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Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012)

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  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083H6APG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The chief is back on the job. When a shocking double homicide rocks the quiet town of Paradise, Stone is forced back into action. His police department nearly emptied of staff, he has to rely on his expert intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues as he attempts to unravel the mysterious murders. Kathy Baker, Gloria Reuben, Robert Carradine, Saul Rubinek and William Devane co-star in this thrilling installment, based upon characters created in Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone books.

Tom Selleck's trademark rumpled charisma continues to pay huge dividends in this eighth adaptation of Robert Parker's mystery series, focusing on the beleaguered small-town police chief Jesse Stone. Picking up where the previous installment Innocents Lost left off, the story begins with the forcibly retired Stone spinning his wheels in the Massachusetts town of Paradise, pursuing a tentative relationship with an aspiring singer (Gloria Reuben) while trying to resist his old self-destructive tendencies. When his replacement on the force meets an explosive end, however, Stone finds himself back in the game. Selleck, who wrote the script with Michael Brandman, wears this role like a just-right shoe, portraying his character's stubbornness and reluctant heroism in a fashion that does full justice to the late Parker's literary blueprint. His charm, combined with the presence of old pros such as Saul Rubinek, Kathy Baker, and Stephen McHattie, make for an enjoyable reminder of the pleasures of a long-running detective series, where the resolution of the mystery isn't half as important as the interactions between the people tasked to solve it. On the debit side, the familiarity between the characters can sometimes feel a little too comfortable, with a meandering middle act that occasionally succumbs to a case of the cutes. (Even the biggest dog lovers in the world may find their patience tried by the number of reaction shots given to Jesse's trusty pooch.) Fortunately, the whodunit aspect finishes strong, with series director Robert Harmon (who also helmed the splattery '80s horror classic The Hitcher) wringing a surprising amount of tension out of the cat-and-mouse climax set on an abandoned ship. By the time Benefit of the Doubt comes to a close, it's difficult not to wish for further obstacles to be placed in Stone's path, as soon as possible. There's nothing wrong with a formula, provided it's a good one. --Andrew Wright

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361 of 369 people found the following review helpful
Tom Selleck is back in the role he was born to play for this eighth outing in the popular Jesse Stone series. Stone must surely be one of the most laid back heroes to ever grace the small screen and Selleck has perfected the minimalism necessary to make this character stand out. I don't know who author Robert B. Parker might have envisioned inhabiting his iconic small town police chief, but Selleck has certainly owned and perfected the role over the course of these last seven years of TV movies. Starting in 2005, these movies have proven that there is still an adult audience looking for thoughtful drama. I do think each chapter thus far has enough to recommend it on its own merits. You'll appreciate the films to varying degrees as with any serialization--some you may love, some just like. Here's a run down before I comment of "Benefit of the Doubt."

2005: Stone Cold
2006: Night Passage
2006: Death In Paradise
2007: Sea Change
2009: Thin Ice
2010: No Remorse
2011: Innocents lost
2012: Benefit Of The Doubt

"Benefit of the Doubt" starts out with a literal bang. An explosion rocks the Paradise police force and Jesse come out of his forced retirement to piece together what happened. Is it corruption? Drugs? Jesse, even more than usual, is a one man show (although he shares jurisdiction with state agencies). His former friends and co-workers (Kathy Baker and Kohl Sudduth) have abandoned the department, so Jesse's primary allies are his bottomless cup of coffee and faithful dog (not to mention a tryst with a local chanteuse, Gloria Rueben). This case affects Paradise in a major way, so the local bigwigs (including the reliable Saul Rubinek reprising Hastings Hathaway) are under much pressure to get things squared away.
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170 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in Harness... May 22, 2012
"Benefit of the Doubt", the eighth Jesse Stone TV movie, finds the former Paradise police chief back on the job, rehired after a mysterious explosion wipes out his successor. Jesse sets out to solve the mystery, working somewhat at odds with the state homicide squad and an inquisitive town councilman.

Like previous installments of the Jesse Stone franchise, Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone spends a lot of time drinking coffee and contemplating the beautiful seascape of Paradise with his aging dog, when he's not breaking into his own office, stepping on official toes, romancing the secretary at the local car dealership, or reaching out to former employees. Most of the recurring cast of the Jesse Stone movies make appearences, including Kathy Baker, William Devane, and William Sadler. However, this story is mostly about Jesse's refusal to accept the easy answer about the death of the previous chief. His dogged pursuit of justice and his considerable detecting skills lead him down a thin trail of clues to a surprising discovery, and a suspenseful final confrontation aboard a derelict ship.

"Benefit of the Doubt" is an improvement over the last movie, with a plot that moves right along and another opportunity to watch a gifted veteran actor work a role he seems a natural for. Highly recommended to fans of the Jesse Stone franchise.
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141 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding May 21, 2012
By kevrose
I thought they might be pushed for an interesting story line, but this one starts it all over again, and leaves the way for a sequel ,so easily.There are surprises right away, that you are not ready for, and pave the way for some interesting dramatics.
The dog is a star again, and surprises everyone.
An interesting twist on the villains, and you are never quite clear about what is going on, and why.
Jessie's love life is interesting, but boy did he blow it, with the secretary for Gino.That would have been too exhausting to cope with;Jessie too.
Seeing "Suitcase" as a fisherman, is hard to deal with, but his later decision, is awesome.
The opening Ocean scenes are fantastic, and well done!

Looking forward to the next "Movie"--

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stone has stoned me again! May 27, 2012
I am not surprised that Benefit of the Doubt is a fine flick - had to be with a great cast, sumptuous scenery, immediately startling action and a dramatic, unexpected ending. Watched it - DVRed it - then watched it three more times to find the elusive clues that I may have missed. A very satisfying thriller. I'm hoping it is not the last in the series. Selleck and Brandman seem to be a successful team, and I look forward to the next installment!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger May 24, 2012
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Again Tom Selleck emerges as the on going troubling character of Jesse Stone which he portrays again and very well in it's 8th installment Benefit of the Doubt with the plot twisting and suprising and an ending that leaves you hanging to another sequel which you know that there will be. Tom Sellecks seasoned acting is superb and is a must see. A very well put together movie. Enjoyed this one as much as the other Jesse Stone movies. Can't wait to get this one in dvd and add it to the rest of my Jesse Stone collection. I am a die hard fan of Tom Selleck. He is a very well put together talented actor.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Broken Heart May 27, 2012
There is so little that I can add to the other reviews, I love these movies, but I am truly heartbroken that there is no affordable sound track of Jeff Beal's music. Of course, the acting is polished to perfction, the stories are surprising, but that haunting music makes these more than detective stories. Jeff Beal takes these stories to an entirely different level. Do wish it was available.
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I believe these are based on Parker's character, but I read somewhere that most of the movies were written by Selleck and partners, not based on a novel.
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