The Little Things

Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who’s terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
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Film Cast:

  • Joe “Deke” Deacon: Denzel Washington
  • Jim Baxter: Rami Malek
  • Albert Sparma: Jared Leto
  • Detective Sal Rizoli: Chris Bauer
  • Flo Dunigan: Michael Hyatt
  • LASD Captain Carl Farris: Terry Kinney
  • Detective Jamie Estrada: Natalie Morales
  • Ana Baxter: Isabel Arraiza
  • Detective Sergeant Rogers: Joris Jarsky
  • Captain Henry Davis: Glenn Morshower
  • Tina Salvatore: Sofia Vassilieva
  • Detective Dennis Williams: Jason James Richter
  • Officer Henderson: John Harlan Kim
  • Stan Peters: Frederick Koehler
  • Marsha: Judith Scott
  • Ronda Rathbun: Maya Kazan
  • Julie Brock: Tiffany Gonzáles
  • Mary Roberts: Anna McKitrick
  • Paige Callahan: Sheila Houlahan
  • Tamara Ewing: Ebony N Mayo
  • Guy Jogger: Matt Morrison
  • Amy Anders: Olivia Washington
  • Tow Truck Driver: Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • Flanders: J. Downing
  • Ghoul Squad: Sean Spann
  • Jennifer Baxter: Sophia Castro
  • Chloe Baxter: Calliah Sophie Estrada
  • Burns: Thomas Crawford
  • LASD Tech #1: Eric Satterberg
  • LASD Tech #2: Ian Gary
  • Waitress: Linara Washington
  • Bill Rathbun: Jeff Corbett
  • Phyllis Rathbun: Stephanie Erb
  • Teenage Girl: Samantha Cormier
  • Truck Driver: Smalls
  • Landlady: Lee Garlington
  • St. Agnes Hotel Manager: Dimiter D. Marinov
  • ABC Appliance Owner: Julia Vera
  • AAA Appliance Owner: Jack Topalian
  • Felix: Charlie Saxton
  • Grunge Kid: Justin Barnhill
  • Lab Coat Tech: Emil Beheshti
  • LAPD #1: Bradley James
  • LAPD #2: Ben Kliewer
  • LAPD #3: Hank Northrop
  • Bum: Bob Golub
  • Delinquent Kid: Ben Sanders
  • Greg Alberts: Adam J. Harrington
  • Pike’s Bartender: Neil Garcia

Film Crew:

