Mercy (2000)

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Detective Catherine Palmer investigates a series of sexually gruesome serial murders and becomes embroiled in a world of lesbianism and bondage after she becomes obsessed with one of the victims' paramours.

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17 May 2001 | danmconley
| A guilty pleasure
I can understand those who give Mercy a 1 ... in many ways, it's a terrible film. For the most part, it's a teenaged boy's wet dream about beautiful lesbians, wrapped in Lynchian style.

And yet, I couldn't stop watching it. Ellen Barkin remains a highly underrated actress (and an unbelievably sexy woman for her age.) Peta Wilson has hypnotic beauty and holds her own quite well with Barkin. She actually "researched" the role by delving into LA's lesbian S&M scene for a few weeks ... what a trooper.

If you have Memento-esque short-term memory lapse, this is a great film. Forget the plot and float along in its lurid eroticism.

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Did You Know?


In the original script, Vickie was a teenager.


Mechanic: So, you're a cop?
Det. Catherine Palmer: Yeah. You like that?
Mechanic: Yeah. What do you work, vice?
Det. Catherine Palmer: Homicide.
Mechanic: That's a little weird, isn't it? I mean, you being a woman and all?
Det. Catherine Palmer: What do you do?
Mechanic: Mechanic. I fix things.
Det. Catherine Palmer: Say you got an old lady, she comes into the shop. She's ...
Mechanic: I'd...


Bernadine's shirt and skirt disappear from the dressing room floor during her sex scene with Vickie.

Alternate Versions

Released in theaters at 93 minutes. The American DVD release features the "International Version" of the film which runs 117 minutes. This unrated, unedited version has longer scenes and new footage, added some of which are:

  • The sex scene between Detective Palmer and the mechanic is longer and more explicit, plus a scene afterward showing Palmer arrives home at her house, pouring drinks for herself, and having visions of a nude man in her bathroom, her ex-husband, along with a chestnut haired woman.
  • A shot of Vicki smoking heroin ("chasing the dragon") after Palmer interogates her as well as her looking over photos of her little sister.
  • A fantasy shot of Palmer punching the chestnut haired woman in the bar, and then explaining to Vicki that it's the woman who her husband cheated on, as well as more dialoge where Detective Palmer explains to Vicki about her marriage and her husband.
  • The dreams Palmer has of the victums is longer and more explicit which include a man performing sex on one of them.
  • The scene where Detective Palmer discovers Vicki's dead body show her crying after discovering the photo of Vicki and her sister, and then assaulting one of the detectives who walk in and make a disparaging comment about Vicki being a dyke and so on.
  • After the wounded Palmer fataly stabs Mary with a knife, Mary holds Palmer's hand as she breaths her dying breath.


Written by Arthur Levin,
Nick Fowler
Performed by Mother
Courtesy of Gamut Entertainment


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