Slow Burn

Slow Burn

Director: Wayne Beach Cast: Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer

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A cop trying to clear the name of a woman he loves falls deep into a morass of corruption in this crime thriller. Ford Cole (Ray Liotta) is the district attorney in a crime-ridden town where he's contemplating a run for mayor in a bid for greater power. Cole is also having an affair with one of his assistants, Nora Timmer (Jolene Blalock), though he tries to keep that a secret. One evening, while Cole is chatting with journalist Trippin (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Timmer arrives with startling news -- she claims to have been sexually assaulted by Isaac Duparde (Mekhi Phifer), a clerk at a nearby music store who broke into her apartment. Making matters more complicated is the fact that Duparde is currently dead in her flat, leaving Cole to find a way to protect Timmer while not staining his own reputation. Cole realizes this may be harder than he imagined when Luther Pinks (LL Cool J) arrives on the scene to tell him that Timmer actually lured Duparde back to her apartment on purpose, in an effort to get information on a well-connected organized crime figure. Slow Burn was the first directorial effort from screenwriter Wayne Beach.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2007
UPC: 0031398216711
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 52,846

Special Features

Deleted and alternate scenes; Commentary with director Wayne Beach; "Fire in the Streets" featurette; 16 x 9 widescreen; Dolby Digital audio; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Liotta Ford Cole
LL Cool J Luther Pinks
Mekhi Phifer Isaac Duperde
Bruce McGill Godfrey
Chiwetel Ejiofor Ty Trippin
Taye Diggs Jeffrey Sykes
Jolene Blalock Nora Timmer
Guy Torry Actor

Technical Credits
Wayne Beach Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Jim Black Musical Direction/Supervision
Pierre Blain Sound/Sound Designer
Kristina Boden Editor
Steven Break Executive Producer
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Thierry Craig Special Effects Supervisor
Starvos Evangelou Art Director
Miles H. Ferguson Associate Producer
Tim Galvin Production Designer
Amanda Harding Casting
Andrew S. Karsch Executive Producer
Sidney Kimmel Producer
Amanda Koblin Casting
L'Intrigue Special Effects
Raymond Lambert Associate Producer
Judy Lovell Makeup
Larry Lynn Camera Operator
Nicoletta Massone Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Murphy Asst. Director
John Penotti Executive Producer
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Wax Poetics Songwriter
Andy Reimer Executive Producer
Jeff Rona Score Composer
Matthew Rowland Co-producer
Russell Moore Set Decoration/Design
Fisher Stevens Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Producer
Aldo Tirelli Casting
Anthony Walton Original Story
Tim Williams Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Slow Burn
1. Best in State [4:24]
2. Danny Free Zone [1:55]
3. Pain and Rain [4:16]
4. Taste of Blood [3:33]
5. Second Side [2:52]
6. Gas Money [4:41]
7. Guessing Game [3:14]
8. Enough Rumors [2:51]
9. Gang Violence [2:51]
10. 5 AM [3:17]
11. Wanting to Believe [2:14]
12. Release Attempt [2:45]
13. Main Course [3:56]
14. Looking for Soul [1:39]
15. Changing Face [2:45]
16. Ghost Lead [3:07]
17. Doesn't Exist [3:07]
18. Optimum Time [2:34]
19. Afraid [3:55]
20. Murder Tale [3:01]
21. Middle Man [4:08]
22. Getting the Proof [5:02]
23. Danny's Street [3:03]
24. Saying Goodbye [17:12]

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Slow Burn 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SLOW BURN is a film that has much to like, much promise, and a cast of trusty actors to bring it off. The problem with the result is in director/writer Wayne Beach's hands and especially in the editing job on the completed film. It is like watching a 'follow-the-bouncing-ball' film: there are many surprises and subplots and altered identities that keeping a score card of where the story is going is a bit difficult. Reduced to the bare bones the plot takes place in a 24 hour period during which District Attorney Ford Cole (Ray Liotta) and his Assistant DA Nora (Jolene Blalock) are in a showdown with a significant crime boss Luther Pinks (LL Cool J). Nothing is as it seems, as irritating flashbacks attempt to prove, and in the end the good guys and the bad guys are difficult to appreciate. There are some excellent performances by reliable actors such as Taye Diggs, Mekhi Phifer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Bruce McGill, but the plot depends on a significant point of the confused racial identity of Jolene Blalock's character, and though she acts well, the part would have been better served by an actress like Nicole Ari Parker, to name just one. The problem with this supposedly enigmatic thriller is that the astute viewer will see through the plot far too early. But given the quibbles, it is good to see these actors at work, especially the underused Ray Liotta. Grady Harp