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Spenser: Small Vices (1999)

Rita Fiore hires Spenser to determine if two-time loser Ellis Alves really did kill a college coed. Soon everybody wants him off the case, from the investigating officer to the parents of ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writers:

Robert B. Parker (novel), Robert B. Parker (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Spenser
Eugene Lipinski ... Grey Man / Rugar
Laila Robins ... Rita Fiore
Chris Britton ... Partner #1
Marcia Gay Harden ... Susan Silverman
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Hawk
Wood Harris ... Ellis Alves
Marcia Bennett ... Mrs. Henderson
Joanna Miles ... Evans
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Captain Healy
Dean McDermott ... Tommy Miller
Topaz Hasfal-Schou ... Lila
Vincent Guastaferro ... Gino Fish
Vinny Vella ... Vinnie
Lara Wickes ... Glenda Baker McMartin (as Lara Boyd Rhodes)
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Storyline

Rita Fiore hires Spenser to determine if two-time loser Ellis Alves really did kill a college coed. Soon everybody wants him off the case, from the investigating officer to the parents of the dead girl's boyfriend; and a professional hitman named Rugar is trying to kill him. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert B. Parker's Small Vices See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Mantegna was Parker's personal choice for the role of Spenser. He often said he was.dissatisfied with Robert Urich in the role most likely due to his young age. See more »

Quotes

Hawk: You're the detective. I'm just a thug.
Spenser: You're too modest.
Hawk: Didn't mean to say I wasn't a great thug.
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Connections

Follows Spenser: Ceremony (1993) See more »

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Casting
23 May 2004 | by thetallcool1See all my reviews

I agree, casting the Role of Spenser is a tough one, but if you have seen the poster/soverbox for the movie, "The Substitute", or if you saw "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead", you can't argue with the fact that Treat Williams would have to make the all-time best Spenser. He's a boxer, He's Irish, He has the smirk, and he's a very good actor, he IS Spenser. And don't just get the first black guy that looks like Avery Brooks to play Hawk, put some thought into that as well. Ving Rhames would do well, since he can slide in and out of the educated accent and the street jive, and he's also one of the better actors out there. If not Ving, another good choice would be Dennis Haysbert, Pedro Serrano from "Major League". Susan Silverman is a tough one. Mr. Parker has almost made her shoes impossible to fill, but if I had to pick an actress who has her charm, looks, smarts, and is also Jewish (why not, Susan is?), I'd have to go with Rena Sofer. The other characters could be played by most any other character actors, Luis Guzman was spot-on as Cholo, the guy who played Little John In "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" is a great Teddy Blue, and Dan Hedaya is who I always see as Vinnie.

Those are just my opinions, everyone sees these characters in a different way. But Joe Mantegna is NOT spenser, sorry.....


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