Abilene is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in Texas, United States. The population was 117,463 at the 2010 census, making it the 27th-most populous city in the state of Texas, it is the principal city of the Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2017 estimated population of 170,219. It is the county seat of Taylor County. Dyess Air Force Base is located on the west side of the city. Abilene is located between exits 279 on its western edge and 292 on the east. Abilene is 150 miles west of Fort Worth; the city is looped by I-20 to the north, US 83/84 on the west, Loop 322 to the east. A railroad divides the city down the center into south; the historic downtown area is on the north side of the railroad. Established by cattlemen as a stock shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881, the city was named after Abilene, the original endpoint for the Chisholm Trail; the T&P had bypassed the town of the county seat at the time. A landowner north of Buffalo Gap, Clabe Merchant, known as the father of Abilene, chose the name for the new town.
According to a Dallas newspaper, about 800 people had begun camping at the townsite before the lots were sold. The town was laid out by Colonel J. Stoddard Johnson, the auction of lots began early on March 15, 1881. By the end of the first day, 139 lots were sold for a total of $23,810, another 178 lots were sold the next day for $27,550. Abilene was incorporated soon after being founded in 1881, Abilenians began to set their sights on bringing the county seat to Abilene, in a three-to-one vote, won the election. In 1888, the Progressive Committee was formed to attract businesses to the area, which became the Board of Trade in 1890. By 1900, 3,411 people lived in Abilene, in that decade, the Board of Trade changed its name to the 25,000 Club in the hope of reaching 25,000 people by the next census. However, this committee failed when the population only hit 9,204 in 1910. Replacing it was the Young Men's Booster Club, which became the Abilene Chamber of Commerce in 1914; the cornerstone was laid for the first of three future universities in Abilene, called Simmons College, in 1891, which became Hardin–Simmons University.
Childers Classical Institute followed in 1906 Abilene Christian University, the largest of the three. In 1923, McMurry College was founded and became McMurry University. Much more Abilene succeeded in bringing Cisco Junior College and Texas State Technical College branches to Abilene, with the Cisco Junior College headquarters being located in Abilene. In 1940, Abilene raised the money to purchase land for a U. S. Army base, southwest of town, named Camp Barkeley, at the time twice the size of Abilene with 60,000 men; when the base closed, many worried that Abilene could become a ghost town, but in the post-World War II boom, many servicemen returned to start businesses in Abilene. In the early-1950s, residents raised $893,261 to purchase 3,400 acres of land for an Air Force base. Today, Dyess Air Force Base is the city's largest employer, with 6,076 employees. Abilene's population nearly doubled in 10 years from 45,570 in 1950 to 90,638. In the same year, a second high school was added, Cooper High School.
In 1966, the Abilene Zoo was created near Abilene Regional Airport. The following year, one of the most important bond elections in the city's history passed for the funding of the construction of the Abilene Civic Center and the Taylor County Coliseum, as well as major improvements to Abilene Regional Airport. In 1969, the Woodson elementary and high school for black students closed as the school system was integrated. In 1982, Abilene became the first city in Texas to create a downtown reinvestment zone. Texas State Technical College opened an Abilene branch three years later; the 2,250-bed French Robertson Prison Unit was built in 1989. A half-cent sales tax earmarked for economic development was created after the decline in the petroleum business in the 1980s. A branch of Cisco Junior College was located in the city in 1990; the Grace Museum and Paramount Theatre revitalizations, along with Artwalk in 1992, sparked a decade of downtown restoration. In 2004, Frontier Texas!, a multimedia museum highlighting the history of the area from 1780 to 1880, was constructed, a new $8 million, 38-acre Cisco Junior College campus was built at Loop 322 and Industrial Boulevard.
