Tom Selleck returns to the role of Jesse Stone, the troubled but uncompromising police chief of Paradise, Massachusetts in Jesse Stone: Thin Ice. The fifth made-for-television movie in the Stone series, and the first not directly adapted from a specific novel by Robert B. Parker, the engrossing Thin Ice is an apt title for a story that finds a pair of investigations and Stone''s relationship with Paradise''s town council looking perilous. Wounded during a murderous attempt on Captain Healy (Stephen McHattie) of the Massachusetts State Police, Stone sets out to find the would-be killer against the wishes of Internal Affairs, the Paradise council, and Healy himself. Meanwhile, a woman (Camryn Manheim) whose newborn baby was stolen from her and presumed dead years ago appeals for help from a skeptical Stone. The chief''s usual problems with alcohol and the breakup of his marriage continue to haunt him, too. But none of that lessens Stone''s determination to follow his own moral code as he takes on his superiors'' shady ethics, a would-be killer, and a possible kidnapper.
Selleck, the show''s co-writer and executive producer, is much older than Parker''s original character. But he certainly captures the soul and rhythms of the quintessential Parker hero, and brings a fitting, gruff decency to the role. Kathy Baker is very good as one of the two officers under Stone''s command (Kohl Sudduth is quirky, good fun as the other cop). William Devane is a grizzled cipher as Stone''s chain-smoking shrink, and Leslie Hope provides a film noir edge as Stone''s cynical lover, a cop with the rather improbable name of Sidney Greenstreet. --Tom Keogh
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Jesse Stone is back! When his friend and fellow cop is shot during a visit to Boston, small town police chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) risks his life and career to solve the crime while also investigating the disappearance of a missing child in this exciting fifth installment in the popular Jesse Stone movies based on the best-selling books by Robert B. Parker.
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