Karen McCann's (Sally Field) world is torn apart while driving home one day when she receives a call on her cell phone from her daughter--who is being raped and murdered as she speaks. The murderer--smirking, animalistic Robert Doob (Kiefer Sutherland)--is arrested, but is then released on a technicality. Seeking an outlet for her anger and despair, Karen joins a support group--and then a vigilante organization--becoming increasingly obsessed with bringing her daughter's killer to justice and gaining vengeance at whatever cost. Directed by John Schlesinger (MIDNIGHT COWBOY) and based on the novel by Erika Holzer.
Joe Mantegna - American Actor
Ed Harris - American Actor/Director
Sally Field - Oscar-winning actress, NORMA RAE, PLACES IN THE HEART
Keith David - American character actor/voice actor, PITCH BLACK/SPAWN
Beverly D'Angelo - American actress, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
Rick Jaffa - Screenwriter, "The Relic"
Amanda Silver - Screenwriter, "The Relic"
John Schlesinger - British Director/Actor
Philip Baker Hall - Supporting Actor
Kiefer Sutherland - Actor/Director, 24
Karen and Mack McCann's worst nightmare comes true when their teenage daughter is brutally raped and murdered by Robert Doob, a cold, sneering lowlife. Matters deteriorate even further when the court dismisses the murderer's case, due to police error. Naturally, Mack and Karen are completely enraged, but Mack eventually succeeds in controlling his anger and dealing with the situation. Karen's mounting fury and frustration, however, cause her to become obsessed with both Doob, and with avenging her daughter's death. As a result, she begins to stalk the psychopath -- she even takes karate lessons, and buys a gun. But is killing Doob really the answer to her problems?
Released theatrically in the USA January 12, 1996. The film grossed $26.8 million domestically. Color by DeLuxe. Filmed with Panavision cameras and lenses. Printed on Eastman Kodak Film. Shot on location in Los Feliz, Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles, Hancock Park, and in the Miracle Mile/mid-Wilshire sections. Principal photography began on April 24, 1995 and completed July 11, 1995. Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification. Copyright 1995 Paramount Pictures.
"...Fine direction, photography and plotting have rarely been combined so effectively in a serial-killer story....Kiefer Sutherland excels in his juicily repellant role..." - 06/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.39-40
"A high concept plot, a hot-button social issue....Sally Field toplines to good effect....Woodard is a standout..." - 01/15/1996 Variety