Subdivisions and businesses started locating along the freeway, on the same side as the CJC campus, showing a slow but progressive trend for Abilene growth on the Loop. Abilene has become the commercial, retail and transportation hub of a 19-county area more known as "The Big Country", but known as the "Texas Midwest", is part of the Central Great Plains ecoregion. By the end of 2005, commercial and residential development had reached record levels in and around the city. Abilene is located in northeastern Taylor County; the city limits extend north into Jones County. Interstate 20 leads west 148 miles to Midland. Three U. S. highways pass through the city. US 83 runs west of the city center, leading south 55 miles to Ballinger. US 84 runs with US 83 through the southwest part of the city but leads southeast 52 miles to Coleman and west with I-20 40 miles to Sweetwater. US 277 follows US 83 around the northwest side of the city and north to Anson but heads southwest from Abilene 89 miles so San Angelo.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Abilene has a total area of 112.2 square miles, of which 106.8 square miles are land and 5.4 square miles are covered by
Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin James Schaffner was an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Patton, is known for the films Planet of the Apes and Alexandra, The Boys from Brazil. Schaffner was born in Tokyo, the son of American missionaries Sarah Horting and Paul Franklin Schaffner, was raised in Japan, he returned to the United States and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, where he was active in drama. He studied law at Columbia University in New York City but his education was interrupted by service with the United States Navy in World War II during which he served with American amphibious forces in Europe and North Africa. In the latter stages of the war he was sent to the Pacific Far East to serve with the United States Office for Strategic Services. Returning home after the war, he found work in the television industry with March of Time and joined the CBS network, he won directing Emmys for his work on Twelve Angry Men. Schaffner earned two more Emmy awards for his work on the 1955 TV adaptation of the Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, shown on the anthology series Ford Star Jubilee.
He won his fourth Emmy Award for his work on The Defenders. In the realm of network television, Schaffner received widespread critical acclaim in 1962 for his groundbreaking collaboration with the First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy and CBS television's Musical Director Alfredo Antonini in the production of A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy- a television special, broadcast to over 80 million viewers worldwide. Schaffner's contributions in this production earned him a nomination in 1963 by the Director's Guild of America USA, for its award in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television. In 1960, he directed Allen Drury's stage play Consent, his first motion picture The Stripper was praised, he made The Best Man, The War Lord, The Double Man. They were followed by the commercial hit Planet of the Apes, his next film, Patton was a major success for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director and the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director.
Works included Nicholas and Alexandra, Islands in the Stream and The Boys from Brazil. Schaffner was President of the Directors Guild of America from 1987 until his death in 1989. Jerry Goldsmith composed the music for seven of his films: The Stripper, Planet of the Apes, Papillon, Islands in the Stream, The Boys from Brazil and Lionheart. Four of them were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Schaffner twice worked with actors Charlton Heston and Maurice Evans, George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier. Schaffner married Helen Jane Gilchrist in 1948; the couple had two children and Kate. Schaffner died on July 2, 1989, at the age of 69, he was released 10 days before his death from a hospital. Screenwriter William Goldman identified Schaffner in 1981 as being one of the three best directors at handling "scope" in films; the other two were Richard Attenborough. In 1991 Schaffner's widow Jean established the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, awarded by the American Film Institute at its annual ceremony to an alumnus of either the AFI Conservatory or the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women who best embodies the qualities of the late director: talent, taste and commitment to quality filmmaking.
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Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller drama film. It was written and co-produced by Toby Emmerich; the film stars Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel as father and son and John Sullivan respectively. It was filmed in New York City; the film gained favorable reviews following its release via DVD format on October 31, 2000. In October 1969, FDNY firefighter Frank Sullivan dies in a warehouse fire, leaving behind his wife Julia and six-year-old son John. Thirty years in 1999, now an NYPD detective, is dumped by his girlfriend Samantha for being shut off. John's childhood friend Gordo finds a Heathkit single-sideband ham radio that once belonged to Frank, but fails to get it working; the night before the anniversary of his father's death, John is surprised to find the radio broadcasting during an occurrence of the aurora borealis, has a brief conversation with another man concerning the 1969 World Series, which John is able to recount in specific detail. He realizes that the other man is his father in 1969 and tries to warn him of his impending death.
