Murder by Numbers

Murder by Numbers (2002)

Ending / spoiler

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Richard, (the blond) is killed at the end when he falls off a cliff into the ocean. Sandra Bullock thought Richard was the real killer, until a last minute revalation proves that the other kid (Justin) killed the woman, and she tricks him into confessing. He is arrested for murder. At the last scene, Sandra Bullock goes to testify at Carl Hudson's parole hearing.

Ali

Continuity mistake: When Richard hugs Justin as they are talking about evidence Justin is giving away to the police, Justin's head moves from on Richard's shoulder to buried in his chest and back. (01:06:25)

Phoenix
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Justin: I enjoy taking indefensible positions and creating an argument for them.

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Question: Could someone please explain what the title means and what numbers have to do with anything? I'm not a native English speaker and I don't get it.

Answer: It's like a paint-by-numbers, where a picture is outlined on a board, and each little piece of it has a number corresponding to a different color of paint. You paint in the spaces based on what the numbers tell you. Murder by numbers refers to the boys following all the "rules" about how to create the perfect murder: choosing a victim at random, etc. They're murdering based on what they've been told is the right way to do it.

Krista
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