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Mind Prey (1999)

John Sandford's computer program developing detective, Lucas Davenport (Eriq LaSalle) is brought to tv. In this case a mentally deranged man (Titus Welliver) takes his former psychiatrist (... See full summary »


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John Sandford (novel), Adam Greenman (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eriq La Salle ... Lucas Davenport
Titus Welliver ... John Mail
Sheila Kelley ... Andi Manette
Kenneth Welsh ... Tower Manette
Nicole Ari Parker ... Weather Karkinnon
Luis Guzmán ... Det. Black
Judy Reyes ... Det. Vega
Linda Thorson
Christopher Cousins
Jayne Eastwood ... Police Chief Roux
Maria Ricossa ... Nancy Wolfe
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... Det. Sloan
Jody Racicot ... Det. Greave
Jennifer Podemski ... Gloria Crosby
Anais Granofsky ... Ice


John Sandford's computer program developing detective, Lucas Davenport (Eriq LaSalle) is brought to tv. In this case a mentally deranged man (Titus Welliver) takes his former psychiatrist (Sheila Kelley) and her two children hostage in revenge for the torment he feels he suffered while being incarcerated at a hospital. However, there may be other things involved, as well. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The ultimate mind game.


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Release Date:

22 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Sanford's Mind Prey See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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This is the only John Sandford book made movie and it is the seventh one in the series. See more »

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Artistic Butchery
23 March 1999 | by Curt_SSee all my reviews

If you are a fan of John Sandford's awesome Prey novels, you will NOT like this movie. Even though I don't consider myself a purist, Eric LaSalle has taken way too many liberties in adapting this great novel to suit his needs/wants. (I thought I saw him name somewhere as a Producer).

If you haven't read any of Sandford's books, start now. Don't let the disappointment of this Hollywood-ized version lead you to believe that Sandford is just another hack.

The only two characters in the TV movie that even closely resembled the picture I had in my mind's eye are Bill MacDonald as Detective Sloan and Jayne Eastwood as Police Chief Roux and their characters were barely developed to the point where I could like them as much as their parchment-dwelling counterparts.

One of the reasons I like the characters in the novels is that they are real. LaSalle's Lucas Davenport is just another TV cop who is Superman - doing everything himself, surrounded by cops who would be lost without him.

In case you hadn't noticed, I didn't like this movie. Within the first five minutes, I was tempted to turn it off. Then, I decided that I wanted to write this review, so I struggled through it for the sake of 'knowing what I was writing about.' If you are tempted to see this as a re-run, don't. Get the book. Better yet, get Rules Of Prey (the first of nine Lucas Davenport novels by Sandford thus far) and start the journey the right way. Hmph.

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