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When a San Francisco homicide detective with a keen eye for criminal profiling is fired for botching the arrest of a notorious serial killer, his subsequent effort to reinvent himself as an insurance claims case-investigator leads him to study a series of perplexing wrongful deaths in this comedy starring Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder, Tim Blake Nelson, and Wilmer Valderrama. Michael Burrows (Fiennes) isn't your typical detective. Though Detective Burrows is a paranoid obsessive-compulsive who faints at the sight of blood, his remarkable insight into the criminal mindset has nevertheless made him a valuable asset to the San Francisco Police Department. When Detective Burrows' idiosyncrasies allow the feared "North Beach Killer" to elude capture, however, he is fired by his superiors. Upon offering his unique skills to a doubting insurance company, Burrows is given 30 days in which to prove he can sort out the legitimate claims from the false ones. Now, as Burrows makes for the Midwest in the company of hard-nosed field agent Siri Tyler (Ryder), the film student (Valderrama) who has been following the former detective for his thesis follows the pair as they investigate a series of forehead-slapping deaths, including that of a powerful executive who attempts to prove that his high-rise window is unbreakable and a pair of English tourists who fatally misinterpret the "cruise control" function on their rented RV. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 7, 2007


Finn Taylor
Johnny Wow
Jane Sindell
Jason Blum
Finn Taylor
Hiro Narita
Charles Raggio
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Kitay
Composer (Music Score)
Rick LeCompte
Peter Jamison
Production Designer
Don Day
Art Director
Debbie Brubaker
Frank Capra III
Charles Hsiao
Executive Producer
Laurie A. Miller
Executive Producer
Steven Siebert
Executive Producer
Amy Brownson
Costume Designer
Elizabeth Covell
Set Decorator
Christopher Boyes
Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Capra III
First Assistant Director
Frank Eulner
First Assistant Director
Dick Ziker
Second Unit Director
Andy Mayson
Co-Executive Producer
Marjolaine Tremblay-Silva
Visual Effects Supervisor
Peter Naish
Co-Executive Producer
Joseph Middleton
Second Unit Director