James Mangold (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In this slasher-influenced take on Ten Little Indians, a classy cast is stranded at a remote motel in the Nevada desert on the proverbial dark and stormy night (which of course means that the phone lines are down and contact with the outside world is impossible). Given that the place is suspiciously reminiscent of another roadside hostelry (proprietor: N Bates), it's no surprise when they find themselves being picked off one by one in increasingly bloody ways. As the potential victims include indie favourites John Cusack and Ray Liotta, you hope that this is going to be more than a TV-movie-style murder mystery in which the guest turns are offed according to Hollywood rank, with the highest paid actor remaining. For the most part it is - the shocks are well staged, there are flashes of wit and the performances are sly without being too tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, director James Mangold can't sustain the atmosphere in the face of increasingly outlandish plot twists and the final revelation is so wildly illogical it's irritating.


Ten strangers take shelter from a storm in a remote hotel, but start to suspect their being together at the same place and time is more than just a coincidence. Before long a mysterious figure begins to murder them off one by one - leaving the guests to work out which of them is the killer, or if someone else is in the hotel. Murder mystery, starring John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet and Alfred Molina.

Cast & Crew

Ed John Cusack
Rhodes Ray Liotta
Paris Amanda Peet
Larry John Hawkes
Caroline Suzanne Rebecca DeMornay
Doctor Alfred Molina
George John C McGinley
Ginny Clea DuVall
Robert Maine Jake Busey
Lou William Lee Scott
Alice Leila Kenzle
Malcolm Rivers Pruitt Taylor Vince
Defense lawyer Carmen Argenziano
Director James Mangold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, swearing and flashing images. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Jun 2003