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Thin Air (2000)

Frank Belson didn't ask too many questions about the past of his new wife Lisa St. Claire, even after she suddenly and mysteriously disappeared one night. He brings in Spenser to help ... See full summary »

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Robert Mandel

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Spenser
Marcia Gay Harden ... Susan Silverman
Jon Seda ... Luis DeLeon
Luis Guzmán ... Chollo
Miguel Sandoval ... Santiago
Joanna Miles ... Evans
Daniel Parker Daniel Parker ... Father Ahearn (as Daniel T. Parker)
Lloyd Battista
Beau Starr
Janet-Laine Green
John Bourgeois
Yancy Butler ... Lisa St. Claire
David Ferry ... Frank Belson
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Quirk
Noam Jenkins ... Woody Pontevecchio
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Storyline

Frank Belson didn't ask too many questions about the past of his new wife Lisa St. Claire, even after she suddenly and mysteriously disappeared one night. He brings in Spenser to help locate her, who begins to piece together her complete life story while submerged in the Latino shadow world of the town of Proctor. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Kidnapping can lead to something dangerous...Spenser.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert B. Parker's Thin Air See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaffe/Braunstein Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Robert B. Parker: As Spenser enters a police station, a police officer is seen asleep at his desk. See more »

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Early in the film Kids make two large scratches on Spenser's Car which subsequently disappear after the scene when Spenser gets out of the car and inspects the damage. See more »

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Spenser: How come it takes you so long to pick a doughnut?
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Follows Spenser: For Hire (1985) See more »

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Poor Casting
16 May 2005 | by ILOVEDESSERTSee all my reviews

Good day, having read all of Robert B Parker's works, I was dismayed to learn of the casting of this movie and appalled when I actually saw it.

Not to be unkind to the two stars, Joe Mantegna, who is a fine actor and I saw him on Broadway years ago, however, he fits the description of Spencer, like I am taking a space shuttle ride. Mr. Mantegna, is too out of shape and frankly a little to tubby to play the role of a jock former boxer turned P. I. who works out on a daily basis! Like Ms. Harden, he doesn't do humor well. After all, more than once, one of Spencer's nemesis says, "your not half as funny as you think". This is true for this production only it wasn't meant the way the original remark was meant.

To a lessor degree I think the same of Ms. Harden. She is a great actress, but her acting was flat and frankly boring. She also is not the extremely glamorous Dr. Susan Silverman, as described by Mr. Parker's books. She is supposed to. Look like Rita Hayworth, yet brainy and funny. The lines were delivered as if she was a waitress reading the daily specials. There also is supposed to be a humorous edge to Dr. Silverman, Ms Harden's glib attempt at humor was awful.

The sad part about all of this is that Mr. Parker has repeatedly complained, to a mutual friend that he was never happy with he casting, the scripts or plot development of the original series. Yet, he wrote the screen play, produced this and therefore had in put in the casting! I think he should stick to writing great books and leave the movie casting and screen writing to someone else.


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