- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 3, 2006
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Criterion
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Mono 1.0 - English
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Lodge Kerrigan - Director; Steven Soderbergh
- Featurette: Michael Atkinson
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 02/01/1996
"...Harrowing....Adept at setting -- and keeping -- one's nerves on edge..."
Rolling Stone - 03/23/1995
"...Greene's committed, compassionate performance will haunt you for years..."
New York Times - 03/22/1994
"...Graphic and disturbing....Shot and edited with obvious ingenuity, and it makes good use of [Greene's] unnervingly chilly presence..."
Variety - 09/27/1993
"...[The film] has a powerful impact....[And] marks Lodge Kerrigan as a talent to watch..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/31/1995
"...Very good....[It] will be valued by anyone with a serious interest in schizophrenia....[With] a performance by Greene of great power and nerve..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/20/2006
"Kerrigan manages to convey the torment in Peter's mind through jarring sound effects and visuals verging on the surreal." -- Grade: A-
A schizophrenic recently released from an institution goes on a desperate search for his daughter, who has been put up for adoption by his mother. At the same time, a detective is convinced the man is a serial killer and doggedly pursues him.
A chilling and deftly filmed work on mental illness, murder, and family relations.
Peter Winters leaves an insane asylum and starts to search for his only child, Nicole, who lives with her mother and his ex-wife, Melinda. Winters, a schizophrenic, travels in a car with the windows and mirrors covered in newspaper because his reflection obsessively disturbs him.
During his search, a little girl is slaughtered in a mysterious way: her entire body is covered with blood, but her white dress is not. While Winters pays a visit to his mother, Melinda has an affair with the detective covering the case, who suspects Winters. The suspense builds to a hair-raising climax when Winters finds Nicole and coerces her into spending a day at the beach with him.
Kidnapping And Missing Persons |
- Prints by DuArt Film; shot on 16 mm.
- Selected for the 1994 New Directors/New Film series organized by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- Not for the faint-hearted as the lead character tears off his finger nail and digs a "transmitter" out of his head with a scissor, in all too realistic scenes.