Jennifer Eight


Jennifer Eight

Infobox_Film
name =Jennifer Eight


imdb_id =0104549
writer =Bruce Robinson
starring =Andy Garcia
Lance Henriksen
Uma Thurman
John Malkovich
director =Bruce Robinson
editing =Conrad Buff
producer =Gary Lucchesi
music =Christopher Young | distributor =Paramount Pictures
released =1992
runtime =124 min.
language =English
awards =Audience Award, Bruce Robinson
Jury "Coup de Chapeau", Uma Thurman, John Malkovich, Conrad L. Hall
Special Jury Prize, Bruce Robinson

Jennifer Eight is a 1992 film written and directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Andy Garcia, Lance Henriksen, Uma Thurman and John Malkovich.

Plot summary

John Berlin (Andy Garcia) is a cop teetering toward burnout on the streets of Los Angeles and the collapse of his marriage. At the invitation of an old friend, fellow cop Freddy Ross (Lance Henriksen), Berlin bolts from the LAPD for a supposedly quieter life in rural California with 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 killer of 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 (Kathy Baker).

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 FBI agent 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.

Cast

*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

External links

*imdb title|id=0104549|title=Jennifer Eight


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