The next day, while attempting to rescue a young girl, Frank remembers John's warning and manages to escape the warehouse. That evening, the two learn a great deal about each other's lives. Subsequently, John begins to notice major changes in the present: His mother Julia no longer lives at her current address, Samantha doesn't recognize him, he learns that Frank died in 1989 from lung cancer, his boss, Sgt. Satch DeLeon, an old friend of Frank's, assigns him to investigate the "Nightingale", a serial killer who murdered three nurses in the 1960s and was never caught. However, John discovers that the Nightingale is now connected to ten murders, including that of his mother two weeks after Frank's now-avoided death. Feeling guilty that their actions somehow led to the Nightingale committing more murders, John persuades his father to help him prevent these crimes from occurring. Frank manages to save the first victim, but when he tries to rescue the second, the Nightingale subdues him, steals his driver's license, plants it on the victim to frame Frank for the murder.
When Frank shares his experience with his son, John realizes Frank's wallet has the Nightingale's fingerprints. John instructs his father to wrap his wallet in plastic and hide it somewhere in the house where John can find it 30 years later. Using the preserved fingerprints from the wallet, John identifies the Nightingale as Jack Shepard, a former detective. In the original timeline, Shepard died from a medical error the same night Frank died, but since, in the new timeline, Julia didn't leave the hospital early after learning of Frank's death, she was at the hospital and prevented the error that would have killed Shepard. Meanwhile, Frank is approached by then-Detective Satch DeLeon who tries to arrest him on suspicion of murder. In the resulting struggle, the radio sustains damage, shutting it off. At the station, Frank attempts to prove his innocence to Satch by being able to predict various aspects of the 1969 World Series, including the infamous Game 5 "shoe polish incident". While awaiting questioning, Frank activates the precinct's fire sprinkler system and breaks into Shepard's apartment, where he finds jewelry taken from the victims.
Shepard catches Frank in the act and pursues him, ending with a fight underwater where Frank appears to have killed Shepard. Satch, having realized that Frank was telling the truth, arrives in time to witness the struggle, finds the jewelry from the victims and Frank is exonerated. Frank fixes the radio, but while talking both he and John are attacked by the 1969 and 1999 versions of Shepard. Using a shotgun, Frank manages to blow off Shepard's right hand in 1969 and Shepard flees, causing Shepherd's hand to disappear in 1999 just as he's about to kill John as the changes in the past affect the present. Furnishings in the house begin to change as the timeline fixes itself in 1999 and an elderly Frank, having quit smoking to avoid his death in 1989, appears and kills Shepard with the same shotgun, embraces his son; the film concludes with a baseball game including John, John's young son, Julia and Gordo, who's now wealthy on account of having invested in Yahoo! on John's advice through the radio.
Dennis Quaid as Francis Patrick "Frank" Sullivan Jim Caviezel as John Francis "Johnny" Sullivan Andre Braugher as Satch DeLeon Elizabeth Mitchell as Julia "Jules" Sullivan Shawn Doyle as Jack Shepard Noah Emmerich as Gordon "Gordo" Hersch Melissa Errico as Samantha Thomas Jordan Bridges as Graham Gibson Peter MacNeill as Butch Foster Michael Cera as Gordon Hersch Jr. Gordo's son Marin Hinkle as Sissy Clark Brian Greene as Himself Daniel Henson as 6-year-old John "Johnny" Sullivan Stephen Joffe as 6-year-old Gordon "Gordo" Hersch The film was greenlighted for production on January 21, 1999. Sylvester Stallone was rumored to be taking the role of Frank Sullivan in 1997, but fell out of the deal after a dispute over his fee. Renny Harlin was rumored to be director on the film. Gregory Hoblit first read the script in eighteen months after his father's death. In a 2000 interview shortly after the American release of Frequency, he described the film as "high risk" since the project had been passed among several directors, including one of note who had twice the budget Hoblit was given.