  • Original Music Composer: Thomas Newman
  • Casting: Denise Chamian
  • Director of Photography: John Schwartzman
  • Producer: Mark Johnson
  • Production Design: Michael Corenblith
  • Costume Design: Daniel Orlandi
  • Foley Artist: Christopher Moriana
  • Sound Mixer: José Antonio García
  • Boom Operator: Jonathan Fuh
  • Hairstylist: Larry M. Cherry
  • “A” Camera Operator: Ian Fox
  • Supervising Art Director: Lauren E. Polizzi
  • Producer: John Lee Hancock
  • Executive Producer: Kevin McCormick
  • Editor: Robert Frazen
  • Digital Intermediate Colorist: Stefan Sonnenfeld
  • Stunts: Jalil Jay Lynch
  • Costume Assistant: Anders Jansson
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: David E. Fluhr
  • Stunts: Carl Ciarfalio
  • Executive Producer: Mike Drake
  • Stunt Coordinator: Tim Trella
  • Set Decoration: Susan Benjamin
  • Second Assistant Director: Stephanie Tull
  • Stunts: Dennis Fitzgerald
  • Stunts: Tim Rigby
  • Makeup Designer: Donald Mowat
  • Costumer: Frank Perry Rose
  • Post Production Supervisor: Erica Frauman
  • Set Designer: Lorrie Campbell
  • Art Department Coordinator: Stephanie Higgins Frey
  • Stunts: Greg Fitzpatrick
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Gabriel Sánchez
  • Makeup Artist: Carl Fullerton
  • Set Costumer: Marylou Lim
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Tim LeDoux
  • Visual Effects Producer: Jason Sanford
  • Property Master: Don Miloyevich
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Jon Johnson
  • Foley Artist: Alyson Dee Moore
  • Script Supervisor: Dawn Gilliam
  • ADR Supervisor: Darren King
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Gregory King
  • Sound Effects Editor: Yann Delpuech
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Erik Rogers
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Mark Nieman
  • First Assistant Editor: Chris Jackson
  • “B” Camera Operator: Jody Miller
  • Set Costumer: Myron Baker
  • Hair Department Head: Michael White
  • Unit Production Manager: Leigh Shanta
  • Art Direction: Samantha Avila
  • Stunts: Hannah Betts
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Christopher Alba
  • Stunts: Dustin Courtney
  • Stunts: Manny Perry
  • First Assistant Director: Donald Sparks
  • Special Effects Supervisor: Mark Hawker
  • Assistant Accountant: Jeremy Fischer
  • Chief Lighting Technician: Todd Heater
  • Stunts: Eddie L. Watkins
  • Still Photographer: Nicola Goode
  • Props: Stuart Rankine
  • Costume Supervisor: Edward T. Hanley
  • Production Coordinator: Lori Berlanga
  • Key Costumer: Demetricus Holloway
  • Production Secretary: Andrés Moret Urdampilleta
  • Sound Effects Editor: Dan Gamache
  • Stunts: Mehdi Merali
  • Video Assist Operator: Michael Herron
  • Stunts: Angela Meryl
  • Graphic Designer: Geoffrey Mandel
  • Stunts: Allan Padelford
  • Stunts: Janelle Beaudry
  • Stunts: Sabrina LeBrun
  • Stunts: Colby Lemmo
  • Set Designer: Michael Budge
  • First Assistant Accountant: Sarah Gray
  • Ager/Dyer: Jack Taggart
  • Stunts: Bill Leaman
  • Drone Operator: Steven Blizzard
  • Dolly Grip: Brad Rea
  • Dolly Grip: Michael Wahl
  • Foley Mixer: Darrin Mann
  • Title Designer: Alan Munro
  • Second Assistant “B” Camera: Milan Janicin
  • Camera Loader: Rio Noel Zumwalt
  • Stunts: LaFaye Baker
  • Assistant Chief Lighting Technician: Doug Ednie
  • Key Makeup Artist: Ruth Haney
  • Props: Christopher Hansen
  • Production Accountant: Gail Marks
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Todd Schlopy
  • Grip: Gabe Camacho
  • 24 Frame Playback: Matthew Morrissey
  • Dialogue Editor: Jessie Anne Spence
  • Set Decoration Buyer: Jenn McLaren
  • Stunts: Linda Jewell
  • Aerial Camera: Dan Godar
  • Leadman: Joel Prihoda
  • Set Dresser: Rafael Somarriba
  • Assistant Property Master: Albert Valdez
  • ADR Mixer: Dave Wilson
  • Stunts: Ross Scharphorn
  • Key Rigging Grip: Michael E. Pacheco
  • Props: Chris Langevin
  • Set Costumer: Nancy Malone
  • Key Grip: Alex Cruz
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Alejandro Mora
  • Graphic Designer: Martin Charles
  • Second Assistant “A” Camera: Thomas D. Lairson Jr.
  • Set Dresser: Merdyce McClaran
  • Rigging Gaffer: Michael D. Anderson
  • Compositor: Min Young Kim
  • Set Dresser: Xavier Corby
  • Stunts: Gregory Carlton Battle
  • Key Hair Stylist: Michael Ward
  • Payroll Accountant: Rick Roesch
  • Special Effects Technician: Joe Love
  • Stunts: Chris Denison
  • Stunts: Ales Ordelt
  • Stunts: Julius Denem
  • Stunt Coordinator: Robert Powell
  • Second Unit First Assistant Director: Jason Inman
  • Stunts: Travis Fienhage
  • Utility Sound: Sheraton Toyota
  • Digital Imaging Technician: Steve Freebairn
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Andrae Crawford
  • Compositing Supervisor: Nicholas Daniels
  • Digital Imaging Technician: Kai Borson-Paine
  • Assistant Editor: Gaby Zamora
  • Assistant Production Coordinator: Jessica DeLuca
  • Assistant Accountant: Carlos Healy
  • Assistant Accountant: Alexandra Rubisz
  • Assistant Accountant: Eric Behnke
  • Assistant Accountant: Austin Lewis
  • Set Decoration Buyer: Emma Verdugo
  • Set Dresser: Benjamin Robertson
  • Set Dresser: Bernardo Osorio
  • Set Dresser: Brant Boling
  • Costumer: Caroline Skubik
  • Set Costumer: Artemio Carpio
  • Costume Assistant: Richard Gartrell
  • Lighting Technician: Danny Carrillo
  • Lighting Technician: Richard Arana
  • Lighting Technician: Eric Kramer
  • Lighting Technician: Scotty Frazer
  • Lighting Technician: Devin Hayes
  • VFX Artist: Jason Evanko
  • ADR Mixer: Jonathan Gomez
  • Compositor: Daniel Dupre
  • Compositor: Kyle Merola
  • VFX Artist: Cathy Shaw
  • Visual Effects Producer: Andrew Kalicki
  • Best Boy Grip: Michael D. Gonzalez
  • Drone Cinematographer: Christopher J. Schuster
  • Drone Pilot: Zynnia Cabrera
  • Grip: Edwin Rios

