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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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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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A killer is back on the streets. The only one who can stop him is the lawyer who set him free. See more »

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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$9,974,446 (USA)
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Debut American theatrical feature film of English director for Martin Campbell. See more »

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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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Pretty Bad
31 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

4 out of 10

A somewhat unbelievable storyline with some haunted-house type "shocks" that really don't fit in.

Gary Oldham's performance is very erratic...not so much the quality of the performance but the consistency. His character does not behave in a consistent manner. Sometimes calm/relaxed/methodical/thoughtful, sometimes violent/loud/almost crazed. It's just not believable.

Have many 80s movies dated badly? Will they be more enjoyable 20 years from now?




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