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The Alphabet Killer (2008)

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Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY.

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Rob Schmidt

Writer:

Tom Malloy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eliza Dushku ... Megan Paige
Cary Elwes ... Kenneth Shine
Timothy Hutton ... Richard Ledge
Tom Malloy ... Officer Steven Harper
Michael Ironside ... Captain Nathan Norcross
Bill Moseley ... Carl Tanner
Carl Lumbly ... Dr. Ellis Parks
Brian Scannell ... Jay Castillo
Larry Hankin ... Perry
Jack McGee ... Hank
Melissa Leo ... Kathy Walsh
Andrew Fiscella ... Len Schafer
Rocco Sisto ... Father McQuarrie
Tom Noonan ... Ray Gullikson
Frank Rossi ... Francis Baker
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Storyline

In Rochester, a pre-teen girl is abducted, raped, and murdered. Detective Megan Paige investigates: she works long hours obsessively, and soon she's seeing visions of the dead girl. The FBI profiles the killer as a spontaneous drifter, lucky not to get caught; Megan thinks he's local and a methodical planner. She notes that the victim's first and last names and the place the body was left start with "C." When a second murder follows the same pattern, Megan is vindicated, but her obsessions get the best of her, and her mental state impedes her work. With the help of medication, therapy, and a friend, can she regain her equilibrium and catch the alphabet killer? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on a true story.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2009 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

O Assassino do Alfabeto See more »

Filming Locations:

East Rochester, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,000, 9 November 2008

Gross USA:

$29,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,596
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the group scene, the guy who plays Tim, is Nate Dushku. Eliza Dushku's real life brother. See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned that two of the girls killed had recently been to the aquarium. Rochester, NY does not have an aquarium. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Megan Paige: Mostly the job is to ask questions. The frustrating part, the part that drives you crazy, is that the people you really want to talk to are dead.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Sunday School Musical (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Skeleton (She's So Cool)
Written by Nils Alpha / Jukka Sebatian
Performed by Alpha Kids
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Only Watched Because I'm in Rochester
31 March 2009 | by gwarnings13See all my reviews

I only basically wanted to see the location shots of my crap city, and surely did notice a few! The part that really drove me insane is the use of cell phones and laptops. I noticed the cars were pretty old looking but when the dad of Wanda hands over HER CELL PHONE to the cops for her contacts-- the movie was just dead to me after that. The kid was 12 year old and the year was 1972. Also I wasn't sure about the time frame because I think the killer struck again well before two years after the first girl's death.

I know it was only supposed to be "based on" these murders, but if they went to all the trouble of actually filming on location in Rochester, why didn't they go for a little more credibility? It was just meh, but again, fun for the location shots, and Eliza Deshku is always very good in everything.


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