Movie Reviews:

  • garethmb: Academy Award Winners Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Remi Malik star in the new thriller “The Little Things” and combine to make very gripping and memorable performances.

    The script was reportedly written over thirty years ago by John Lee Hancock who has gone on to write, direct, and produce multiple films of note in the decades since he first created the screenplay.
    The film is set in 1990 and involves a cop named Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington), who travels from his small California town to Los Angeles to get information on a suspect.

    Joe has a history in L.A as he used to be a homicide detective for the department which combined with his meltdown while obsessing over a murder case has caused him more than a bit of notoriety.

    Jim Baxter (Remi Malik) is the hotshot new Detective who has been leading the investigation into a string of unsolved murders. Joe accompanies Jim to a new crime scene and notes some similarities with his unsolved case. Joe takes some personal days and begins to do some legwork on the case and reports his findings to Jim which causes Joe to remember aspects of what drove him to his marital, health, and career issues as he is unable and unwilling to let the case drop.

    When a prime suspect no longer fits into the picture; suspicions fall on a crime enthusiast named Albert (Jared Leto) who seems to check all the boxes but is also taking delight in winding up Joe which causes Jim to question if he is a viable suspect or just an oddball who gets off on crimes and winding up the cops but does not actually commit any offenses.

    As the delicate dance unfolds between the characters the fact that this is an era before Cell Phones, DNA tests, GPS, and elaborate computer networks helps underscore the plight of the officers. If the film was set in a modern setting much of the suspense and uncertainty of the story and characters would be moot thanks to technology.

    As the game of cat and mouse unfolds between the characters Jim learns how a person can become obsessed with a case and Joe attempts to mentor him from the success and failures of his life which includes some gray areas.
    Aside from the strong performances and engaging story what makes “The Little Things” work is that it is a film that does not take the Hollywood fallbacks of extended gunfights, car chases, and over the top action scenes. What it does show is real and flawed characters that are doing what they think are right and does not attempt to wrap things up nice and tidy.

    The film uses the element of doubt to not only drive the story but the actions of the characters which underscores that an element of uncertainty exists in some investigations and in with the resources available to police at the time; things are not always certain.

    The film will appear in cinemas and HBO Max and is a compelling and well-crafted thriller that is not to be missed.

