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Jade (1995)

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A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... David Corelli
Linda Fiorentino ... Trina Gavin
Chazz Palminteri ... Matt Gavin
Richard Crenna ... Governor Edwards
Michael Biehn ... Bob Hargrove
Donna Murphy ... Karen Heller
Ken King ... Petey Vasko
Holt McCallany ... Bill Barrett
David Hunt ... Pat Callendar
Angie Everhart ... Patrice Jacinto
Kevin Tighe ... D.A. Arnold Clifford
Robin Thomas ... Mr. Green
Jay Jacobus Jay Jacobus ... Justin Henderson
Victoria Smith Victoria Smith ... Sandy
Drew Snyder ... Executive
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Storyline

Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the lawman emerges as a prime suspect and he has to deal with his personal feelings as well as the case. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Some fantasies go too far. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly afterviews of murder victims, violence, language and strong scenes of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeido See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,284,246, 15 October 1995

Gross USA:

$9,851,610

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,851,610
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

2nd film that Michael Biehn did with William Friedkin. The first was Rampage (1987). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the NO BRAKES scene at the top of the hill the main character's mustang has come to a stop and is shown leaking brake fluid. There is a shot of him looking down perplexed, only he is pushing the gas pedal instead of the brake. Apparently this shot was mistakenly inserted to Be a sign that the brakes were going bad. In context it seems to do the trick. However,closer examination shows it is the wrong pedal and should have resulted in the car accelerating, not sitting still, as is shown in the very next shot. Later, when the brakes are gone, he is using using the correct pedal. See more »

Quotes

David Corelli: Where did she go?
Matt Gavin: LA, just for a couple of days.
David Corelli: Think she's coming back?
Matt Gavin: Maybe when we get a divorce, you can marry her.
David Corelli: Cool.
Matt Gavin: She said you were a terrible lover.
David Corelli: She lies to protect your frail ego.
Matt Gavin: She said that's why she chose me.
David Corelli: Everybody make mistakes.
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Alternate Versions

William Friedkin created a director's cut of the film, approximately twelve minutes longer, which added quite a few scenes including a different ending. This version aired exclusively on USA cable network Cinemax in August/September 1996. It has also been posted on Hulu. See more »


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Isn't It Romantic
By Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed by Peter Duchin and The Peter Duchin Orchestra
Produced by Frank Filipetti
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A Thriller that had potential
14 January 2014 | by stevenfreekinSee all my reviews

Jade has a pretty straight forward story with a murder and a love triangle between the three main characters. Because of the love triangle, it creates a conflict of interest between the two male characters. The plot sounds interesting enough. However, the way the final product was executed did not deliver an exhilarating or satisfactory story, conclusion, or thriller. Although, the unrated version, which is 12 mints longer, does assist in creating additional development for some of the characters.

The film does inhabit i think some of Friedkin's finest work. An example would be the car chases sequence, which is in fact one of the most spectacular and thrilling chases ever filmed. I think it's his best to date. Cinematography for the film is beautiful and very noir like in the night scenes. Although he did a decent job with directing the leading characters, only Chazz Palminteri came across as really inhabiting his character. To me the problem with the film is that the story probably got lost in the editing or through rewrites.

The bluray for this film, by Lionsgate, is one of the worst transfers I've ever seen. I wish paramount would put out both version of the film on a bluray. The theatrical version is not impressive at all but the unrated cut does a better job.


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