- Jennifer Eight
name =Jennifer Eight
Andy Garcia Lance Henriksen Uma Thurman John Malkovich
Christopher Young| distributor = Paramount Pictures
runtime =124 min.
awards =Audience Award,
Jury "Coup de Chapeau",
Uma Thurman, John Malkovich, Conrad L. Hall
Special Jury Prize,
Jennifer Eight is a 1992 film written and directed by
Bruce Robinsonand starring Andy Garcia, Lance Henriksen, Uma Thurmanand John Malkovich.
John Berlin (
Andy Garcia) is a cop teetering toward burnout on the streets of Los Angelesand the collapse of his marriage. At the invitation of an old friend, fellow cop Freddy Ross ( Lance Henriksen), Berlin bolts from the LAPDfor a supposedly quieter life in rural Californiawith the Eureka police force.
Instead, Berlin prickles his new colleagues, including J. K. Taylor (
Graham Beckel), who was passed over for promotion in order to make room for Berlin.
Berlin reopens the case of a
serial killerof blind girls which went unsolved despite a full-time six-month effort by the department. The killer has already claimed seven victims.
Berlin is trying to connect the case to a body found at a dump, but Taylor and police chief Citrine (
Kevin Conway) refuse to believe that the body at the dump is in any way connected to the case.
Berlin becomes convinced that "Jennifer 8" -- or victim 8 -- will be blind student Helena Robertson (
Uma Thurman), whose roommate Amber was the seventh victim. Berlin becomes obsessed with the case, despite an almost complete lack of hard evidence, and he becomes romantically involved with Helena, who resembles his ex-wife.
Concerned for Berlin's physical and emotional welfare, Ross accompanies Berlin on a stakeout at the institute where Helena lives in a dorm, after leaving Helena at a party with Ross' wife Margie (
When they see lights in the closed school, Berlin investigates and is knocked unconscious by the killer, who then shoots Ross dead with Berlin's gun.
After a grueling interrogation by
FBIagent St. Anne ( John Malkovich), Berlin figures out that the killer is Taylor, whose killing spree was prompted by a traumatic childhood spent attending the Daphne Klebe School, an all-girls school for the blind.
Berlin tries to tell St. Anne and Citrine what he has learned, but St. Anne and Citrine refuse to believe him. Berlin is arrested for Ross's murder, but is bailed out by Margie, who believes the truth that Berlin is not the killer.
When Berlin hears that Margie has taken Helena back to the institute, Berlin knows Helena and Margie are in danger, because Taylor has indeed selected Helena to be his next victim. But Margie has a plan.
Margie masquerades as Helena, and is cornered by Taylor at the dorm. Taylor is shocked when the woman that he thinks is Helena turns around...and he sees Margie's face.
Margie raises a gun, aims it at Taylor, and fatally shoots him, exactly the way he did Ross.
Andy Garcia- Sgt. John Berlin
Lance Henriksen- Sgt. Freddy Ross
Uma Thurman- Helena Robertson
Graham Beckel- John "J.K." Taylor
Kathy Baker- Margie Ross
*Kevin Conway - Chief Citrine
John Malkovich- Agent St. Anne
Perry Lang- Travis
Bruce Kenselaar- Bobby
*Nicholas Love - Bisley
*Stephen Piemonte II - Trimble
*imdb title|id=0104549|title=Jennifer Eight
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