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At the end of the movie, Matthew McConaughey shows up as the sheriff in the office that FBI Agent Doyle phoned back at the beginning of the movie, after McConaughey had already introduced himself as Fenton and said his brother Adam, was the killer.

How did Doyle not know the name of the sheriff at the office he called was the same name as McConaughey mentioned in his story? That, in fact, McConaughey was saying the sheriff was the killer? That would have been a noteworthy point the agent might have questioned further.

I guess that's a function of "God protecting him"...?

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Well, if by "God protecting him" you mean the major plot device, then yes. But in this instance, God protecting him looked like his wife answering the phone and "recognizing" Fenton's name, sharing a narrative about a "ruckus" involving a stolen ambulance and his brother's body. When Agent Doyle comes back after making that call (sheriff) Adam says, "Did my story check out?" To which Doyle answers something like, "They say as long as you bring back the ambulance they will let the whole thing go." And Adam replying, "Gotta love small towns."

One of the great things about this film is it is so tight. A truly great story, a genuine horror and a few twists embedded in an overarching narrative. I just happened to hear it referenced and went back to re-watch...still holds up well after 20 years!

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