In the same interview, he described the difficulty. Hoblit realized he needed an "experienced actor" to portray Frank Sullivan, thus settled on Dennis Quaid. Two weeks before its release, a snea
Fracture (2007 film)
Fracture is a 2007 American-German legal drama film, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, directed by Gregory Hoblit. It is the story of a man who shoots his unfaithful wife, engages in a battle of wits with a young assistant district attorney; the film grossed $91 million. It was filmed in California. Theodore "Ted" Crawford, a wealthy and resourceful Irish aeronautical engineer in Los Angeles, confirms that his wife, Jennifer, is having an affair with police detective Robert Nunally. Confronting his wife, Crawford shoots her. Police are called, including Nunally, who enters the house cautiously, negotiating with Crawford for both to put down their guns. Crawford confesses. Recognizing the victim, being subtly goaded by Crawford, Nunally becomes enraged and assaults him. Now in jail awaiting trial, Crawford engages in a battle of wits with rising star deputy district attorney William "Willy" Beachum, who considers the case an open-and-shut matter and agrees to go to trial immediately. Beachum is preparing to transition from criminal law to a corporate attorneyship at well-known law firm Wooton & Simms, flirts with his future boss, Nikki Gardner.
At the trial, Crawford acts as his own attorney, thereby matching himself, an untrained litigant, against a star prosecutor. Crawford informs the court that the arresting officer was having an affair with his wife, assaulted him during his arrest, was present during his interrogation. Crawford's confession is therefore ruled inadmissible as evidence, being fruit of the poisonous tree. Beachum discovers that Crawford's handgun could not have been used in the shooting because it does not match shell casings at the crime scene and in fact has never been fired; this baffles police, since CCTV surveillance was in effect during the shooting and until Crawford's arrest. Nunally comes up with a scheme to plant false evidence to implicate Crawford. With no new evidence to present, Beachum has to concede the trial, Crawford is acquitted. Disgraced, Nunally commits suicide outside the court. Beachum's future with the prestigious firm is now in tatters. However, he begins to see his D. A. job as a means to fight for justice for those such as Crawford's wife.
Crawford himself observes the change, commenting sarcastically that Beachum has "found God". This motivates Beachum to continue searching for evidence obsessively. Realizing that Crawford's plan is to dispose of the only eyewitness to the crime, Beachum obtains a court order to keep Jennifer on life support, he is unable to prevent staff turning off her life support. A mix-up of cell phones causes Beachum to realize that Nunally and Crawford both used the same type of gun, a.45 caliber Glock 21. He figures out that before the crime Crawford must have switched his and Nunally's guns in the hotel room where Jennifer and Nunally secretly met. Crawford had shot his wife with Nunally's gun reloaded it; the detective had arrived on the scene carrying Crawford's gun, both had put down their weapons as a preliminary move in negotiations. When Nunally had recognized the victim, rushing over to Jennifer, Crawford had switched the guns again, retrieving his own, weapon; when Crawford had reappeared brandishing his gun, Nunally had tackled and assaulted him, before Crawford's arrest.
