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The Jigsaw Murders (1989)

A dedicated middle-aged cop must find the serial killer that preys on erotic models before his estranged daughter who's also in the photo shoot business becomes the killer's next victim.


Jag Mundhra


Jag Mundhra (story), Allen B. Ury




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Everett ... Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo
Michelle Johnson ... Kathy DaVonzo
Michael Sabatino Michael Sabatino ... Detective Elliot Greenfield
Yaphet Kotto ... Doctor Fillmore
Jill Jacobson ... Dr. Louise Lester
Eli Rich Eli Rich ... Ace Mosley
Paul Kent Paul Kent ... Captain Matt Ludwig
Charles Bouvier Charles Bouvier ... Detective Bauman
Javier Grajeda ... Detective Martinez
Dena Drotar Dena Drotar ... Lori Bellweather
Paul Bruno Paul Bruno ... Scarface Cop
Martin Azarow Martin Azarow ... Leon Murch
Arthur Adams Arthur Adams ... Judge
Gwen Seliger Gwen Seliger ... Deborah Rose
David Wells ... Assistant District Attorney Durkee
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Detective DaVonzo and his young partner Elliott are putting together a murder mystery with the help of a jigsaw puzzle but will all the pieces be together in time to save DaVonzo's daughter? Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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For ages 15 and up.
21 December 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Cop thriller The Jigsaw Murders follows Los Angeles Detective Sergeant Joe DaVonzo (Chad Everett) and Detective Elliot Greenfield (Michael Sabatino) as they try to bring to justice psycho photographer Ace Mosley (Eli Rich), who is teasing the police by leaving severed limbs all over the city. Greenfield is trying to wrap up the case before his impending nuptials, while DaVonzo is ***cliché alert!** struggling with alcoholism and a troublesome daughter (Michelle Johnson) whose career as an erotic model makes her a potential victim of the killer.

Director Jag Mundhra's previous film, Hack-o-Lantern, was a technically shoddy affair, but entertaining nonetheless; The Jigsaw Murders, on the other hand, is a touch more professional, but actually proves a lot less enjoyable. It's banal, unexciting, tedious, and trite, with unmemorable performances from all involved (even Yaphet Kotto as quirky coroner Doctor Fillmore fails to impress). Those looking for graphic violence will be disappointed by the film's few unconvincing body parts, while those hoping for a smattering of sleaze will find the T&A most unsatisfying, with buxom babe Johnson only going so far as to wear a skimpy swimsuit and a leotard (those who want to see more of the actress should watch Blame It On Rio, in which she bares everything).

4.5/10, rounded down to 4 for Rich's dreadful performance as Mosley.

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20 May 1989 (Japan) See more »

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