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Is This a Plot Hole? -- (Spoilers)


Isn't this a huge plot hole ... or did I miss something? In the final few scenes, Elizabeth McGovern and Steve Guttenberg concoct that plan to entrap the killer/rapist in order to catch him. When Elizabeth McGovern was in the bar, dressed and acting sexy, the killer/rapist peeks at her wallet in order to find out her address (so that he can go there to attack her). In peeking at the wallet, wouldn't the killer/rapist also see Elizabeth McGovern's NAME (not just her address) ... and realize that, geez, this is the same girl that I was on trial for attacking a week or so ago ... no? Her name was no secret to the killer/rapist. She even appeared and testified at his trial. And she was his accuser. I am sure the killer/rapist would be familiar with his victim's name, especially when there is a court trial. Then: obviously, the killer/rapist would recognize her name ... and put two and two together ... and realize that this was a set-up. (Why? Because he knew the girl victim was angry that he was found innocent at the first trial, where Steve Guttenberg's poor vision screwed up the State's case.) Realizing it was a set up, he would just take off and not indulge Elizabeth McGovern in her scheme. So, is this a big plot hole ... or am I missing something here? Thanks.

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Unless they had previously arranged to create a false ID and place it in her wallet for this purpose.

However I find the whole of the final entrapment scenario so over the top as to be completely impalusible anyhow.

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it was a library card. i didn't see a name, just her address. but this is pretty convenient for all the reasons you point out.

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You are just thinking too much for this no-brainer. Suspend your disbelief!

Anyways: Psychopaths don't act rational. If they feel like it they kill.



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good point. that didnt make sense unless they had a fake ID which they wouldnt have as they didnt know of the ID scheme

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I'm watching this film now and I have a theory, perhaps the guy knew it was the woman he was put on trial for assaulting but he wanted to rape and kill her anyway. Perhaps he just thought she was out having a good time and didn't suspect that he was being set up.

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Your theory is wrong, because he's shocked when he pulls off her wig and realizes it's her.

YAAAAAY! Now you go, lady!

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Psychopaths don't act rational".

Actually, they often, or even mostly, do. How else do you think so many serial killers have managed to evade capture for years?



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I agree with your point -- it is potentially a flaw in the logic of the plot. I guess one has to assume he just glanced at her address and did NOT notice her name, which is certainly possible (he's trying to commit an address to memory, whereas he doesn't need to know the victim's name).

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it is potentially a flaw in the logic of the plot.
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Nope, it isn't. You can't have a logic flaw in a film that is totally devoid of logic. I can't think of a single logical thing the characters did, except for the Isabelle Huppert character dumping Mr. I'm-a-hero/ooooops-I-got-my-pecker-caught-you-gotta-save-meeeeeee!!!!!!!!

Yeeeeesh. What a mess this movie was.

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I think that 2 reasons would explain how their entrapment worked:
1. Her name wasn't on the card
2. Her name may have been kept anonymous at the trial because she didn't want her identity to be revealed and didn't want to look at the suspects during the line-up

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Steve Guttenberg.

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