Nunally had unwittingly holstered the murder weapon, allowing the unused gun be taken as evidence. Beachum confronts Crawford with his deductions. With Jennifer now dead, the bullet lodged in her head can now be retrieved and matched with Nunally's gun. Crawford confesses. However, Beachum dryly informs him that by allowing his wife to die, Crawford can now be prosecuted for murder, having been tried for attempted murder. Since he had taken Jennifer off life support, new charges can be filed against Crawford and a new trial can be set. Crawford is arrested by waiting police; the film ends with a new trial about to begin, with Beachum prosecuting and Crawford surrounded by a team of paid defense attorneys from Wooton & Simms. Anthony Hopkins as Theodore "Ted" Crawford Ryan Gosling as William "Willy" Beachum David Strathairn as District Attorney Joe Lobruto Rosamund Pike as Nikki Gardner Embeth Davidtz as Jennifer Crawford Billy Burke as Lt. Rob Nunally Cliff Curtis as Detective Flores Fiona Shaw as Judge Robinson Bob Gunton as Judge Frank Gardner Josh Stamberg as Norman Foster Xander Berkeley as Judge Moran Zoe Kazan as Mona Alla Korot as Russian translator Fracture was released on April 20, 2007.
It opened in 2,443 theaters in the United States and grossed $3,677,000 on its opening day and $11,014,657 during its opening weekend, ranking No. 2 with a per theater average of $4,508. During its second weekend, it grossed $6,814,714 -- $2,789 per theater average. During its third weekend, it made $3,696,060 -- $1,562 per theater average. Fracture went on to gross Canada and $52,339,197 overseas. In total, the film grossed $91,354,215 worldwide. Fracture opened in 2007 to positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 71% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 173 reviews and an average score of 6.5/10, making the film "Certified Fresh" on the website's rating system. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 68 based on 35 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor gave the film a positive review, praising bo
Debrah Farentino is an American actress and journalist. She began her career starring in the CBS daytime soap opera Capitol from 1982 to 1987, before moving to prime time with a female leading role in the ABC comedy drama series Hooperman. Farentino had starring roles in a number of dramatic series in 1990s, include Equal Justice, Earth 2, EZ Streets and Get Real, her other notable credits include 1993 comedy film Son of the Pink Panther, 1999 miniseries Storm of the Century, well as Syfy comedy-drama Eureka. Born Deborah Mullowney in Lucas Valley, Farentino attended Miller Creek Junior High School and Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, she went on to pursue her undergraduate education at San Jose State before transferring to UCLA and was a model for Ford before becoming an actress. Farentino began her acting career in 1982, she has since appeared in over fifty movies and TV shows, including Hooperman and Son of the Pink Panther. Her most famous role was as Devon Adair in NBC's SciFi series Earth 2, the first female commander depicted in science fiction.
Over the span of four decades, she has guest starred in many television programs, including NYPD Blue, the revival of The Outer Limits, JAG, CSI: Miami, Hawaii Five-0. Her most recent roles include as Isabelle Matia-Paris in the ABC series Wildfire and Beverly Barlowe in the Syfy Channel series Eureka. Farentino has produced specials for PBS/WXEL, receiving a Suncoast Emmy nomination for "Saving Americas Heroes”, she has appeared on CBS news as a special correspondent covering Guardian Angel units and has embedded multiple times with USAF Special Forces rescue units in Afghanistan. She was chosen as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1995, while pregnant with daughter Sophie. In 1979 she married Scott Staples, they divorced in 1983. In 1985, she married actor James Farentino, more than 20 years her senior, their marriage ended in 1988. Her third husband was producer Tony Adams in 1990-1994 she married director Gregory Hoblit, they divorced in 2009, she has one in the photographer Molly Adams.
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Primal Fear (film)
Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir crime-thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of the same name and directed by Gregory Hoblit. The film tells the story of a Chicago defense attorney who believes that his altar boy client is not guilty of murdering an influential Catholic Archbishop. Primal Fear was a box office success and earned positive reviews, with Edward Norton making a strong showing in his film debut, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. Martin Vail is a Chicago defense attorney who loves the spotlight and does everything he can to get his high-profile clients acquitted on legal technicalities. One day, he sees a news report about the arrest of Aaron Stampler, a 19-year-old altar boy from Kentucky with a severe stutter, accused of brutally murdering the beloved Archbishop Rushman. Vail jumps at the chance to represent the young man, pro bono. During his meetings at the County jail with Stampler, Vail comes to believe that his client is innocent, much to the chagrin of the prosecutor, Janet Venable.
