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Murder by Numbers (2002)

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Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writer:

Tony Gayton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Cassie Mayweather
Ben Chaplin ... Sam Kennedy
Ryan Gosling ... Richard Haywood
Michael Pitt ... Justin Pendleton
Agnes Bruckner ... Lisa Mills
Chris Penn ... Ray
R.D. Call ... Captain Rod Cody
Tom Verica ... Al Swanson
Janni Brenn Janni Brenn ... Ms. Elder
John Vickery ... Restaurant Manager
Michael Canavan ... Mr. Chechi
Krista Carpenter ... Olivia Lake
Neal Matarazzo ... Male Officer in Flashback
Adilah Barnes ... Lab Technician
Jim Jansen ... Lawyer
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Storyline

Richard Haywood, a Californian high school's coolest kid, secretly teams up with another rich kid in his class, brilliant nerd Justin 'Bonaparte' Pendleton, whose erudition, specially in forensic matters, allows them to plan elaborately perfect murders, just for the kick, for which they set up Richard's marijuana supplier, their school's janitor Ray Feathers, as a psychotic serial killer. The case is assigned to detectives Cassie 'the hyena' Mayweather, who carries a sequoia-size chip on the shoulder from her previous life, and her brilliant new partner, Sam Kennedy, who just transferred from the vice squad; they can work together very well, and even fit romantically, but fall out over different professional attitudes towards the investigation, which Captain Rod Cody and her understandably vindictive abused ex, Assistant D.A. Al Swanson, soon ban her from when she disobeys instructions and hand to him. When the plotting boys both dig class-mate Lisa Mills, their unnatural bond comes ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Justice will be served See more »


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Rated R for violence, language, a sex scene and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The high school scenes were originally slated to be filmed at San Luis Obispo High School. The superintendent changed his mind before filming could take place due to the content of the script. See more »

Goofs

The active ingredient in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, not "tetrahedral chloride" as identified in the film, other than the comparison to pot, the character's description of absinthe is otherwise correct See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: Shall we say the words one last time?
Justin: One cannot live fully without embracing suicide in crime.
Richard: Say it.
Justin: A pact made with relentless fire that requires that, while some live, others die.
Richard: On three...
in unison: One, two, three
[gun shot]
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Happy Birthday, Baby (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Number of the Beast
Written by Steve Harris (as Stephen Percy Harris)
Performed by Iron Maiden
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group/EMI Records Ltd.
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Disappointing Movie
19 January 2004 | by PopRox9139See all my reviews

I wanted to see this movie from the very first time that I saw the preview. I visited the website for the movie once a week and watched the preview. I even wanted to see it in the theaters, which unfortunately never happened. Anyways, when I rented the movie, I had high expectations. I wanted to like this movie. Unfortunately, by the time it was over I almost hated it. The movie wasn't too bad at first, I kind of liked the plotting high school kids. The gay undertones between them were disturbing, due in large part to the constant outbursts of my mother who kept asking, "Are they gay lovers?" when she was not asking if Ryan Gosling's mother drank while pregnant because of how closely his eyes are set. On behalf of my mother, I apologize to Mr. Gosling, and his mother. Overall, the movie was not too bad when it was just a couple of kids trying to get away with murder, they just had to add a strong female detective who becomes suspicious of them for no real reason that I can think of other than that it suits the plot, and the movie goes downward until an ending that I personally hate so very much that it renders the rest of the movie unwatchable. I swore never to watch this movie again just because of that ending, and I have not.


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murd3r 8y Num8ers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,307,394, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$31,945,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,714,147
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1.85 : 1
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