis (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Dr. Ernest Dewalt
Valeria Golino ... Elizabeth Laughton
Kari Wuhrer ... Jeri Gillen
Robert Davi ... Trooper Larry Abbott
Richard Edson ... Rodney Gillen
Stephen Lang ... Alex Laughton
Danny Comden ... Craig Fox
Ellen Greene ... Della
Geoffrey Lewis ... Draper Jewett
Trenton McDevitt Trenton McDevitt ... Male Student (as Trent McDevitt)
Sherril M. Turner Sherril M. Turner ... Chadwick
Bo Brinkman ... Trooper Brown
Cameron Glaesner Cameron Glaesner ... Chris
Selden Smith ... Aleta Jewett
Don Tilley Don Tilley ... Clifford Jewett
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Storyline

When a married man is found murdered, and his girlfriend is missing, the police suspect the wife of the murdered man. The wife turns to a professor at college who is a medically disabled ex-cop to help clear her. Not wanting the job at first, he eventually does begin to investigate the crime while fighting the demons and the pain of his own life. The clues are scarce, but one clue is that the man was murdered with an unusual weapon - a musket. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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An ex-cop haunted by his past, his murder and his future. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acosado por su pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Cast contains the entire band Jump Little Children, in their only onscreen credits. See more »

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The story in the paper, @ 3:06, has nothing to do with the headline above it. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Laughton: A part of you thinks I might've done it.
Dr. Ernest Dewalt: The best part of me knows that you didn't.
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I CAN'T WAIT
Written by Jon Skibic, Ted Condo and George Perez
Performed by 6L6
Courtesy of Wonderdrug Records
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Gripping plot & well rounded characters, let down by weak ending.
13 October 2004 | by alitoscaSee all my reviews

From the first frame, this film glues you to the screen, with a gripping plot that is full of potential. As we learn more about the victim's wife and the university professor she employs in the role of reluctant detective, we are determined to delve further into the minds of this mysterious woman and the laconic southern gentleman, who is forced to confront his own past demons.

Regrettably, this strong foundation is undermined by the failure of the film to shine any light on the personalities of the victim or his abducted companion - elements that are essential to understanding the fate which overtakes them. And sadly the denouement is glaringly obvious - a limp ending to what should have been a superb thriller.


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