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Traces of Red Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Belushi, Tony Goldwyn, Lorraine Bracco, William Russ

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Jack Dobson (Belushi) and his partner Steve Frayn (Goldwyn) are Palm Beach detectives who are investigating a case of multiple murders, all involving women who can be linked to Jack in some way- one was an old girlfriend, another a one-night stand and another a waitress who worked at a bar he often frequented. They have no leads but numerous suspects. The killer taunts the police with anonymous letters about where he will strike again. Suspicion is cast on Steve when it is discovered that he had an affair with Jack's ex, Ellen Schofield (Bracco) shortly before she turned up dead. Steve swears to his partner that he did not kill her and suddenly the investigation shifts in another direction and Jack is at the center of suspicion. When he gets shot by Steve, everyone except his fellow cops believe Jack is dead and that he was the real murderer. He is not, it is just a clever set up engineered by the partners to catch the real killer, Jack's brother Michael (Russ). The plan works brilliantly.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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