R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.
At the end, at Lincoln's Christmas party, you see Paulie's (Ed O'Neill's) family. It consists of a redheaded wife, a blonde daughter, and a dark haired son. This family mirrors Al Bundy's family in the television show Married with Children (1987), for which Ed O'Neill is best known.
Maybe this'll help.
Lincoln Rhyme: Cheney will have your badge for that.
Amelia: Well, he wouldn't give me a chain of custody voucher, so what could I do?
Lincoln Rhyme: You could bring it back to him.
Amelia: The man is a living monument to ineptitude.
Lincoln Rhyme: True. Let's take a look.
In the very opening scene, Lincoln, a quadriplegic, wakes alone from a nightmare and the shot from above shows his knees are bent and parted. In the next shot, his legs are perfectly straight with only the feet tenting the sheet.
An alternative ending was shot where Thelma survives and can be seen at the Christmas party. This was not used because it was deemed too unbelievable.
$16,712,020 (USA) (7 November 1999)