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Criminal Law (1988)

Oldman plays a lawyer who defends a killer, but, soon after he wins he finds out that the killer is guilty.

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Det. Stillwell
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Det. Mesel
Sean McCann ...
Jacob Fischer
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Gary Hull
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Prof. Clemens
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Claudia Curwen (as Karen Wooldridge)
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Isabel Fuertes
Rob Roy ...
Ethan Parks
Terrence Labrosse ...
Judge (as Terrence La Brosse)
Barbara Jones ...
Sandra Massina (as Barbara Ann Jones)
Jeannie Walker ...
Mrs. Monroe
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A rising young attorney successfully defends a man accused of murder, only to have the same type of murder then happen again. Right away the previously defended man hires the attorney again, and although the attorney is quite certain that he is the killer, he agrees to again defend him... much to the consternation of his friends. However, he explains that by being his attorney he will be better able to catch the man in a mistake... and on this the rest of the film develops, with the killer playing a cat and mouse game with the attorney until, at last, they both must recognize that they are not all that different. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster." - Nietzsche. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$9,974,446
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According to the Turner Classic Movies website, the "film was released in one city [for (only) one day] in the USA (on) November 11, 1988". See more »

Goofs

Fuel pumps display amounts in liters even though the location is supposed to be in Massachusetts. See more »

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Martin Thiel: I love the rain... it washes everything away... makes it clean.
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If you miss this, you won't miss much.
8 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

There are indications that the script has some interesting things to say about vigilante justice and law enforcement (among other subjects), but they're lost in a film that's much too long, too slow and too dark (when it's night, you can barely make out what's happening). The characters are very sketchy, and the plot has almost no surprises. Perhaps the film would've worked better if Oldman (who's over-the-top as the lawyer) and Bacon had switched roles. (**)


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