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2013

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Bill Ivers' life is in ruins. A defrocked NYPD police detective and convicted felon, Bill is tormented by debt collectors, looming alcoholism, and recurring nosebleeds that could point to a serious health problem. Bill's only companion is Sara, the mercurial cheating wife of his hapless landlord. Out of the blue, Bill visited by Gunther, a former colleague at the NYPD and savvy political operator. Gunther is there as an envoy to City Councilman John Lord-the former friend and mentor Bill took the fall for years ago. 'The old man's got a job for you Bill. And it pays really good money.' John Lord makes an emotional appeal to Bill, explaining that at this stage in his life, he needs to make amens for all the trespasses he has committed. Lord reveals that has an estranged daughter named Jessica-the product of a 20 year old extra marital affair. Jessica has recently filed a complaint with the 88th Precinct that she is being harassed by a stalker. Knowing the police typically can't help in situations like this, Lord offers to pay Bill an exorbitant amount of money to take on the case, in the hope it can win him favor with Jessica and earn him a place in her life again. In helping Jessica, Bill finds a way to transcend the corruption of his environs, and hopefully give meaning and worth to his wasted life, before its all over.(c) Official Site

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  • Dan Eberle pushes film noir to its subjective extreme with this well-acted, unpretentious story of a fatalistic ex-cop.

    Oct 21, 2013 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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  • A mildly engaging lowlife odyssey that struggles not to choke on its own style.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While Eberle's execution falls short, the scale of his ambition can't help but stir admiration: In an era where indies about people sitting around talking regularly receive accolades, making a microbudget film noir takes some guts.

    Oct 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Its familiar elements are rendered in noteworthy fashion, and the film stands as a strong example of the noir and mystery genres it plays in...

    Jan 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Shot in take-you-downtown-and-sweat-it-outta-you black and white, this noir took guts, and sometimes guts is all it takes.

    Dec 1, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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