As the trial begins, Vail discovers that powerful civic leaders, including the corrupt state's attorney John Shaughnessy lost millions of dollars in real estate investments due to a decision by the Archbishop not to develop on certain church-owned lands. The Archbishop secretly received numerous death threats as a result. Following a tip from a former altar boy about a videotape involving Stampler, Vail makes a search of the Archbishop's apartment and finds a VHS tape shot by Rushman that shows Stampler being forced to have sex with another teenage altar boy and a teenage girl named Linda Forbes. Vail is now in a dilemma: introducing this evidence would make Stampler more sympathetic to the jury; when Vail confronts his client and accuses him of having lied, Stampler breaks down crying and transforms into a new persona: a violent, foul-mouthed sociopath who calls himself “Roy”. "Roy" confesses to the murder of the Archbishop and assaults and wounds Vail. When this incident is over, Stampler once again becomes passive and shy, appears to have no recollection of the personality switch - what he calls having "lost time."
Molly Arrington, the psychiatrist examining Stampler and who witnessed the entire event, is convinced that he has dissociative identity disorder caused by years of abuse at the hands of his father which resurfaced following the sexual abuse that Stampler received by Rushman. Vail does not want to hear this, because he knows that he cannot enter an insanity plea during an ongoing trial. Vail sets up a confrontation in court by dropping hints about the Archbishop's abusive tendencies, as well as Stampler's multiple personalities, he has the sex tape delivered to Venable, knowing she will realize who sent it—since she is under intense pressure from both Shaughnessy and her boss Bud Yancy to deliver a guilty verdict at any cost—and will use it as proof of motive. At the climax, Vail puts Stampler on the witness stand and questions him about the sexual abuse he suffered at the pedophile Archbishop's hands. After Venable questions him harshly during cross-examination, Stampler turns into "Roy" in open court and attacks her, threatening to snap her neck if anyone comes near him.
He is rushed back to his holding cell. The judge dismisses the jury in favor of a bench trial and finds Stampler not guilty by reason of insanity, remanding him to a maximum security mental hospital. Venable is fired for losing the case and for allowing the Archbishop's crimes to come to public light. Vail visits Stampler in his cell to tell him of the dismissal. Stampler claims to have no recollection of what happened in the courtroom, having again "lost time". However, as Vail is leaving, Stampler asks him to "tell Miss Venable I hope her neck is okay", which he could not have been able to remember if he had "lost time"; when Vail confronts him, Stampler reveals. No longer stuttering, he brags about having murdered Archbishop Rushman, as well as Linda Forbes; when Vail asks if there was a "Roy", Stampler replies that "there never was an Aaron". Stunned and disillusioned at how he was so manipulated by his own client, Vail walks away and leaves the courthouse as the manipulative and murderous Stampler taunts him from his cell.
The soundtrack included. Primal Fear received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 75% positive rating based on reviews from 44 critics, with an average score of 6.7 out of 10. The site's consensus states "A straightforward, entertaining thriller with a crackerjack performance by Edward Norton". According to Janet Maslin, the film has a "good deal of surface charm", but "the story relies on an overload of tangential subplots to keep it looking busy." Roger Ebert wrote, "the plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters." Ebert awarded Primal Fear three-and-a-half stars out of a possible four, described Gere's performance as one of the best in his career, praised Linney for rising above what might have been a stock character, applauded Edward Norton for offering a "completely convincing" portrayal. The film spent three weekends at the top of the U. S. box offic
Untraceable is a 2008 American crime thriller film directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Diane Lane, Colin Hanks, Billy Burke, Joseph Cross. It was distributed by Screen Gems. Set in Portland, the film involves a serial killer who rigs contraptions that kill his victims based on the number of hits received by a website KillWithMe.com that features a live streaming video of the victim. Millions of people log on. Special Agent Jennifer Marsh is a widowed single parent living in a suburban Portland home with her daughter, Annie Haskins, her mother, Stella Marsh. At night, she works in the FBI's cybercrime division with Griffin Dowd, fighting identity theft and similar crimes. One night, an anonymous tip leads them to a website called KillWithMe.com. The site killed; the website cannot be shut down, as the creator knew that someone would try and built into it a fail-safe. After the cat's death, KillWithMe.com's webmaster graduates to human victims, kidnapping them and placing them in death traps that are progressively activated by the number of hits the website receives.
