R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.
Warren Beatty turned down the role of David Corelli.
There's only three fun things in life, paisà: money, sex and power.
David Corelli: Two out of three's not bad.
The footage that is recovered from the partially-burned Hi8 tape in the fire shows dust, dirt, and speckles upon playback. This kind of damage would only occur with a reel of film; a videotape would never exhibit film damage.
William Friedkin created a director's cut of the film, approximately twelve minutes longer, which added quite a few scenes including a different ending. This version aired exclusively on USA cable network Cinemax in August/September 1996. It has also been posted on Hulu.
$4,284,246 15 October 1995