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Product Details

  • Actors: Dennis Hopper, Leslie Hope, Frederic Forrest, Tom McCamus
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Smooth Motion Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V19CZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

When five bodies turn up in the waters of Burman City, its illusion of safety is shattered, and Mayer Hackett will stop at nothing to see the peace returned. As veteran Detective Ed Delongpre and his partner Mike McGivern struggle to come up with any clues to catch the gruesome killer.

Customer Reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Amsel on June 29, 2003
Format: DVD
If you ever wondered how certain movies get made, it sometimes helps if the writer, Ken Nakamura, is also the producer and has the resources necessary to finance the project. The British might refer to "The Spreading Ground" as a wank, whereas Americans, being more tactful on occasion, would label it a vanity production.
The plotting is beyond credibility, way, way beyond. A serial child killer is on the loose, and the embarrassed mayor, with some important city contracts on her agenda, makes a deal with the corrupt chief of police to hire a lead enforcer in the Irish mob to find and whack the killer, to hush the affair up quickly and to avoid the publicity of a trial. Thus, the chief of police is actually working against his own detectives and even leaks official leads back to the mob, a factor leading to the murders of potential witnesses. The head of the mob, named Johnny Gault (professionally played by Tom McCamus), has a nasty habit of shooting people on the slightest provacation anyway, and one supposes that the disposing of bodies in this town is an easy task anyway. So it's the mob versus the cops as both groups attempt to discover the murderer's identity first. Oh, did I forget to mention that the child serial killer -- remember him? -- has murdered five children on his first day alone? This fact might make world news let alone give the locals something to ponder. It might even create a bit more publicity than the mayor would like, if she wishes to hush up her little problem, making all her scheming even more unbelievable -- and unnecessary.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2002
Format: DVD
I like Dennis Hopper and love Frederick Forrest. Neither of them are bad considering the atrocious dialogue and tired premise that they have to work with. They seem to be rolling their eyes at each other as they speak their lines. Sad to see such great talents wasted in a film filled with gratuitous violence and terrible "pop psychology" dialogue. Was there a point to this film?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on June 19, 2012
Format: DVD
Except for the F-bomb, this has all the awe and splendor of a made for TV film. Det. Ed DeLongpre (Dennis Hopper) is tasked with finding a serial child killer without any clues. Meanwhile the mayor (Elizabeth Shepherd) has brokered a deal with the local Irish mafia to find the killer (with no trial) and is using Ed's partner as a go between. Ed also has a poorly written estranged relationship with his daughter Leslie (Leslie Hope) that takes away from the story by piling on substandard writing in cliche scenes.

The opening has some good contrast scenes of the mayor performing a ground breaking ceremony and the bodies of little girls floating in the basin. As the audience we get glimpses of the killer, a man we instantly despise. The film is about Dennis Hopper piecing together clues and attempting to find the killer before the mafia does and decide they want to play god. It is an interesting crime/drama although the "touching" Hopper/ Hope scenes left something to be desired.

Parental guide: F-bomb, no sex, no nudity.
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By blindshopper on December 20, 2013
Format: DVD
When I see Dennis Hopper, I expect a lot, I admit. But this must have been a case where the director was some reincarnated Nazi. Next time just let Dennis do his thing. The acting was so bad I was actually embarrassed for them. Not his best.
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