Insomnia (2002)

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Corrected entry: When the police searched the boyfriend's apartment they never searched the entire apartment. Standard Operating procedure is to search the entire apartment. The killer could have been hiding in the room that Dormer was hiding in.


Correction: They weren't searching for the killer, they were searching for the murder weapon. Finch told the police earlier that the boyfriend kept the gun in the heating vents. That's when Duggar told Rich to call for the warrant. Also Francis (big officer with glasses and bold head) was about to enter the room were Pacino was, but the gun was found before he entered.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, in the beach house, Dormer leaves the house and falls down in front of it. Then Ellie comes from the other house with a blanket to cover him. The question is, why did she bring a blanket, if she didn't know that Dormer was shot?

Correction: Ellie actually takes off the jacket that she is wearing and puts that over Dormer. There is no blanket involved.

Corrected entry: When Hilary Swank is talking to Al Pacino while he's dying on the boat dock his head is resting on one of the steps. On the far away shot his head is further away from the step and is not resting on it.

Correction: Because of the shading of the wood that the platform is made out of, it only appears in this short shot that his head is far from the step. While his head is far from the light-colored platform itself, his head is resting on the dark-colored step that extends from the platform.

Corrected entry: The towns of Nightmute and Unkumiut are not inside the Arctic circle. They actually experience darkness all year around, but the movie said the sun never sets.

Correction: There is actually "civil twilight," or visible light for 24 hours a day during the summer.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Al Pacino is at the murdered girls funeral we see a shot of the girl is a graduation cap and gown. She is still in Hign is possible when she hasn't graduated from high school to be wearing a cap and gown?

Correction: In most high schools, graduation pictures are taken months before graduation.

Continuity mistake: When Robin Williams is being questioned by the police for the first time, one of the cops is talking to him. Very soon afterward the cop leaves the room and is walking away. We see the cop in the distance in another room, yet we hear the cop talking to Robin Williams again as Al Pacino shuts the door. Almost immediately, the camera angle changes to the cop as he finishes talking. He is standing in front of Robin Williams again.

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Question: At the end, Maura Tierney is lying on Al Pacino's bed, having a nap/sleep. Are we then to presume they had sex before Pacino went to the airport to catch his plane back to LA?


Answer: OMG, even my 7-year old daughter realised that the scene was made for the exact opposite reason. Dormer and Tierney talked "all night" and Tierney was sleepy. Dormer and Tierney had a genuine (if short-lived) friendship. Her sleeping on his bed only referred to their trust in one another. His bed had no metaphorical meaning. In fact, it was Ellie who developed a strong crush on Dormer. A crush that interfered with her objectivity as a policewoman.

Chosen answer: Since no answer is given in the film, the audience must make their own assumptions.


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