The Cold Light of Day

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The naked body of a murdered little girl is found in a forest surrounding a small Eastern European town. It's the third case in a row, and local police detective Victor Marek (Richard E. Grant) is on the killer's trail, but his superior, Novak (James Laurenson), needs to solve the crime quickly in order to boost his political career. So he arrests some suspicious hippie who later hangs himself in a prison cell. Though Marek is ordered to close the case, he continues to work on it on his own. He rents an old gas station and a house in the area where the murders took place. Working from a drawing done by one of the murdered girls he tries to find the clues for the identity of the killer. Marek becomes so obsessed with his quest that when he meets Milena (Lynsey Baxter), a single young woman with a little daughter (Perdita Weeks), he does not hesitate to use the child as the bait for the criminal. Though the film plot bears a strong resemblance to Sean Penn's movie The Pledge, it is actually a remake of the 1958 German film It Happened in Broad Daylight, scripted by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt, who later reworked his original screenplay into the novel The Pledge. ~ Yuri German, Rovi

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Richard E. Grant
as Viktor Marek
Lynsey Baxter
as Milena Tatour
Simon Cadell
as Vladimir Kozant
Perdita Weeks
as Anna Tatour
Heathcote Williams
as Stephan Nuslauer
James Laurenson
as Pavel Novak
Joanna Dickens
as Old Woman
Thom Hoffman
as Alexi Berka
Roger Sloman
as Ludek Dittmayer
Gerard Thoolen
as Jan Pastorek
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