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Criminal Law (1988)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  28 April 1989 (USA)
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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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$9,974,446 (USA)
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Directorial debut in US films for Martin Campbell. Campbell directed three others movies before in UK. 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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And the winner of the Mystfest award goes to...
5 April 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

(taaa-daaa)....what the hell is a Mystfest anyway? "Criminal Law", an aging thriller/suspense flick, features a supercharged Oldman plays a hotshot attorney who gets involved with a client who....aw, never mind. This film is so convoluted I felt like I should be taking notes. The problem is, I was too busy yawning. Engaging at first, "CL" wears itself out early on as Campbell steers his crew through a rote production, apparently obsessed propagating his notion of good film to the exclusion of the audience's. A dreary Canadian shoot with a made-for-tv feel, "CL" gives us little with which to empathize and so we quickly disengage and let the movie run wearing itself out to the drooping of audience eye lids.


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