    4.5 stars out of 5

  • JPV852: Okay movie made watchable thanks to Washington, Malek and to some extent Leto. Is a bit slow so does take a bit of patience to get to the end, but it’s worth checking out. In addition, this is a movie that deserves the straight-to-streaming treatment and not pay to see in theaters. **3.0/5**
  • SWITCH.: ‘The Little Things’ is a diversion – not the worst way to kill two hours, and definitely a movie with some people in it. It’s a shame there isn’t more to recommend about it.
    – Jake Watt

    Read Jake’s full article…
    https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-the-little-things-three-oscar-winners-one-so-so-mystery

  • Louisa Moore – Screen Zealots: “The Little Things” is such a by-the-book police procedural drama that the film doesn’t stand out much. It could be just another season of “True Detective,” or could run together in your memory with dozens of similar crime movies from the last 30 years. The story is familiar, but the ridiculous amount of talent from the Oscar winning cast helps to slightly elevate this routine material.

    Veteran sheriff Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) teams up with police Sergeant Jim Baxter (Rami Malek) to search for a serial killer who’s murdering women in the Los Angeles area. With the body count rising, the men begin to focus on a suspect named Albert (Jared Leto), a disturbing and unbalanced man who enjoys toying with the cops. The men go to great lengths to uncover the guilty party, but the investigation brings up a dark history that uncovers some of Deacon’s long-buried secrets.

    In terms of psychological crime thrillers, there’s nothing new here. The plot is uncomplicated and direct, and even the surprise reveal isn’t unexpected. Washington is the ideal casting choice as Deacon. He’s a reliable old timer, and there aren’t many actors like him who are working today. He plays well against Malik’s understated brooding, and both are no match for Leto. He’s great at creating crazed psychopath characters, selling the role as an unhinged killer right down to the most intimidating physical mannerisms. The cast is the film’s strongest point.

    Director John Lee Hancock makes the awful choice to score scenes with 60’s rock and roll, which is almost as off-putting as the distracting, choppy editing. There are depictions of crime scenes that are gruesome and distressing, giving the film an unsettling vibe. The overall atmosphere is unpleasant, and the film ultimately feels pointless.

    “The Little Things” isn’t a total dud by any means, but it’s not one of the best examples of the genre. The screenplay (by Hancock) is written for those who enjoy disciplined crime dramas, and it should satisfy fans who aren’t expecting too much.

    By: Louisa Moore

  • lipjam: Good actors. Ok pacing. Storyline somewhat disjointed and unbelieveable at times. Poor ending.
  • MSB: Boasting some of the worst editing of the last couple of years, John Lee Hancock (The Highwaymen) delivers a Se7en’s copycat narrative that lacks the overall interest and impact of the classic film. Despite good performances from the (type)cast, the supposedly mysterious, suspenseful story surrounding a serial killer is just another variation of the same formula people have seen hundreds of times.

    Characters, relationships, and plot points are far from compelling, making the whole movie feel extremely forced and somewhat predictable. With no surprise factor and zero innovative developments, the overextended runtime simply becomes heavier and heavier…

    An utter waste of remarkable actors.

    Rating: D

  • CinemaSerf: I was quite intrigued by the trailer for this. Somehow, though, they seem to have managed to squash all that’s interesting about the film into it… It reminded me a great deal of “Se7en” (1995) with Denzel Washington “Deke” a former detective with a history that resulted in him being relegated to a rural uniformed role. He is despatched to the big city to collect some evidence whereupon he becomes embroiled in an investigation led by the cocky “Baxter” (a rather wooden Rami Malek) into a series of brutal killings. The title of the film is the gist of Washington’s character – he is methodical and detailed in his methods, and together this unlikely alliance starts to bear fruit – they get their suspect, but he (Jared Leto) is no fool, and soon the game of cat and mouse leaves us uncertain as to whom is pulling who’s strings. The first half-hour is quite well structured and effective, we get a sense of the mystery and the two stars gel quite well together. The second hour of the film, though, is really pretty poor with an ending that I felt really let the whole thing down. Any semblance of plausibility is sacrificed, almost as if director John Lee Hancock felt he was running out of time so had to cram too much into the closing stages – and so we are left with a hastily cobbled together conclusion that really underwhelms. Not a film you need bother seeing in the cinema – it is bound to be on a streaming service shortly to help you kill 2 hours.
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