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The Barber (2002)

Town barber Dexter Miles is surprised to overhear, while cutting the hair of police chief Vance Corgan, that the body of a woman he murdered a few days before has been recovered. He had hope that the body would not be found until spring.

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Micheal Bafaro
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Dexter Miles
Jeremy Ratchford ... Sheriff Corgan
Garwin Sanford ... Agent Crawley
Brenda James ... Sally
Paul Jarrett ... Everett
Erin Wright Erin Wright ... Jewels
Philip Granger ... Levi
C. Ernst Harth ... Buffalo
John Destry John Destry ... Cecil
David Abbott David Abbott ... Halstrom
Arnie Walters ... Paddy
Ralph Alderman Ralph Alderman ... Farley
Vince Murdocco ... Agent Rayner
Gary Hetherington ... Jim
Michael Kopsa ... Father Stiffler
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Storyline

When the perfect murder is foiled by an unexpected twist and darkness descends on a small Alaskan town, a madman's hunger for blood grows in this thriller from director Michael Bafaro. As a blanket of darkness settles over Revelstoke, AK, for a period of 24 hours, local barber Dexter Miles and the rest of the citizens realize that winter's chill is soon to follow. No one would suspect a man like Dexter Miles to be a cold-blooded killer, but when Dexter overhears the sheriff mention that the body of Lucy Waters has been discovered, he quickly realizes that his dark secret is about to break wide open. Having only murdered Lucy a few days prior, Dexter had hoped that authorities wouldn't discover her body until the spring thaw. Now, as the big-city detectives cloaked in the darkness of the Alaskan winter arrive to investigate the murder, Dexter once again feels the thrill of the kill -- and he's starting to like it.

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was shot in Revelstoke, BC, Canada. The film's setting is the fictional town of Revelstoke, Alaska. See more »

Goofs

The two hunters find Lucy's body in daylight even though the rest of the movie makes a big deal about it being winter with 24-hour darkness. Characters later make a brief mention how Lucy's body was discovered shortly before the nightfall in Alaska. See more »

Quotes

Paddy: Shot, choked, there's no difference...
Dexter Miles: Oh, there is, if you love someone.
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Viodeoographer...Joseph Alaniz See more »

Soundtracks

O Come All Ye Faithful
Music attributed to John Francis Wade, lyrics traditional, translated by Frederick Oakeley
Arranged by Peter Allen
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My brief review of the film
29 April 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

Surprisingly much better than it sounds, the film is atmospheric and stylishly directed, and the screenplay has good ideas and dialogue. The film still has the markings of a routine thriller, and towards the end in particular it starts to lose itself. But it is a modest production, which does not try to be any better than it is, and it is rather fascinating to watch. McDowell quite effectively narrates and plays the leading role, and the music used in the film is very fitting in general - though the classical music used feels like a forced allusion to 'A Clockwork Orange'. Overall, it is not a masterpiece of cinema, but it is definitely better than the average thriller out there, and it certainly has more power to engage than most Hollywood productions today.


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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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