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Mr. Brooks (2007)

A well-respected businessman is sometimes controlled by his murder and mayhem-loving alter ego.

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Bruce A. Evans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Mr. Earl Brooks
Demi Moore ... Det. Tracy Atwood
Dane Cook ... Mr. Smith
William Hurt ... Marshall
Marg Helgenberger ... Emma Brooks
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Hawkins
Danielle Panabaker ... Jane Brooks
Aisha Hinds ... Nancy Hart
Lindsay Crouse ... Captain Lister
Jason Lewis ... Jesse Vialo
Reiko Aylesworth ... Sheila - Jesse's Lawyer
Matt Schulze ... Thorton Meeks
Yasmine Delawari ... Sunday
Thunderbird Dinwiddie ... Sarah Leaves (as Traci Dinwiddie)
Michael Cole ... Atwood's Lawyer
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Storyline

Earl Brooks is a highly respected businessman and was recently named Portland's Man of the Year. He hides a terrible secret however: he is a serial killer known as the Thumbprint Killer. He has been attending AA meetings and has kept his addiction to killing under control for two years now but his alter ego, Marshall, has re-appeared and is pushing him to kill again. When he does kill a couple while they are making love, he is seen and photographed by someone who also has his own death and murder fetish. In a parallel story, the police detective investigating the murder is having problems of her own. She is going through a messy divorce and a violent criminal who had vowed revenge some years before has escaped from prison and is after her. Written by garykmcd

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A crime is only as perfect as the mind behind it. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Brooks See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,067, 3 June 2007

Gross USA:

$28,549,298

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,121,900
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During a scene where Mr. Brooks (Costner) and Mr. Smith (Cook) are doing surveillance, Mr. Smith gets out of the car in frustration because he feels he's being strung along. As he walks away, Marshall says, "even if that guy was charming and funny, I still wouldn't like him!" (a reference to Dane Cook's comedy career) See more »

Goofs

CVS pharmacy signs are visible at various times throughout the movie (most commonly during car rides), like when Mr. Brooks picks up Mr. Smith for the last time. CVS Pharmacies are not present in Portland, where the story is said to take place but are prevalent in L.A. where filming for many movies occurs. They are also common in Louisiana, where much of this film was shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Earl Brooks: [voice-over] Oh God... God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
Marshall: [voice-over] Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
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Crazy Credits

A thumbprint forms the backdrop for the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Manhunter (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Vicious Traditions
Composed by Finn Andrews
Performed by The Veils
Courtesy of Rough Trade Records
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User Reviews

 
There's something about Mr. Brooks all right....
20 May 2007 | by mrband99See all my reviews

This movie was not what I expected, but in a good way. I saw that Kevin Costner was in it, and figured it would be a light-hearted drama. Then I read that it was suspense, and figured he was a good-guy spy or something. Not so.

I don't want to spoil exactly what Mr. Brooks is (even though it's revealed in the early part of the movie), but let's just say he's not a good guy. He is cold, brilliant, methodical, and heartless. Definitely not the traits we normally expect from Kevin Costner. And yet, it's fascinating to watch. I found myself rooting for him, and then had to kick myself because his character is so despicable. Top notch acting from him.

Dane Cook seems an odd casting choice for a suspense thriller, and yet he is believable in his role as a cowardly average joe trying to get the better of Mr. Brooks.

This movie is surprisingly graphic and brutal in some scenes. Yet it is so engrossing that you will be hooked on every twist and turn (and there are some good ones).

Not for the faint of heart, not your normal Costner flick, but a very good movie.


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