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Spenser: Small Vices (1999)

Rita Fiore hires Spenser to determine if two-time loser Ellis Alves really did kill a college coed. Soon everybody wants him off the case, from the investigating officer to the parents of ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writers:

Robert B. Parker (novel), Robert B. Parker (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Spenser
Eugene Lipinski ... Grey Man / Rugar
Laila Robins ... Rita Fiore
Chris Britton ... Partner #1
Marcia Gay Harden ... Susan Silverman
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Hawk
Wood Harris ... Ellis Alves
Marcia Bennett ... Mrs. Henderson
Joanna Miles ... Evans
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Captain Healy
Dean McDermott ... Tommy Miller
Topaz Hasfal-Schou ... Lila
Vincent Guastaferro ... Gino Fish
Vinny Vella ... Vinnie
Lara Wickes ... Glenda Baker McMartin (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)
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Storyline

Rita Fiore hires Spenser to determine if two-time loser Ellis Alves really did kill a college coed. Soon everybody wants him off the case, from the investigating officer to the parents of the dead girl's boyfriend; and a professional hitman named Rugar is trying to kill him. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert B. Parker's Small Vices See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The part of police detective Lee Farrell is played by 'Daniel Parker', son of author Robert B. Parker. See more »

Quotes

Hawk: Well, you turned him down. He ask for a referral?
Vinnie: No.
Hawk: Any idea where he might ask next?
Gino Fish: He knew where to ask. Vinnie's the best.
[Hawk laughs]
Gino Fish: One of the two best. My feeling and Vinnie's is that when he hires, he will hire out of the city and he will get someone good. He offered Vinnie excellent money.
Hawk: That's nice. See, Spenser's feelings be hurt, they try to ace him cut-rate.
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Follows Spenser: A Savage Place (1995) See more »

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Nice addition to the small Spenser TV collection
25 April 2008 | by TV BoySee all my reviews

My dad and I are both huge fans of the Spenser novels, TV show, telepics, et al. Because we both agree, Robert Urich's cast a long shadow over the role of everyone's favorite Boston P.I., he (dad) didn't buy Joe Mantegna as Spenser at all - too ethnic, he said. "Small Vices" was the first of three TV movies with Mantegna. My dad couldn't get past it. I, though, think Mantegna nailed Spenser's dry wit and sense of humor. "Small Vices" certainly was the best of the A&E trilogy - just try watching Eric Roberts as Police Chief DeSpain in one of the others without cringing. But in a world where Warner Bros. has left "Spenser: For Hire" to languish on its AOL site, and all we have on DVD are the Lifetime TV movies, my investment in a region-free player has paid off again - "Small Vices" was released in Australia on home video and I picked up a copy from Amazon.


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