The first victim is a helicopter pilot, followed by a newscaster. At a press conference, the public is urged to avoid the website, but as Jennifer feared this only increases the site's popularity. Griffin is kidnapped after investigating a lead based on his hunch as to the killer's identity and receiving a phone call from the killer disguising his voice and posing as one of Griffin's jilted blind dates. In the killer's basement, he is submerged up to his neck in a vat of water with his mouth taped shut. After the killer leaves the room, Griffin uses his dying moments to blink a message in morse code, giving the FBI the lead he was following up on. Jennifer follows up on the morse code message to discover that the victims were not random: they were involved in broadcasting or presenting the suicide of a junior college teacher; the teacher's unstable techno prodigy son, Owen Reilly, broke down and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. When released, he decided to take revenge and prove a point: that the public's interest in the suffering of others is insatiable, as well as to wreak vengeance on those he felt had exploited his father's death.
The police raid Owen's house but he is not present. Owen has been following Jennifer, he captures and places Jennifer in a makeshift death trap: hanging her above a cultivator and progressively lowering her to her death. Jennifer escapes by swinging out of the way while dangling from the ceiling, she breaks free and pins down the murderer, fatally shooting Owen on his own website as the police arrive. Jennifer displays her FBI badge to the webcam; the chatter in the website's chat room dwindles, statements being made such as "a genius died today" as well as "glad the killer is dead" and another one saying "You go girl!", a final comment asking whether the video could be downloaded. Diane Lane as FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh Colin Hanks as FBI Agent Griffin Dowd Billy Burke as Detective Eric Box Joseph Cross as Owen Reilly Mary Beth Hurt as Stella Marsh Tyrone Giordano as Tim Wilkes Perla Haney-Jardine as Annie Haskins Christopher Cousins as David Williams Tim De Zarn as Herbert Miller Peter Lewis as Richard Brooks Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Arthur James Elmer Dax Jordan as Scotty Hillman John Breen as Richard Weymouth Brynn Baron as Mrs. Miller Phil Hamilton as Mr. Miller The film was shot in and around Portland, Oregon.
A temporary studio was constructed in Clackamas, where all non-location photography was done interiors, including the FBI's cyber division, Jennifer Marsh's house, the FBI building elevator, several basements, etc. A scene set on the east end of the Broadway Bridge was shot both on the actual bridge as well as at the studio. A faux diner was built underneath the Broadway bridge, used in the movie; the birthday party for Perla Haney-Jardine's character Annie was filmed in the roller skating rink of Oaks Amusement Park. Untraceable received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 16% based on 149 reviews, with the site's consensus being, "Despite Diane Lane's earnest effort, Untraceable manages to be nothing more than a run-of-the-mill thriller with a hypocritical message". Several critics viewed the film as hypocritical for indulging in the "torture porn", it met criticism for its climax, seen as devolving into horror film clichés. Lane was praised for her performance in the film.
Roger Ebert gave the film a favorable review. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film a negative review, giving it zero stars; the film opened poorly, below the $35 million budget. It grossed $51.8 million worldwide, on theatrical release. On May 13, 2008, Untraceable was released on Blu-ray; the DVD included four featurettes. Untraceable on IMDb Untraceable at AllMovie Untraceable at Box Office Mojo Untraceable at Rotten Tomatoes Untraceable at Metacritic